National Geographic : 2006 May
I found the story of the Builders in Iraq refreshingly optimistic, especially the outlook of the Nadirs' daughter Mivan. It was wonderful to read about a per son my age with such a hopeful view of the future. MARSHALL MOORE Huntsville, Alabama Genocide Unearthed I was shocked that your article did not mention the genocidal expulsion of the eastern Euro pean Germans beginning in the final days of World War II. According to some experts, 2.5 million persons, mostly women, children, and elderly, died in the expulsion. Many more died as a result of living conditions in the bombed-out Germany into which they were expelled. The expulsion of the Germans was an act of genocide unparalleled in peacetime history. KEARN C.SCHEMM, JR. President, German World Alliance Arlington, Virginia Taking stock of genocide-its scope, number of victims, indeed every aspect of its damage-is a difficult undertaking. So it came as no surprise that readers wrote to speak out for groups not repre sented or to question other parts of our coverage. "Genocide Unearthed" was not a definitive study: It covered only the past cen tury, and even within that epoch, it was not comprehensive. While such eminent scholars as Yehuda Bauer say the expulsion of ethnic Germans was not a genocide, his torians note that many aspects of World War II will be reassessed as new documents become available. Barbara Harffat Clark University's Strassler Family Center for Holo caust and Genocide Studies notes, "As genocide scholars, we are often challenged by representa tives of different victimized groups. This is understandable. But not every crime is a genocide. In order to explain different phe nomena, we need to be precise in our definitions and cautious in our estimates. At the same time, we are always open to new evidence." Write, email, fax Write National Geographic Magazine PO Box 98199 Washington, DC 20090-8199 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 202-828-5460 Include name, address, and daytime telephone. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. Itis what makes incubators, baby bottles and car seats possible. Itis chemistry.