Aliza Cantor Unit 3 Assignment 3

As I was reading through Gourevitch and Sontag I noticed they both addressed how people experienced mass genocide. Sontag noted that although people have access to images and footage of the tragedy, they did not live through it, and thus, it is not their story. They can relate to a certain extent because they saw the images on the news, however they were not personally there, they did not survive the genocide, and they most certainly did not die. She even states that those who lived through the mass genocide cannot relate to those who died, nobody can. Everyone’s experience was different and while these experiences could be similar, no ones was the same. Sure the people sitting safely across the ocean can say how horrible it was to see the photos of corpses, but they cannot relate to the loved ones of those corpses. They are feeling something different. Gourevitch addressed the same topic, however in his mind, it was “our story.” Everyone who experienced the genocide, however they may have lived through it, had witnessed it, whether that be through images or in person. After the genocide was over, people from all over were trying to help by sending supplies because they felt as though they had lived through the genocide as well, it was their story too, and it was just as much their mess to clean up. The authors differed on who had the right to feel connected to this event, however both agreed that everyone experienced it uniquely different depending on who and where they were.

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