For immediate release
November 18, 1999

War Crimes of the 20th Century Examined In Eight-Part Series on NPR News

Documentary Series Airs December 1999

[Washington, DC] -- Starting December 1, NPR® News will air an in-depth, eight-part documentary series exploring the phenomenon of war crimes in the 20th century. The reports, which air on the NPR newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered, examine the central question of whether war, genocide, ethnic cleansing, and other kinds of collective violence are aberrations or fundamental parts of human nature. In eight reports-from Germany, Rwanda, Cambodia, South Africa, Srebrenica, and The Hague-NPR News looks at the way governments and victims deal with the desire for revenge or justice.

    Part 1 - Wednesday, December 1 on All Things Considered: War, ethnic cleansing, and genocide continue to cast a shadow on the 20th century, even as human rights have become a political and social focus across much of the world. In this report, Mike Shuster reports on the psychology of war crimes.

    Part 2 - Saturday, December 4 on Weekend Edition: The case of Kosovo - the manipulation of history, reported by Sylvia Poggioli.

    Part 3 - Monday, December 6 on Morning Edition: A look at what happens in a society when perpetrators of war crimes are not punished. Reported from Cambodia by Anne Garrels.

    Part 4 - Wednesday, December 8 on All Things Considered: The social legacy of war crimes, reported from Rwanda by Jennifer Ludden.

    Part 5 - Thursday, December 9 on All Things Considered: A look back at the German experience, half a century after the Holocaust. Reported by Mike Shuster.

    Part 6 - Monday, December 13 on Morning Edition: Can justice exist without punishment? Jennifer Ludden reports on the truth and reconciliation commission in South Africa.

    Part 7 - Wednesday, December 15 on All Things Considered: The forensics of genocide. Reported by Chris Joyce from Srebrenica.

    Part 8 - Monday, December 20 on Morning Edition: Sarah Chayes reports from The Hague on whether an international court in another country, without a police force, can secure justice.

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