Apr 112015
 
National Library of New Zealand in Wellington

The National Library of New Zealand

At the invitation of the Holocaust Center of New Zealand, Carl spoke at an evening event at the National Library of New Zealand

At the invitation of the Holocaust Center of New Zealand, Carl spoke at an evening event at the National Library of New Zealand.

With Olga, of the Holocaust Center of New Zealand, who had a huge part in arranging our visit to 13 schools throughout New Zealand

 

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  One Response to “School visits in New Zealand”

  1. Hi Mr Wilkens.

    My name is Melissa Veale and you came to my Tawa College in Wellington, New Zealand roughly two month ago.

    I found your talk very interesting and eye-opening, You talked about the way that Rwanda is seen through the eyes of people who know nothing to very little about Rwanda. Before I started learning about Rwanda, I had very little knowledge and was naïve in believing that the country was like ones that I had seen on the news. A destroyed, broken country that even after all these years had still not managed to heal and rebuild. I found through your slideshow and going to find the Rwanda slideshow that my initial thoughts were wrong.

    I read and finished your book in little under 5 days. I found the information hard to read at times as it was distressing. While your book gives little insight into the huge amount of deaths that occurred, I was amazed at yours and Gasigwa’s efforts and the trouble that you went through in order to save the lives of the young children that had no political view and were only targeted because of what they were identified as.

    I am currently doing two research projects for both Legal Studies and English.

    In my English we have to relate the question to war poetry. I was wondering if you thought if my question is relevant to the Rwanda Genocide.

    To what extent does media glorify and influence warfare?

    I want to thank you for coming to my school and opening my eyes.

    From Melissa Veale

    New Zealand.

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