No matter how hard you work on it, there remains an element of mystery in every human being. It wasn't just killing, you see - it was killing with a sadism, a cruelty you simply cannot credit.These are the words of Dorcy Rugamba, a theatre director from Rwanda who has brought his production of Peter Weiss's The Investigation to this country. He tells Jon Henley that putting on a play about the Holocaust for a Rwandan audience makes it easier to get at the universal aspects of the Rwandan genocide. Earlier Rugamba created Rwanda 94, a documentary drama about that tragedy.
The memory of the offence - it is an elementary human duty. At the weekend a museum was opened at Bergen-Belsen. Bernd Neumann, Germany's Minister for Culture, spoke of the need for the genocide against European Jewry to 'keep its paramount place within the German memory'.
Two memories, respectively 13 years and 60-odd years later.
But more than 90 years after it happened, Turkey continues to deny the genocide against the Armenians; and, in the same liberal newspaper in which the Jon Henley feature on Dorcy Rugamba appears today, it has been urged upon us that the US Congress has no business registering that this was indeed a genocide.