I have been working on this essay for the last six months. It was inspired in part after one of my class mates (after watching Schindler's List) asked if the Holocaust was really that bad. What I took for common knowledge (the atrocities of the holocaust) other knew little or nothing about. I then realized that in my high school and collage level history classes the holocaust was only mentioned as a side note. Originally this was just about the Nazi holocaust, but as I did more research I realized how many genocidal events had happened that we knew little or nothing about.
As of Jan 16th 2008 I do not have my reference page done, but it will be added.