I am a high school Spanish teacher and I teach my students about the dirty war and disappeared of Argentina, as well as Pinochet's rule of terror in Chile. Every year I am amazed at their lack of knowledge of these events in their country's (USA) recent past. A few of them are troubled enough to question their history teachers, only to be told that they (the teachers) don't know much about what happened in Central and South America in the 1970s and '80s.
Articles and events like this photo exhibit serve to educate as well as keeping these issues alive. Nunca Más (Never Again) was the name of the official report produced by the Argentinian committee investigating the disappeared. Just as there are segments of our global community that deny the events of the Holocaust during WWII, there are people that, even when confronted with the evidence and the facts on the dirty war, deny that such a thing happened with the consent and assistance of the US--all in the name of silencing the voice of dissent.
Thank you Ms. Schlotterbeck. I just hope you can bring this exhibit to Chicago so I can take my students to see it.
Aug 5 2007 - 8:57am