If there’s a lesson to be learned from the Holocaust, it’s to strive toward the goal of “Never again.”

Retired Army Col. Dwight Raymond is to speak Monday at the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks about how past tragedies can provide a warning to prevent a repeat.

A peacekeeping operations specialist and instructor, Raymond will be at a Holocaust Remembrance Day observance and noontime lecture at the Wil Washcoe Auditorium in Root Hall from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The public is invited to attend this free lecture, but all non-Department of Defense ID card holders should stop at the Carlisle Barracks Visitors Center at 870 Jim Thorpe Road to obtain a visitors’ pass before coming onto post.

The Defense Department recognizes April 23-30 as Holocaust Days of Remembrance. Part of the emphasis of the week is the need to reflect on the root causes of prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Raymond is on the staff of the Army War College Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. His lecture “The Responsibility to Protect” will touch on how best to prevent and respond to mass casualty atrocities and genocide.

The lecture will examine the common traits of perpetrators focusing on what motivates them and how they advance their goals and objectives, Raymond said. He added he will look at the vulnerabilities of victim groups and the tendency of third-party enablers to use financial and political means to facilitate atrocities and genocide.

“It is more the political manipulation of ethnic grievances rather than just ethnic rivalries,” said Raymond, adding his goal is to bring the lessons learned from the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide and other events into a contemporary context.

Email Joseph Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com

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