Survivors of Genocide

by 3 Generations
Protest Signs Standing Rock
Protest Signs Standing Rock

At 3Generations we continue to collect and spread the stories we have gathered from genocide survivors.

Genocide has occurred in every era of human history, and it up to us to raise awareness about its causes and effects to prevent systematic violence.

The narratives of genocide survivors inform how they internalize the event and their world view, which they pass on to future generations. We are committed to collecting these stories with compassion and respect, and aid in the healing process of survivors and their families. 

Our three areas of focus are:

  • Syria
  • Native Americans
  • The ongoing crisis in Darfur

The U.N. defines genocide as a crime with the intention to destory, in whole or in part, a national, racial, ethnic, or religious group. Unfortunately today, the remnants of genocide are active agents in political conflicts. 

We are raising awareness of the effects of the Syrian Civil War on refugees, and how their dislacement is currently influencing their familial and cultural ties.

We continue to gather stories of Native American tribal members who remember the massacres of their families, and the cultural genocide they experienced in boarding schools and displacement. Today, Native Americans are in the midst of defending their values and rights to the U.S. government at Standing Rock.

The on-going crisis in Darfur is always on our radar, as systematic violence is still used as a political tool. The world needs to know 3.2 million people in Darfur currently need humanitarian assistance. 

Our focus on individuals helps survivors feel empowered telling their stories, and helps us communicate directly with our audience that the suffering of one is the suffering of many. 

Protest Camps
Protest Camps
Protestors at Standing Rock
Protestors at Standing Rock


Our next project will focus on the Yezidi victims of ISIS in Iraq. There are an estimated one million Yezidi worldwide and over half are currently living in Iraq, at great risk, with horrific and disturbing stories to share. At 3 Generations we are determined to bring these vital stories to public attention. As we develop new partnerships with Yezidi survivors we will endeavor to bring those stories to you as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile we have continued to spread awareness through stories of genocide and persecution of populations across our social media channels, including our website. We have recently added an interactive map to our website. Now visitors can see the countries where we work and can easily view all the interviews from any given country by topic, for example,  the genocide in Rwanda. We encourage you to take a look at the map and accompanying short films as we regularly add new interviews and short videos.


The last few months have been filled with exciting events at 3 Generations. Our short film Three, which documents the story of three Syrian refugees in Jordan, recently premiered at the Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York City on March 17th. We were thrilled to have several members of our team at the event to see the reaction the film received. 

In continuation of our efforts to have genocide included in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, we hosted environmental lawyer Polly Higgins on April 20th in New York City. Ms. Higgins spoke on many pressing issues within the topic of ecocide, and we were happy to be able to engage community members in conversation.

3 Generations Executive Director Jane Wells and Intern Luis Rivera-Nesrala also took part in the 2nd Annual Glocal Symposium at New York University on April 23rd. Rivera-Nesrala gave a presentation on Syrian refugees and how Western media has mischaracterized their true situation. 

Our ability to honor these individuals and organizations is all thanks to our generous supporters just like you. We are dedicated to continuing our work in the fight to end genocide. We invite you to check out our website,, for updates on this and all of our many projects.

Here at 3 Generations we have been hard at work continuing the fight to bring the stories of genocide survivors to light. There are so many harrowing stories to be told from brave individuals who overcame true horror, and we are proud to highlight some of these stories.

As the crisis in Syria continues, we have begun to incorporate survivors of this issue into our gameplan. We are excited to be working on multiple projects that highlight the tremendous bravery shown by survivors of the Syrian refugee crisis. We are also continuing work on our feature film "Beyond The Borders" to highlight refugees currently in exile awaiting placement in a new country. 

We have also been working to bring the issue of environmental genocide to greater light. As our environment continues to be greatly impacted by climate change, more and more individuals will see their homes disaapear from beneath their feet. They are left in search of a new home, and the major issue of climate refugees is already well underway. We are committed to giving these individuals a voice. 

You can visit our webpage,, to get the latest news on all our projects and support survivors of genocide with a donation today. Only with your help are we able to provide a platform for survivors' to tell their amazing stories. 

We are excited as we work towards distribution of the very film that inspired the founding of our organization: German Concentration Camps Factual Survey. Following a successful premiere at the Museum of Jewish Heritage this past May, we are currently negotiating terms for general distribution. With the release of the film to a wider audience, we hope to correct the intergenerational wrong that began with the silencing of founder Jane Wells’ father, Sidney Bernstein, when he first bore witness to the horrors of the German concentration camps. Keep an eye on the 3 Generations Facebook page, as well as the Night Will Fall/ German Concentration Camps Factual Survey web page  for more news and information.

We have also been hard at work continuing to spread awareness of the horrors of genocide and its persistent impact on individuals and communities around the globe. By educating ourselves and others on the trauma of historic and ongoing genocides, we move closer to a world where empathy can prevail and genocide is no more.

 You can support survivors of genocide and our efforts to end such atrocities by visiting our web page,, and watching the interviews there. Your donation to our Global Giving page allows us to film more interviews like these, providing a platform for more survivors’ voices and helping them to heal. 


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3 Generations

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Jane Wells
3 Generations Founder and President
New York, NY United States

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