Monday, March 4, 2013

A Connecticut Yankee in Kagame's Court

Kagame will speak at 11 a.m. in Lincoln Theater about the future of his country in an address titled “Vision 20/20.”

The event is free and open to the public.
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Kagame will speak at 11 a.m. in Lincoln Theater about the future of his country in an address titled “Vision 20/20.”

The event is free and open to the public.
- See more at:
In 2005 a life-size monument of the owner of an immense tea plantation in Rwanda, Mr. Joe Wertheim from Connecticut, was errected. Born in Muenster, Germany in 1921,  Joe Wertheim was the only son in a "typical Jewish family" who immigrated to the US in 1938. In that same article Joseph Wertheim  says:
'His passion for tea has been passed on to his son, Andrew, who eight years ago left his profession in law and joined Tea Importers. According to Joe Wertheim, "Andrew's focus is the specialty tea business, but with our office being as small as it is, he does practically everything." For Andrew, the opportunity to make a difference in Rwanda and the ability to be your own boss is what attracted him to the family business.'
November 29 2012 Hillary Clinton awarded the Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) to Sorwathe Ltd. of Rwanda, a company founded by Joseph Wertheim, President of Tea Importers, Inc., a firm located in Westport Connecticut. Richard Blumenthal, Senator from Connecticut who studied at Yale, (where he was a classmate of Bill and Hillary Clinton was present at this cermony. Some more info on the background and activities of Joseph Wertheim in Rwanda.

Joe Olzacki, an administrator and teacher in Hartford Connecticut resigned january 4th 2012:
'The district announced Olzacki's resignation in a terse email to staff members late Friday, saying that "the district makes it a practice not to publicly comment on past, present or future employees. The district is and has been strongly committed to the arts program and is excited about the future of the program based on the great performances shown during the December concert series.'
'Olzacki, who was director of visual and performing arts at the time of his resigation, said Monday that he stepped down to pursue another opportunity "of which I am awaiting final details.'
Olzacki added:
'During his tenure Bloomfield's performing arts programs received praise from former President George W. Bush, and U.S. Senators Christopher Dodd and Richard Blumenthal, Olzacki said.

The district, according to Olzacki, also developed partnerships with Yale, the Hartt School, the United Nations and Rwanda.'
More details on this partnership with the United Nations and Rwanda can be found in this article from januari 2011:
'A year ago, Dr. Joseph Olzacki saw the results of genocide up close. A speaker at the UNESCO Global Intergenerational Training Forum in Rwanda, he learned first-hand how a culture and society can be destroyed when one group turns on another.'
'While in Rwanda, Olzacki met Pierre Karemera, head of the Rwanda National Commission for Human Rights and president of the International Choir of Kigali.

Now Rwanda wants Olzacki back, this time to conduct music master classes with choir members and instructors. '
More details on who pays for this second trip can be found in that same article:
'While the International Choir of Kigali will host Olzacki, he is responsible for the cost of a plane ticket. The Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT) is serving as a repository for tax-deductible donations, and is approaching several foundations on Olzacki’s behalf.

“We’re very fond of Joe and we know of his deep commitment,” says Bob Fishman, JFACT executive director. “He is very close with Rabbi Lazowski, who has asked us to pitch in and do what we can to help.” Fishman says that Olzacki would be asked to share his experiences with audiences in the Greater Hartford community upon his return from Rwanda.'
Since resigning at Bloomburg Joseph Olzacki was named a special advisor on genocide and Holocaust education at the Greenberg Center'. To mark the launch of University of Hartford's Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies brandnew Genocide and Holocaust Education Initiative he invited Paul Kagame to speak march 12 at 11 a.m. in the Lincoln Theater about the future of Rwanda.

The event is free and open to the public:
'The symposium is free and open to the public. Area high school and university students are strongly encouraged to attend. For more information on the symposium, contact the Greenberg'
The event is free and open to the public.
 An interesting story of how Rabbi Lazowski was saved by his wife's mother in the video below.

Some background on Paul Kagame's responsability, as supreme commander of the RPF, in massive scale killings of unarmed refugees in Congo can be found in the mapping report which states:
"the apparent systematic and widespread attacks described in this report reveal a number of inculpatory elements that, if proven before a competent court, could be characterised as crimes of genocide."

Let's hope participants will do some research themselves and prepare good questions.

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