Background of 1971 Genocide Museum
The main feature of our liberation war is genocide and torture. The Genocides and Torture carried out by Pakistan Army and their collaborators during the liberation war of Bangladesh (East Pakistan) in 1971 can hardly be compared with any other massacre in the world history. After World War II, such number of people have never been killed together nowhere in the world but in Bangladesh within just nine months in the year 1971. In just nine months the Pakistani army and their collaborators have killed 3 million Bengali people. This massive massacre of Pakistan created a huge buzz around the world in favor of Bengali nation. Still Bangladesh has not yet been able to gain international recognition of genocide committed in 1971. Moreover, the distortion of the history of the Liberation War has been fueled by local and international propaganda as they tried to fake the number of martyred and persecuted people. Even war criminals have been rewarded. Important avenues of this country have been named after those criminals. So, we cannot deny the responsibility of the new war that we are fighting in the 21st century.
Because, we’ve been glorifying our Victory over Genocide-Torture since Independence. Our indifference on Genocide-Torture let the distortion of history grow like lush bush. The youth, who are supposed to take the opportunity to build a non-communal Bangladesh, are confused now.
Under these such circumstances, Dhaka University ‘Bangabandhu Chair’ Professor D. Muntassir Mamoon, the Chairman of ‘Bangladesh Itihas Sommiloni’, Bangladesh based social organization aims to study, practice, and spread secular and pro-people history, proposed country’s first ever Genocide and Torture Museum in Khulna. After his proposal, ‘1971: Genocide and torture Archive and Museum’ was founded in Khulna city on May 2014. Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given us land and house to support this noble cause. After redecorating the place, the museum has been re-launched at its own building on 26 March 2016. It’s the very first Genocide Museum not just in Bangladesh but in South Asia. Professor Mamoon has been the president of the museum trust since its inception. People of different ages and classes, especially students are visiting the museum regularly.