20th Century Genocide Webquest The devastation of the Holocaust happened over 70 years ago. But did you know that many other genocides have also occurred in the last century?
Raphael Lemkin (June 24, 1900–August 28, 1959) was a Polish lawyer of Jewish descent. Before World War II, Lemkin was interested in the Armenian genocide and campaigned in the League of Nations to ban what he called 'barbarity' and 'vandalism.' He is best known for his work against genocide, a word he coined in 1943 from the root words genos (Greek for 'family,' 'tribe,' or 'race') and -cide (Latin for 'killing'). He first used the word in print in Axis Rule in Occupied Europe: Laws of Occupation – Analysis of Government – Proposals for Redress (1944) (The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation).
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