Raphael Lemkin

Lawyer, Author

1900 – 1959

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Who was Raphael Lemkin?

Raphael Lemkin was a Polish lawyer of Jewish descent, who emigrated to the United States in 1941. He is best known for his work against genocide, a word he coined in 1944 from the rooted words genos and -cide. He first used the word in print in Axis Rule in Occupied Europe: Laws of Occupation - Analysis of Government - Proposals for Redress, and defined it as "the destruction of a nation or an ethnic group."

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Born
Jun 24, 1900
Vawkavysk
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
  • Poles
Nationality
  • Poland
Profession
Education
  • Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg
Died
Aug 28, 1959
New York City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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