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Totally unofficial : the autobiography of Raphael Lemkin
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He invented the concept and word "genocide" and propelled the idea into international legal status. An uncommonly creative pioneer in ethical thought, he twice was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Although Lemkin died alone and in poverty, he left behind a model for a life of activism, a legacy of major contributions to international law, and-not least-an unpublished autobiography.


Presented here for the first time is his own account of his life, from his boyhood on a small farm in Poland with his Jewish parents, to his perilous escape from Nazi Europe, through his arrival in the United States and rise to influence as an academic, thinker, and revered lawyer of international criminal law.

Review quote 'The publication of Lemkin's autobiography Vivid chapters of Lemkin's autobiography describe the incredible odyssey of his escape. She has digitized Lemkin's entire autobiography, the original of which is held in the New York Public Library. Rating details.

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They tell the story that two men were discussing textiles in a cafeteria in Lodz when a stranger entered. The Turkish criminals released from Malta dispersed all over the world. Gradually, the decision was maturing in me that I had to act. The axes, hammers, and guns were already prepared while the jury deliberated. We must re- member that Lemkin wrote most of his text while suffering from poor health, poverty, and loneliness. Folkmord -- prevention. The man from Lodz proved to be kind and most helpful in organiz- ing the breakfast.

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Contributor Frieze, Donna-Lee, editor. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references pages and index.

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He invented the concept and word "genocide" and propelled the idea into international legal status.