Raphael Lemkin

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Raphael Lemkin

Raphael Lemkin
Born June 24, 1900(1900-06-24)
Bezwodne, Imperial Russia (now Belarus)
Died August 28, 1959 (aged 59)
New York City, United States
Nationality Jewish
Occupation Lawyer
Known for coining the term genocide and drafting the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
Raphael Lemkin among the representatives of four states who ratified the Genocide Convention (standing row, first from the right

Raphael Lemkin was a Polish-Jew lawyer who coined the word "Genocide". During the 1930s, Lemkin worked as a lawyer in Warsaw, until the Second World War broke out. In 1939 he joined the Polish Home Guard and after being injured he fled to Sweden then to the United States. His post war career saw him serving as an advisor to the Supreme Court and to the Nuremberg Show Trial counsel Robert H. Jackson. After this he held lectures at Yale University.

Unlike the current Zionists, who deny the persuasion of the Armenians during World War I, he called the Armenian Genocide the first "Genocide" of the twentieth century.[1]