Totally Unofficial: The Autobiography of Raphael Lemkin

Totally Unofficial: The Autobiography of Raphael Lemkin

by Raphael Lemkin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300186967

ISBN-13: 9780300186963

Pub. Date: 06/30/2013

Publisher: Yale University Press

Among the greatest intellectual heroes of modern times, Raphael Lemkin lived an extraordinary life of struggle and hardship, yet altered international law and redefined the world’s understanding of group rights. He invented the concept and word “genocide” and propelled the idea into international legal status. An uncommonly creative pioneer in

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Among the greatest intellectual heroes of modern times, Raphael Lemkin lived an extraordinary life of struggle and hardship, yet altered international law and redefined the world’s understanding of group rights. 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he left behind a model for a life of activism, a legacy of major contributions to international law, and—not least—an unpublished autobiography.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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300186963
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2013
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,033,915
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction. The "Insistent Prophet," Donna-Lee Frieze ix

Preface 1

1 Early Years 3

2 The Flight, 1939 25

3 The Flight, 1939-1940 41

4 A Refugee in Lithuania, Latvia, and Sweden 60

5 From Sweden to the United States 79

6 First Impressions of America: April-June 1941 98

7 Alerting the World to Genocide 112

8 The Birth of the Convention 118

9 Geneva, 1948 133

10 Paris, 1948 150

11 Climbing a Mountain Again 180

12 Nearing the End 219

Appendixes 223

Notes 241

Bibliography 267

Index 277

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