Totally Unofficial: The Autobiography of Raphael Lemkin

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Yale University Press, Jun 24, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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he left behind a model for a life of activism, a legacy of major contributions to international law, and—not least—an unpublished autobiography.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.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
TWO The Flight 1939
THREE The Flight 19391940
FOUR A Refugee in Lithuania Latvia and Sweden
FIVE From Sweden to the United States
AprilJune 1941
SEVEN Alerting the World to Genocide
NINE Geneva 1948
TEN Paris 1948
Years of Trial Convention comes into force
Appendixes
Bibliography
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