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My encounters with Rafael Lemkin, the penniless, persistent hero who coined the term 'genocide'

Rafael Lemkin was often considered a shabby, dogged nuisance when I met him at the UN in the 1950s. He’d lost 49 family members in the Holocaust; only seven mourners attended his own funeral. But his moral and legal clarity gave the world a new way of defining – if not deterring – mass murder

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