From the Editor: Lemkin Redux: in quest of a word

  title={From the Editor: Lemkin Redux: in quest of a word},
  author={Raphael Lemkin},
  journal={Journal of Genocide Research},
  pages={443 - 445}
  • R. Lemkin
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Genocide Research
When Raphael Lemkin struggled to find an appropriate term to encompass the phenomenon of existential killing, he did so in full knowledge of a range of terms in other European languages, in particular English, French and German. But, for a variety of reasons that can only mostly be guessed, he rejected them all as inappropriate, deciding instead to coin his own term: hence the neologism “genocide.” What he meant precisely by the word is still, over half a century later, cause for heated…