Hostage of politics: Raphael Lemkin on “Soviet genocide”

  title={Hostage of politics: Raphael Lemkin on “Soviet genocide”},
  author={Anton Weiss-wendt},
  journal={Journal of Genocide Research},
  pages={551 - 559}
  • Anton Weiss-wendt
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Genocide Research
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