Raphael Lemkin as historian of genocide in the Americas

  title={Raphael Lemkin as historian of genocide in the Americas},
  author={Michael A. McDonnell and A. Dirk Moses},
  journal={Journal of Genocide Research},
  pages={501 - 529}
That Raphael Lemkin (1900–1959) was keenly interested in colonial genocides is virtually unknown. Most commonly, and erroneously, he is understood as coining the term genocide in the wake of the Holocaust of European Jewry in order to reflect its features as a state-organized and ideologically-driven program of mass murder. An inspection of his unpublished writings in New York and Cincinnati reveals that this is a gross distortion of his thinking. In fact, the intellectual breakthrough that led… 
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