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The Holocaust and the Human Rights Revolution

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The Holocaust and the Human Rights Revolution: The Problem of Genocide Recognition Since the 1940s

Presented by the UC San Diego Holocaust Living History Workshop

Sponsored by Michelle and William Lerach

With support from Eleanor Roosevelt College, Revelle College and Thurgood Marshall College

Please join the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program and UC San Diego Library for a lecture by Dirk Moses, a professor of modern history at the University of Sydney and senior editor of the Journal of Genocide Research, on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Atkinson Hall Auditorium. A reception will precede the lecture, starting at 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

At the end of World War II, the Allies resolved to prosecute German leaders for conspiracy to commit crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Apart from war crimes, these were new notions, whose meaning was thrashed out in the early 1940s. This was also the time when Raphael Lemkin — a Jewish-Polish jurist who fled to the U.S. —coined the genocide concept. Despite his efforts, it hardly featured in the Nuremberg Trials, because crimes against humanity covered the same offenses. Yet the United Nations passed a convention on genocide in 1948, and Lemkin’s neologism soon became the “crime of crimes.” The crimes tried at Nuremberg now coexist uneasily with genocide in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Many scholars and practitioners take this legal architecture for granted, even presuming it to be a natural and redemptive outcome of war’s horrors, especially the Holocaust. In fact, as Moses shows in his research, contingency marks these developments in the 1940s. Because of these contingencies, genocide’s definition has been hotly contested ever since. Moses has written numerous books and anthologies, including the award-winning book German Intellectuals and the Nazi Past.

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