December 12 2013 - Raphael Lemkin and the roots of the Genocide Convention - 7:00pm
A talk by Adam Hummel - lawyer and founder of Youth Ambassadors of Peace
Commemorating 65th anniversary of the Genocide Convention.
In 1921, Raphael Lemkin, a Polish lawyer, watched as a young Armenian man murdered a Turkish government official responsible for the genocide of his people. This event spurred Lemkin into action and over the next 30 years, he worked tirelessly to define anew crime, that of "genocide" and forced world powers to sign the Genocide Convention. On the 65th anniversary of the Genocide Convention, learn the story of this remarkable man, his upbringing, the inspiration for his life's work and the legacy of what he accomplished in his 59 years.