The Raphael Lemkin collection

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By David P Rosenberg, M.P.A., Reference Services Research Coordinator, Center for Jewish History

With the Armenian Genocide back in the news I looked into the Raphael Lemkin collection at the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History. 

Raphael Lemkin coined the term “genocide.” Some of his papers and research materials are held by the American Jewish Historical Society including many index cards documenting his research. There is a portion of the collection that directly addresses Armenians that has been digitized and is available here: http://digital.cjh.org/webclient/DeliveryManager?pid=404607

The entire finding aid for the collection can be found here: http://digital.cjh.org/webclient/DeliveryManager?pid=109202 

The Center also has an online exhibit on “Raphael Lemkin and the Quest to End Genocide” 

Videos from “Genocide and Human Experience: Raphael Lemkin’s Thought and Vision” -a conference held on November 15th 2009 at the Center for Jewish History can be found here: http://www.cjh.org/lemkin/conference.php  

Donna-Lee Frieze, editor of Totally Unofficial: The Autobiography of Raphael Lemkin was a Prins Foundation Senior Scholar at the Center for Jewish History.

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