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Political Science 3388E Lecture Notes - Raphael Lemkin, Nuremberg, Scapegoating


Department
Political Science
Course Code
Political Science 3388E
Professor
James S Quinn

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Genocide
Prof. Romain Murenzi
"Rebuilding Rwanda"
April 5
5-6
Conron Hall (UC 224)
1 Bonus Mark
March 11, 2010
12:34 PM
Definition
oA made up word
Genos (group) + Cide (killing) = The destruction/Killing of a
human race
oA mass killing carried out by one group towards another
oNot the immediate destruction but the sustained, systematic, and
purposeful action
oRaphael Lemkin (1900-1959)
Interest started with the killing of the Armenians by the Ottoman
Empire (WW1 and immediately after)
Did not get much support
Europe still crippled by WW1
No word for genocide as yet
Called them "acts of barbarism"
1944
Invents the word genocide to help people understand
A coordinated plan of different actions aiming at
the destruction of the essential foundations of the life of a
national group, with the aim of annihilating the group
completely
Coordinated
Has to be well-thought out
Sometimes even institutionalized
Destruction
Of the life of the group
Weakening and disintegrating any
institution (cultural/political) that will represent the
group
Annihilation
Removing any and all existence of this
group
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
oFirst used to convict Nazi officials at Nuremburg
But, not used in the judgment
Not good enough
Lemkin saw it as a legal and a human problem
Goes to the UN
1946
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