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What is Genocide

The United Nations (UN) defines genocide as "the policy of deliberately and systematically killing a national, racial, ethnic, or religious group."

"Although incidents of genocide have occurred throughout history, the term itself is a recent creation. It was created in the mid-1940s by Raphael Lemkin (1900–1959), a Polish Jewish lawyer who escaped from Poland after Germany's invasion in September 1939. Lemkin eventually reached the United States and in November 1944 published Axis Rule in Occupied Europe, an exposition of Nazi Germany's policies of mass extermination, deportations, and slave labor. The book is best remembered for Lemkin's use of the new word genocide. The term is derived from Greek and Latin respectively: genos means race, and cide means killing. Lemkin defined genocide as “a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.”"

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