Who was Raphael Lemkin?

A lot of people have heard the word ‘genocide’. However, very few people know the story of the man who coined the term. Learn more about Raphael Lemkin’s life and his tireless campaign to have genocide recognised as a crime that should be prevented and punished. Take a look at the PowerPoint we’ve created and test your understanding with our knowledge check.
When and where was Raphael Lemkin born?
1920…in USA
1916…in England
1905…in Asia
1900…in Eastern Europe
Which atrocity first made him think about the destruction of groups of people?
9/11
The persecution of Uighur people in China
The persecution of Christians in Roman times and attacks on Armenians by Turks during the First World War
The Holocaust
What was Lemkin’s job in Warsaw after he left university?
Lawyer
Teacher
Accountant
Businessman
In the 1930s Raphael Lemkin came up with some words to describe crimes against groups of people. These words were:
Vandalism and brutality
Barbarity and vandalism
Barbarity and genocide
Genocide and crimes against humanity
When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939 what did Lemkin have to do?
He fled his home in Warsaw and became a refugee…making his way to Belgium
He fled his home in Warsaw and became a refugee…making his way to Sweden
He fled his home in Warsaw and became a refugee…making his way to Sweden and having to leave his family behind.
He stayed in Warsaw
How did Lemkin find out about the atrocities that the Nazis were committing in Poland?
He was able to travel back into Poland after he first escaped
He used the internet to research
He persuaded businessmen who travelled in Poland to collect and send him information
He read about it in newspapers in Sweden
What two words did Lemkin use to form the word ‘Genocide’?
Genocide combined the Greek word ‘genos’ meaning to kill and Latin word ‘cide’ meaning group.
Genocide combined the Greek word ‘genos’ meaning to kill and English word ‘cide’ meaning group.
Genocide combined the French word ‘genos’ meaning to kill and Russian word ‘cide’ meaning group.
Genocide combined the Greek word ‘genos’ meaning group and Latin word ‘cide’ meaning to kill.
When did Lemkin coin the term ‘genocide’?
1944
1948
1947
1945
When did the United Nations recognise genocide as a crime?
1948
1944
1947
1945
Where did Lemkin die, penniless, in 1959?
Stockholm
Warsaw
London
New York
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