Lemkin, Genocide, Holocaust
Yad Vashem Studies, Volume 39:1
Lemkin, Genocide, Holocaust: Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala and Sławomir Dębski, eds., Rafał Lemkin: A Hero of Humankind
Bauer writes that this book is a must read for anyone who wants to know about Rafał Lemkin and what became of his work. Yet, he also finds this anthology both peculiar and important, in that it includes valuable articles that contribute to our knowledge alongside articles that engage in historical revisionism or idealistic misinterpretations. The book contributes marginally to our understanding of genocide and deals little with the Holocaust. It provides valuable detail on Lemkin’s biography, but the events that spurred his initial work on the “ultimate crime”, the genocides of the Herrero in Southwest Africa in 1904 and of the Armenians in World War I, are not discussed.