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Mosse Program Event

April 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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“Messengers of Disaster: Raphael Lemkin, Jan Karski, and Twentieth-Century Genocides”

Annette Becker
Université Paris Nanterre

Mary Louise Roberts

Friday, April 15th
10:30 – 12:00 PM
Curti Lounge (5233 Humanities)

Leading up to World War II, two Polish men witnessed the targeted extermination of Jews under Adolf Hitler and the German Reich before the reality of the Holocaust was widely known. Raphael Lemkin, a Jewish lawyer who coined the term “genocide,” and Jan Karski, a Catholic member of the Polish resistance, independently shared this knowledge with Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Having heard false rumors of wartime atrocities before, the leaders met the messengers with disbelief and inaction, leading to the eventual murder of more than six million people. Messengers of Disaster draws upon little-known texts from an array of archives, including the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva and the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen.



April 15
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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