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East West Street: Personal Histories of Genocide and Raphael Lemkin’s Thought

  • American Jewish Historical Society 15 West 16th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

A Talk by Philippe Sands followed by a Discussion with Douglas Irvin-Erikson

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7:00 pm
Ticket Info:
$10 general ● $5 students/AJHS members/seniors ● $12 at the door

Featuring remarkable materials drawn directly from the AJHS archive, human-rights lawyer and author Philippe Sands will explore how personal lives and history are interwoven in his book East West Street, which received the 2016 Baillie Gifford (formerly Samuel Johnson) prize for nonfiction. The story – part family history and part legal thriller – connects to Sands’ work on crimes against humanity and genocide as well as to an untold story at the heart of the Nuremberg Trial that pitted lawyers Raphael Lemkin and Hersch Lauterpacht against Adolf Hitler’s former lawyer – Hans Frank.

A conversation with Douglas Irvin-Erikson, author of Raphäel Lemkin and the Concept of Genocide, will follow and focus on the consequences of the concept of genocide from the Armenian killings of 1915 – which inspired Lemkin’s work – to the atrocities perpetrated on the Yazidi community a century later.