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by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
12 Years That Shook the World

Genocide, 1948


“We are in the presence of a crime without a name,” Winston Churchill said in a 1941 speech. At the time of the Holocaust, there was no legal definition for an atrocity on such an enormous scale. And there wouldn’t be one for seven more years—until the United Nations adopted the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. How has this document been applied in a post-Holocaust world?

Featuring Cameron Hudson, Senior Strategy Advisor and former director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. (Music: “Scenery” by Kai Engel; “Dark Matter,” “Dry Air,” “Netherland,” and “Vibe Drive” by Podington Bear; “Lurking” by Silent Partner; and “Houston Vibes Score” by Unicorn Heads.)


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by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum