Genocide Before The Holocaust

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Genocide did not exist before 1944, that is to say, before the Holocaust’s occurrence. At this time, genocide massively destroyed approximately eleven million human beings, six million of these being Jews. Under the detrimental reign of Adolf Hitler and his Nazis, these human beings were tortured and slaughtered in every way a person can be destroyed. The description of the Nazis’ systematic murder was referred to as “genocide,” by the Polish-Jewish lawyer, Raphael Lemkin. He took “geno-“ from the Greek word for race, and added “-cide” from the Latin word for killing. In 1945, the International Military Tribunal held in Nuremberg, Germany used “genocide” as a descriptive term in charging Nazis with “crimes against humanity.” On December 9th,
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