Telegram from Mildred Burgess, July 9, 1948

War Department identification card, May 22, 1946, Recto

In November 2009, the Center for Jewish History launched its History of Genocide Initiative in partnership with the American Jewish Historical Society and the Yeshiva University Museum, with an international conference attended by 250 people. The conference, Genocide and Human Experience: Raphael Lemkin’s Thought and Vision, featured renowned scholars of both genocide and of the life and legacy of Raphael Lemkin. Lemkin coined the term genocide, and is considered the architect and chief motivating force behind the United Nations’ Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. A multi-sensory exhibition depicting his crusade, Letters of Conscience: Raphael Lemkin and the Quest to End Genocide, curated by Yeshiva University Museum, was on display at the Center through April 2010. The video archive of the conference and the online exhibition can be accessed below.
Click here to download an article by Aviva Cantor from the Summer 2010 issue of Na'amat Woman about Raphael Lemkin and the Conference held at the Center for Jewish History in November 2009.
The History of Genocide Initiative is made possible through the generous support of The David Berg Foundation, The Einhorn Family Charitable Trust and the Pershing Square Foundation.