Raphael Lemkin: Scholar and Activist


Jim Fussell is webmaster of PreventGenocide.org, where articles by Lemkin in several languages can be accessed.  He received his B.A. in History from Earlham College in 1993.

In his biographical research of the life of Raphael Lemkin, Jim Fussell has done extensive research in archives and libraries in the United States and Europe. He has also interviewed about 35 former associates and colleagues and family members who knew or met Dr. Lemkin, as well as several children of persons who knew him. 

Mr. Fussell has been a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars since 1999.  In 1999, he co-founded the International Campaign to End Genocide, which worked with the United Nations to establish the position of Special Advisor for Genocide Prevention.  He was a consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for an April 2009 exhibit on Raphael Lemkin.

His publications include "Group Classification on National ID Cards as a Factor in Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing” in National Identification Systems: Essays in Opposition, edited by Carl Watner. (McFarland, 2004), “Senator William Proxmire” in Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, edited by Dinah Shelton. (Macmillan, 2004) and  an Analytical Index for the 2003 Harper Collins (paper) edition of Samantha Powers’ book The Problem of Hell: American in the Age of Genocide, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.