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Past Events

Past EventsSunday, February 23

Donna-Lee Frieze and A L Kennedy on Raphael Lemkin

Donna-Lee Frieze
A L Kennedy
Chair: Philippe Sands

A three-way conversation about the life and legacy of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish Jewish lawyer who coined the word “Genocide” and led the efforts to draft the first modern human rights treaty, with Donna-Lee Frieze, who has edited the unpublished manuscript of Lemkin's autobiography, and writer A L Kennedy, who  describes him as her “hero”. Chaired by Philippe Sands.

Totally Unofficial: The Autobiography of Raphael Lemkin, edited by Donna-Lee Frieze, presents, for the first time, Lemkin’s own account of his life, from his boyhood on a small farm in Poland with his Jewish parents to his perilous escape from Nazi Europe through his arrival in the United States and rise to influence as a scholar, thinker, and revered figure of international criminal law.

Donna-Lee Frieze is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan who has taught a graduate unit on Genocide Studies for over 10 years at Deakin University, Melbourne. Her teaching and research areas include genocide studies, film, and philosophy. She is the editor of Raphael Lemkin’s autobiography, Totally Unofficial.

A L Kennedy was born in Dundee. She is the author of 14 books and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. All The Rage, a new collection of short stories, will be out in 2014. She is also a dramatist for the stage, radio, TV and film and blogs regularly at Guardian Online.

Philippe Sands is Professor of Law at UCL, London. His last book was Torture Team: Cruelty, Deception and the Compromise of Law. His new book on the origins of the Great Crimes, and the interweaving lives of Lemkin, Hersch Lauterpacht and Hans Frank, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf. 

To buy books featured in this event please click hereTen per cent of all sale proceeds will go to Jewish Book Week, supporting the festival for future years.

 

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