Watchers of the Sky | 2014

Stories of courage reveal the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin, the man who created the word "genocide" and set the stage for the creation of the International Criminal Court.




With his provocative question "why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?" Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term genocide, changed the course of history. Before Lemkin, the notion of accountability for war crimes was virtually non-existent. After experiencing the barbarity of the Holocaust firsthand, he devoted his life to convincing the international community that there must be legal retribution for mass atrocities targeted at minorities. An impassioned visionary, Lemkin confronted world apathy in a tireless battle for justice, setting the stage for the Nuremberg trials and the creation of the International Criminal Court.