Citizen of the World: Lemkin's dream to create genocide law
UN Radio has been broadcasting since 1946. Our archive of audio material reflects the rich history of the UN and the work it has contributed to across the world.
Few people will ever have heard of Raphael Lemkin, although people across the world have to thank him for almost single-handedly making sure that genocide became recognised as an international crime. This unassuming lawyer from Poland, who lost his parents in the Holocaust during the Second World War, was instrumental in drafting the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
The true story of Raphael Lemkin is dramatised in this 1958 UN Radio Classics feature marking Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27th), which remembers the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides.
[Like all UN Radio material UN Radio Classics can be downloaded and used free of charge. To explore more of the UN Radio Classics archive visit http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/library/classics/]