Raphael Lemkin started thinking about the injustice of the fact that there is punishment for killing a single person, but for the extermination of entire nations there is none already in 1921, while studying philology at the Lviv University. To his question about this discrepancy, the professor replied: “Consider the case of a farmer who owns a flock of chickens. He kills them, and this is his business, his sovereign right. If you interfere, you are trespassing.”

The sovereignty of countries then assumed complete freedom of action for the rulers, up to the extermination of large groups of the…

Boris Lozhkin

President of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine and Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress. https://borislozhkin.org/

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