Is genocide still possible in the 21st century?
Essay submitted for the I International Essay Contest after Raphael Lemkin “Genocide – dark mark of humanity”, organized in autumn 2014 by the Society Initiatives Institute.
In January 2015, the world will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz extermination camp. Though not being the first – nor the last – genocide in human history, the Shoah, with its unique combination of destructive ideology and industrial means that led to the annihilation of millions of individuals within a few years, has sadly become its most popular expression and Auschwitz, its most famous symbol.
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