Raphael LemkinRaphael Lemkin escaped the Nazi invasion of Poland coined the term “genocide,” served as an adviser to the U.S. War Department and became a law professor at Yale.

Thanks to Lemkin’s efforts, on Nov.9, 1948, the 10th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a “Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.”

Cleaving closely to his proposal, it described genocides as “ acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part , a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such.”

Source: The Father of Genocide: Wall Street Journal