By Menachem Z. Rosensaft
On December 11, 1946, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 96 (I) which declared genocide, defined as “a denial of the right of existence of entire human groups,” to be “a crime under international law which the civilized world condemns, and for the commission of which principals and accomplices – whether private individuals, public officials or statesmen, and whether the crime is committed on religious, racial, political or any other grounds – are punishable.” This resolution was adopted in the shadow of the annihilation of approximately 6,000,000 European Jews as part of Hitler’s “Final Solution of the Jewish Question,” and less than two months after ten leaders of the Third Reich had been executed at Nuremberg for “crimes against humanity.”
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