The Jew Who Met Himmler and Other Stories
19 Pages Posted: 14 May 2010 Last revised: 9 Jun 2010
Date Written: May 14, 2010
In this article Prof. Goldman examines the historical origins of the international criminalization of genocide and the goals the author of the law hoped to achieve by its passage and enforcement. The article tells the story of a little known, yet remarkable historical incident that demonstrates how the fear of criminal consequences might act to deter even the most monstrous perpetrators of genocide; even the man who was most responsible for the implementation of the Holocaust, Nazi Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler.
Keywords: The historical origins of the international law against genocide
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