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'Watchers of the Sky' a powerful warning about genocide
'Watchers of the Sky' a powerful warning about genocide

The documentary "Watchers of the Sky" centers on Raphael Lemkin, who coined the word "genocide" and devoted his life to ensuring that the systematic extermination of people would be an international crime. Henryk Sienkiewicz's depiction of the Roman Empire's slaughter of early Christian converts in the novel "Quo Vadis," as well as the 1915 Armenian massacre, provoked in the young Lemkin — a Polish Jew born in 1900 — a profound revulsion. He studied law at Lviv University in Ukraine, became a prosecutor and presented at the 1933 League of Nations conference in Madrid. But his caution about history repeating itself fell on deaf ears. ...