Events held in Warsaw, Westerplatte and Wieluń as Poland pauses to remember the start of a war that brought unimaginable levels of destruction and suffering.
An exhibition about Rafał Lemkin, a Polish lawyer of Jewish descent and the author of the "genocide" concept and the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, opened at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
Holocaust survivors, Roma people from all Europe, Polish officials and foreign diplomats will visit the former German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp on Aug. 2 to attend observances marking the 75th anniversary of the liquidation by Germans of the Gypsy camp.
Following the outbreak of WW II, in 1941 lawyer Rafał Lemkin managed to emigrate to the United States, but lost 49 of his relatives in the Holocaust. He became pivotal in helping set up the United Nation’s Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
Plans to remove a memorial in the USA to the victims of the Katyń massacre, which saw over 20,000 Polish intelligentsia murdered by the Soviet NKVD, have been slammed by Polish authorities.