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Naming the Worst Thing Imaginable

The documentary Watchers of the Sky forces viewers to confront genocide via the term’s dedicated, undaunted inventor.

The word by which we call a thing has power. Kill one man, for example, and 12 jurors may call you a murderer. Kill a million, and your countrymen may call you a leader. Thanks to the tireless crusade of Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Holocaust refugee, the world at large has another word for these mass killings: genocide.

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