"It is up to each of us to do what we can within our lives to prevent genocide."
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 07, 2012
The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) today awarded the Raphael Lemkin Prize to Professor Deborah Lipstadt of Emory University and retired U.S. Army general Wesley Clark, in honor of their outstanding contributions to the cause of genocide prevention.
In 1993, Professor Lipstadt published the landmark study Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. In 2000, Professor Lipstadt and her publisher, Penguin Books, triumphed in a trial against Holocaust denier David Irving, a case that highlighted the crucial importance of confronting denial, described by some as the final stage of genocide.
As Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO in 1999, General Clark commanded Operation Allied Force, which led to the withdrawal of Yugoslav forces from Kosovo. This marked the first time a military operation was mounted to stop a state from killing people within its own borders, an event that opened political space for the concept now known as the Responsibility to Protect, or R2P.
As AIPR Executive Director Tibi Galis said, "Both individuals embody the Auschwitz Institute's belief that it is up to each of us to do what we can within our lives, within our chosen professions, to prevent genocide."
AIPR President Fred Schwartz awarded the prizes on the occasion of a special event, held under the patronage of the Rockefeller Foundation, to present the Auschwitz Institute's work to a broader public.
AIPR's core program, the Raphael Lemkin Seminar Series, brings rising leaders in government, military, and academia to the Holocaust site of Auschwitz in Poland for education by top scholars and practitioners in the most effective approaches for preventing genocide.
The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 with the mission of building a worldwide network of leaders with the personal and professional commitment to prevent genocide. To learn more, go to http://www.auschwitzinstitute.org/what_we_do.