Len's Summary: Though not strictly speaking about WWI, this is the biography of the Polish lawyer who coined the term “genocide” (racial or religious murder) as a result of his study of the Armenian massacres of 1915. Thanks to Lemkin’s efforts, the United Nations in 1948 adopted the Convention the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
The Centennial commemorations are over, but WW1 remains a relevant area of study because of its enormous impact on the 20th and 21st centuries: Many present-day geographic tensions come from the post-war peace and drawing of boundaries. More families than ever are seeking to understand the war’s impact on their ancestors. The war had a profound impact on all facets of society, including post-war re-building. At the time of this writing, the influenza epidemic of 1918-19 is again newsworthy.
In 2020 we are working to increase engagement and communication with the membership. This will include: regular publication of our Journal, World War One Illustrated, and our newsletter, Here and There; a more regular social media presence; and a refreshed website.