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Genocide After Rodney King was beaten and the white police officers were aquitted he said Why cant we all just get along A question asked by many people Rascist and Genocidal acts such as this have been going on for many years and should not be tolerated In international law the crime of destroying or committing conspiracy to destroy a national ethnic racial or religious group is known as Genocide It was defined in the Convention on Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 9 1948 The crime of Genocide has been committed or attempted many times in recorded history The best known example in this century was the attempt by Nazi Germany during the 1930s and 1940s to destroy the Jewish population of Europe known as the Holocaust By the end of World War II 6 million Jews had been killed in Nazi concentration camps The known objective of the Nazi rule was Jewish extinction In November 1938 shortly after the assassination of a German diplomat in Paris by a young Jew all synagogues in Germany were set on fire windows of Jewish shops were smashed and thousands of Jews were arrested This Night of Broken Glass Kristallnacht was a signal to Jews in Germany and Austria to leave as soon as possible Several hundred thousand people were able to find refuge in other countries but a nearly equal number including many who were old or poor stayed to face an uncertain destiny When war began in September 1939 the German army occupied the western half of Poland and added almost 2 million Jews to the German power sphere Limitations placed on Polish Jewry were much worse than those in Germany The Polish Jews were forced to move into ghettos surrounded by
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