Cassin Is Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (Great Events from History II: Human Rights Series)
Article abstract: In recognition of decades of work toward uniting the nations of the world in the fight to establish global standards for human rights, René Cassin received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Summary of Event
In November of 1968, the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Parliament announced the selection of René Cassin as recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Cassin’s was not a household name; few outside the realm of international human rights work or the United Nations knew of him. His work over the previous decades, culminating in 1966 with the ratification of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights’s two International Covenants after nearly twenty years of debate, constitutes a major contribution to the promotion of human rights. Cassin was born in 1887 to a Jewish mercantile family in Bayonne, France. He earned degrees in humanities and law at the University of Aix-en-Provence and a doctorate in juridical, economic, and political science at the Faculty of Law at Paris. He was called up to serve in the infantry in World War I and in 1916 suffered a severe abdominal wound from German shrapnel. His life was saved by a stunning coincidence: His mother was a nurse at the field hospital for hopeless cases to which he was taken, and she convinced the doctors to attempt surgery on her son. From the war, Cassin gained a keen sense of human suffering, of the destruction of families and the randomness of tragedy. In World...
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