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George Grimes Watson (13 October 1927 – 2 August 2013) was a scholar, literary critic, historian, a fellow of St John's College and professor of English at Cambridge University.

Watson contributed to Encounter, a cold-war intellectual journal, and published material arguing that Hitler was a Marxist and that socialism promoted genocide. He was featured in the conservative documentary The Soviet Story in 2008, where he argued that Karl Marx was responsible for coming up with the idea of genocide. For this he was criticised by Ivars Ījabs and Robert Grant who argue that Watson's views are based on mistranslation and distortion reflecting his ideological bias. The translation of Völkerabfälle as "racial trash" lay at the centre of this, with defenders of Marx and Engels saying that a proper translation would be "residual fragments of peoples".

In his will he left £950,000 to the Liberal Democrats and a painting, Rocky Landscape with Saint John the Baptist by Joos de Momper the Younger, to the National Gallery, London.





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