Armenian Genocide denial doesn’t make it go away

As Turkey is finding out, denying genocide does not succeed in making the issue disappear. Ironically, the government of Turkey continues to indirectly finance awareness of the Armenian Genocide by spending millions of dollars annually to fight Armenian Genocide recognition.

In contrast, Germany, Turkey’s former war ally, is an example of a country that meets its responsibility to educate the world about its role perpetrating the Holocaust, with the hope that education will prevent future genocides.

I recently attended a lecture and exhibit at a Sephardic Jewish center in New York City, and was privileged to see an exhibit of Sephardic Jews in the diaspora commissioned by the government of Spain (which expelled the Jewish people in 1492).

And, in March, on a visit to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia—where the founders of the United States of America gathered to write the Declaration of Independence—I was happily surprised to see the U.S. government’s displays acknowledging slavery in America at this prominent national historic site.

Many of the people of Turkey know what happened in April 1915 in their country. Most of the world also knows that 1.5 million Armenians lost their lives at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish Government. The game of not officially ‘recognizing’ the systematic killings as genocide by certain governments is not a reflection of historical truth, but rather ugly and amoral present-day politics.

German, Spain, and the United States are just three examples of countries who tell the truth about their past crimes and injustices. Although they cannot undo the past, these countries make a serious effort to remember history, so history (of that kind) does not repeat itself.

As long as Turkey denies its genocide of the Armenian people, it will sadly remain stained by its fathers’ sins.  When the day finally arrives that Turkey accepts and apologizes for its past crimes, I believe the world community will welcome the opportunity to view Turkey with greater respect and friendship.

3 Responses to Armenian Genocide denial doesn’t make it go away

  1. magdalena says:

    Besides, its image, why else does the Turkish goverment continue to deny the Armenian genocide. Especially, since most of the world recognizes it; there’s enough documented evidence backing it up; even the United States is finally begining to acknowledge it public.

    • auntsherisays says:

      After extensive research and questioning, it seems illogical on many levels. If it is a question of image or saving face, perpetuating a cover-up and genocide denial only serves to further stain the image of all of its people. To acknowledge the past, apologize for what others did, and vow to prevent future repetitions of such heinous acts, would elevate the image of all Turks. Germany must be commended for all its government and people have done to renounce the Nazis and the Holocaust, and the country’s commitment to educating people about the past, so it won’t be forgotten. In a recent post, I mentioned my surprise to see the United States government is now incorporating slavery into the historical narratives at national monuments (such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia) and President Jefferson’s Monticello.

  2. [...] the world about the evils of genocide, hate speech, racism, and xenophobia. In a past blog post, Armenian Genocide denial doesn’t make it go away, I mentioned seeing the topic of slavery incorporated into the educational displays at the Liberty [...]

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