July 31, 2012
Noted Turkish scholar Taner Akcam has said that the government archives of the US, Great Britain, France, and Germany, as well as Turkey, contain a wealth of Armenian Genocide documentation. (The Armenian Church also has extensive records in Yerevan and Jerusalem, but the Church’s archives are not open.)
A new window into the German archives has opened with the publication of “Alman Belgeleri: Ermeni Soykirimi 1915-1916 (German Documents: Armenian Genocide 1915-1916). This 1,000-page book is printed in Turkish. Issued on January 12, 2012 by Belge Publishing House – whose owner Ragip Zarakolu has been imprisoned and put on trial for speaking out on behalf of the Kurds and Armenians in Turkey – the book contains translations “into an extremely comprehensible and beautiful Turkish” of documents from the German Foreign Ministry archives during the First World War. First published in German in 2005, Wolfgang Gust, “the famous German journalist and writer,” put it together.
Read more in the Armenian Reporter here:
German archive material raises stir in Turkey
Armenian Reporter | July 31, 2012
February 3, 2012
Do you know Ragip Zarakolu? He is in prison in Turkey for publishing books which ‘insult Turkishness’ because they are sympathetic to the human rights of minorities in Turkey. Zarakolu has suffered the wrath of the Turkish government for publishing books, including a Turkish translation of British author George Jerjian’s, The Truth Will Set Us Free: Armenians and Turks and Professor Dora Zakayan’s, An American Doctor in Turkey: Garabed Hatcherian: My Smyrna Ordeal of 1922.
Prime Minister Erdogan is Turkey’s leading demagogue (a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument). He twists truths as he shines the spotlight on human rights issues, including inhumane blockades and freedom of speech. Rather than looking in the direction he points (as the media tends to do as if by reflex), learn more about Turkey’s nearly 20-year illegal blockade strangling the Republic of Armenia and look-up Article 301 which renders free speech in Turkey a crime.
Until Turkey acknowledges and apologies for perpetrating the Armenian Genocide, let’s use the publicity surrounding the Turkish Government’s interference in France’s legislative process (protesting France’s pending genocide denial legislation which would give Armenian Genocide denial the same legal status as Holocaust denial in France) as another opportunity to educate the world about genocide and crimes against humanity.
You can protect the human right of free speech by supporting courageous righteous Turks such as Ragip Zarakolu. Read more about Ragip Zarakolu and his case on the PEN American Center website. Please send a letter on his behalf (there is a link on the PEN webpage).