More irrefutable Armenian Genocide evidence comes to light via Germany’s archives

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

Yes Turkey, it was Genocide — Vive la France!

December 23, 2011

Yesterday, we received the news from around the world that France’s lower house of Parliament voted to criminalize denial of the Armenian Genocide. Of course, Turkey’s Prime Minister went ballistic. In his tirade against France, Erdogan accused the French of stifling free speech. Ironically (of course), as the New York Times correctly noted, “Turkey’s own penal code makes affirming the genocide a crime on the grounds that it is an insult to Turkish identity. In March, Orhan Pamuk, a Nobel Prize winner, was fined 7,000 lira, about $3,700, for his statement in a Swiss newspaper that ‘we have killed 30,000 Kurds and 1 million Armenians’.”

As new information concerning the Armenian Genocide occurs, I do my best to report it in this blog in a timely manner. However, yesterday, I was increasingly frustrated as I read articles published in the world’s leading newspapers, most using language which obfuscate the truth about the history of the first genocide occuring in the 20th century. There are official volumes (archives full) of the facts of Turkey’s systematic killing of between 1 and 1.5 million Armenians under the cover of World War I.

Turkish historian Taner Akcam has documented the motivation for this genocide in his master work, “A Shameful Act“. Basically, in addition to racial hatred of the non-Turkish, non-Muslim Armenian Christian minority, Turkey coveted the land the Armenians occupied for thousands of years. The Turkish government also saw an opportunity to create an instant Muslim, middleclass by taking all of the Armenians’ properties and belongings and redistributing the ‘bootie’ (including houses) to its Muslim population.

During the genocide, the United States Ambassador to Turkey was Henry Morgenthau. In his first-person account of the Armenian Genocide, he recalls a conversation with one of the masterminds of the genocide, Talaat Pasha:

One day Talaat made what was perhaps the most astonishing request I had ever heard.  The New York Life Insurance Company and the Equitable Life of New York had for years done considerable business among the Armenians.  The extent to which this people insured their lives was merely another indication of their thrifty habits.  “I wish,” Talaat now said, “that you would get the American Life insurance companies to send us a complete list of their Armenian policy holders.  They are practically dead now and have left no heirs to collect the money.  If … all escheats to the State, the Government is the beneficiary now. Will you do so?”

This was almost too much, and I lost my temper.  “You will get no such list from me,” I said, and I got up and left him.

Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story, p. 339. [Source]

In addition to the records in government archives in the U.S., France, Germany, and Great Britain, there was an unprecedented humanitarian relief effort spearheaded by Evangelical and Catholic missionaries, who went to heroic lengths to save the Armenians. Many relief workers documented what they witnessed in Turkey, in brutal detail. There are thousands of eyewitness accounts and so much scholarly work on this subject, that the veracity of the facts cannot be disputed.

However, the Turkish government spends millions of dollars each year to lobby lawmakers in the United States and countries all over the world to vote against recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Turkey has also infiltrated some of the world’s leading universities, ensuring books about the Armenian Genocide are not available in their libraries and endowing chairs. The effort and amount of disinformation Turkey continues to manufacture about the Armenian Genocide is astonishing.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to the French government for standing up and saying no to Turkey. It is unlikely the United States and Israel will suddenly become enlightened with moral clarity, but one can always hope.

The April 24, 1915 Ottoman Turkish document ordering the Armenian Genocide

March 16, 2011

The first genocide of the 20th Century was perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks. In March 2011, despite all the evidence, the Turkish Government continues its active campaign denying the genocide of 1.5 million Armenian Christians which climaxed in 1915 (see a photo of the original Instruction of the Ministry of the Interior, April 24, 1915). 

The Ottoman Turks’ heinous atrocities were committed to achieve its objectives of ethnic cleansing and the simultaneous creation of a new Muslim middleclass. The elimination of the minority Armenian peoples that exceeded 10 percent of the country’s population in key interior regions (the historic Armenian homeland) was imperative to the Ottoman Turks. This last point was critical when the US and European powers sought to divide the spoils of their victory following World War I. (For a full explanation, read Turkish scholar Taner Akcam’s brilliant book, A Shameful Act). Also, refer to the March 15, 2011 blog post on this site for links to the award-winning 2010 German documentary, Aghet – A Genocide)

See a photo of the original Instruction of the Ministry of the Interior on April 24 document:

The list of Armenian notables deported from Constantinople in 1915 (this event is comparable to Kristallnacht):

(Dear Readers, If you have more information please let us know. Send an email or comment. Thank you.)

The ugly politics of denying the Armenian Genocide

June 17, 2010

Suddenly, the Israel lobby discovers a genocide | June 16, 2010

Editor’s Note:

Prior to April 2010, several articles posted on this blog assailed the United States’ official foreign policy and President Obama’s decision to break his campaign promise to recognize the Armenian Genocide as genocide. It should be noted that Great Britain has also failed to stand up to Turkey. To attempt to understand the reasons why each of these democratic countries have historically placated Turkey rather than simply state the facts as they are clearly known by each government, requires a good deal of reading. Be assured that there is no shortage of official documentation in US and British government archives, as well as in Germany and France. It may surprise you to know that Turkey’s archives provided esteemed Turkish scholar Taner Akcam all of the information he needed to write , A Shameful Act, which is one of the definitive books about the Armenian Genocide and the political history of the time.

Links to related blog posts:

Armenian Genocide recognition a reality or fantasy in US, GB and Israel

Another call for the US to right its wrong foreign policy and recognize the Armenian Genocide

The White House and State Department have once again shown their fear of Turkey

Video of Obama referring to Armenian Genocide (2007)

We owe Turkish scholar Taner Akcam our deepest gratitude for his Armenian Genocide fact-finding

June 3, 2010

Taner Akcam’s book, A Shameful Act, is a brilliant and scholarly presentation of the facts related to the Armenian Genocide. A Shameful Act is based on Akcam’s extensive research of Ottoman and German archival sources. (The Resources Links box in the right margin of this Home Page provides a link for finding a copy of A Shameful Act.)

Watch a video of Taner Akcam discussing A Shameful Act, as originally broadcast on C-SPAN2 Book TV.

Related News

Akcam: What Davutoglu Fails to Understand
The Armenian Weekly | May 19, 2010

The Turkish version of this OpEd appeared in Taraf on May 11, 2010.

Akcam and Boyajian on Point on Armenian Genocide Denial

May 11, 2010

This post includes two important articles both dealing with egregious cases of Armenian Genocide denial:

Turkish Scholar Taner Akcam Advocates Change in Policy of Genocide Denial | May 5, 2010

Desecrating President Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy | May 6, 2010

Armenian Genocide conference at Clark University

April 9, 2010
“There is no serious scholar who doubts the Armenian Genocide. In the Holocaust, we have also some individual denialist scholars. There is no difference. In our field the only, and yes only, difference is that a powerful state, Turkey, denies the genocide, and the United States, even though it believes that it is a genocide, gives in to Turkish threat.”
— Taner Akcam

Read the article here:

Clark gathering examines genocide: Armenian deaths focus of research
Worcester Telegram | April 9, 2010

Turks are Reading New Book About Historic Turkish Courts-Martial for Armenian Genocide Crimes

April 7, 2010

Dadrian-Akçam Book on the Turkish Courts-Martial Now in its Third Edition
The Armenian Weekly | April 6, 2010

Turkish historian Taner Akcam explains why US policy needs to change regarding the Armenian Genocide

March 9, 2010

On Turkey and the Armenian Genocide, the Obama Administration Needs to Sing a New Song
History News Network | March 9, 2010

(This article was written by noted historian and genocide expert, Taner Akcam. Professor Akcam’s book, A Shameful Act, is one of the most comprehensive and important books published about the Armenian Genocide.)

Read Taner Akcam’s A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility

February 9, 2010

Thank you to everyone who recommended that I read Turkish scholar Taner Akcam’s historical analysis of the Armenian Genocide, A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility. Mr. Akcam’s book is a significant contribution to the field of Holocaust and Genocide studies. Thank you, Mr. Akcam, for your research and for speaking out.

If you want to gain insight into the events that led up to the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Turks, I hope you will read A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility.

Here is a link to the book review that ran in the New York Times:

Turkey’s Killing Fields
New York Times | December 17, 2006

(P.S.: If you want to own the book, I’ve included a link to A Shameful Act, which is located under the Resource Links in the right column.)

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