AYF Calls on Germany to Condemn Armenian Genocide

AYF delegation at the German Consulate in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES— Members of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) held a demonstration today in front of the German Consulate in Los Angeles calling on the government of Germany to follow the lead of the European Parliament in adopting a resolution commemorating the centennial of the Armenian Genocide and urging the Turkish government to come to terms with its violent past.

“Having atoned for the dark chapter in their own history, Germany has led efforts to condemn genocide since the Holocaust of World War II,” said Joseph Kaskanian, a member of the AYF Central Executive. “In light of their efforts, it is a moral imperative for them to condemn the Armenian Genocide for what it is. Instead, the German government has taken a step backwards in their progress by avoiding the use of the word genocide to describe the events of 1915.”

AYF and ARF youth organizations across the globe have held demonstrations in front of German consulates and embassies in recent weeks, calling for justice, recognition and restitution. AYF members in Los Angeles took part in the worldwide effort, delivering a letter to the German Consulate that presses the government to pass the resolution.

Despite this documented awareness of the Armenian Genocide, the German government has taken little action condemning its strong ally, Turkey. On April 24, the German Parliament will hold an hour of debate regarding the Armenian Genocide in Bundestag, the lower house of the federal legislature in Germany.

“Other countries — those who value justice over politics — plan to commemorate the centennial of the genocide by confronting the true version of history,” Kaskanian said. “The euphemisms and deceitful diplomacy displayed by the German government will never allow for justice and closure for the Armenian Genocide.”

Founded in 1933, the Armenian Youth Federation is the largest and most influential Armenian American youth organization in the world, working to advance the social, political, educational and cultural awareness of Armenian youth.


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  1. zarkim said:

    68 Percent of Berlin’s Criminals are Immigrants and the majority of immigrants to Germany come from Turkey. These are troubling numbers that remind us of the real cost of Turkish immigration. And it’s not just Germany that’s reeling under the assault of Turkish Muslim immigration. In the UK, Turks have become the new mafia.
    The history of Christian persecution BY Turks 1955.
    Shock claim: Turkey provided 10,000 passports to ISIS
    ISIS fighters sneak over the border from Syria to Turkey to get their Burger King fix and stock up on Oreos, Pringles and MOJITOS
    ISIS operates under Turkish military leaders command of Erdogan’s gov.

  2. State-Of-Emergency said:

    It is a known fact that the Germans collaborated with the Ottomans. They collaborated with them prior to the advent of Nazism. In fact, the German officers referred to the Armenians at the time as toothless vermin.

  3. Jove said:

    England, France, the USA were complicit in equal measure with the Germans. The perfidioussness of the English is beyond the limits of civil and ethical conduct.

  4. Satenik said:

    Germany is guilty of the Armenian genocide too, of course they are. It is well documented and they were going to bed with the Turks on many occasions” and they have still not forgotten rheir dirty criminal secrets and so they have to be friends . But I tell you this: God works in mysterious ways…it may take a bit longer than we want it to be but the longer it takes, the more profound the effect and more everlasting. God gave Turks as a “gift” to the Germans…by God , the “Best” gift any nation /country can pray for. God gave them something they can never free themselves from. Their “cultural contribution” to Germany has been “invaluable”, and we are not just talking about the honour killings, increase in crime, drug and human traffickings or perish the thought, Germany being a fertile grounds in producing recruots for ISIS….oh no …who wants Wagner or Bach? No this is the New Germany…Thank you God, for you have given a gift t

  5. Satenik said:

    God has given a gift that keeps giving….Turks just go forth and multiply….with miklions of Turks in Germany, why…Germans never had it so good….give it a few years the Germans will completely find out that the God’s fift has been bothing vut a Trajan horse….Enjoy your gift! It couldn.t have happened to a ‘nicer’people…and keep on removing the word “genocide”from your dictionaries wheb it comes to Armenians….oh dear Germans..my heart truly and utterly”bleeds”for you…and yet I can not help but thank the Almighty God for the gift bestowed on you!