Unprecedented French Publication on Armenian Genocide

The Paris-based Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center will dedicate an issue of its periodical publication to the Armenian Genocide. The publication will–for the first time–compare the Jewish Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide. Titled "The Recognition and Acceptance of the Armenian Genocide," the publication is a compilation of works by well-known historians–including French-Armenian historian Claire Mouradian a research professor at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris–noted French scholar Yves Ternon who has written extensively about the genocide of 1915 as well as the massacres of 1894-1896–and Georges Bensoussan who is the editor of the publication "The History of Holocaust." More than twenty authors from France and the United States have contributed to the publication–the first serious and lengthy work in French on the issue.

The first half of the periodical details the history of the Armenian Genocide–analyzing the motivation behind it and its consequences. The second part is dedicated to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide as a historical fact–as well as Turkish denial.

Speaking to Radio Liberty–Bensoussan explains that interest in the Armenian Genocide by Jews began a while back–with the works of Andre Mantelshtam–a Russian Jew who regarded the Armenian Genocide as a crime against humanity and subsequently worked with refugees. "Israel’s present denial of the Armenian Genocide is tied to its national diplomacy. Surrounded by Arab nations who want to see it destroyed–Israel views Turkey as its only ally. When Arab countries accept Israel’s right to exist as a nation–its friendship with Turkey will cease. The Jewish people–firmly recognizing the Armenian Genocide–teach it in schools," explains Bensoussan. "Armenia’s were victims of Pan-Turkic nationalism and Moslem ideology–as a result of which–the Turkish governmen’s uprooted Armenia’s from Armenia in order to the claim territory," adding that Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide can not continue forever. "And when Turkey truly desires to embrace Western ideals–then it will acknowledge the Genocide of Armenia’s–especially if it wishes to enter the European Union; the doors to Europe will not open if Turkey does not acknowledge that the Armenian Genocide was a crime against humanity," Bensoussan concluded.

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