BAKU: Genocide And Armenian Propaganda

Oct 14 2011

by Cem Oguz, head of the Turkish Center for Strategic and International

The diaspora of Armenian scholars is very eager to present the Armenian
deportation of 1915 as the first “holocaust” of the 20th century. They
go further and say that it was used by the Nazi leadership as the
model for their own genocidal program. The world’s presumed lack of
reaction to the so-called “forgotten genocide,” as they describe it
in their own literature, is alleged to have served as a justification
for Adolf Hitler’s planned extermination of European Jewry. In their
arguments, Hitler is frequently quoted as having said in a speech to
his generals about his plans to wage a ruthless war against Poland in
1939, “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of Armenians?”

The Armenian motive behind efforts at establishing a connection
between their own history and the tragic fate of European Jewry during
World War II is highly obvious. It stands as the greatest single
human tragedy the world has ever seen and any would-be relationship
between the Holocaust and the Armenian allegations would serve as
an important tool to justify their arguments. In order to proceed,
however, the essential enigma we should focus on is whether there
really exists such a relationship.

It was US historian Heath W. Lowry who demonstrated that there is no
historical basis for attributing such a statement to Hitler. In his
article titled “The US Congress and Adolf Hitler on the Armenians,”
published in 1985 in the Journal of Political Communication and
Persuasion, Professor Lowry proved that the source of the purported
Hitler quote is an article (“Nazi Germany’s Road to War”) which
appeared in the Times of London on Nov. 24, 1945. The said Times
article was written by an anonymous author and in fact, was not the
earliest mention of Hitler’s alleged statement on the Armenians.

Rather, as Professor Lowry has pointed out, “this quotation and indeed
an entire text” of Hitler’s speech purportedly made at Obersalzberg
was first published in a book entitled What About Germany authored
by Louis Lochner, a former bureau chief of the Associated Press in
Berlin. Lochner wrote that he obtained it from an unnamed informant
as well and since then, its provenance has never been disclosed or
investigated. What is more important, says Mr. Lowry, is the fact
that in even Lochner’s version of Hitler’s quote there is no direct
or implied reference to the Jewish people. At length he concludes
that Hitler’s alleged reference to the Armenian case was merely a
piece of wartime propaganda.

Years later, Professor Lowry was unable to escape the severe
consequences that objectors to the Armenian allegations eventually
face. In September 1990, upon the request of the then Turkish
ambassador to Washington, Nuzhet Kandemir, Professor Lowry wrote
a memorandum regarding Robert Jay Lifton’s book The Nazi Doctors,
Medical Killings and the Psychology of Genocide (published in 1986).

Mr. Lifton, a recognized authority in his own field as Professor
Lowry himself indicated, used in the book remarks like, “But I found
that Nazi doctors differed significantly from these other groups,
not so much in their human experimentation but in their central
role in genocidal projects… (Perhaps Turkish doctors, in their
participation in the genocide against the Armenians, come closest,
as I shall later suggest)…” I won’t get into the argument as to
whether the few Ottoman doctors of the time were that competent due
to war-time conditions, but totally agree with Professor Lowry’s
conclusion that Mr. Lifton indeed “knows absolutely nothing about
the so-called Armenian genocide.” His entire work was based on the
articles by Vahakn N. Dadrian, together with references to the work
of Helen Fein and Leo Cuper, none of whom are historians.

In October the same year, Ambassador Kandemir sent a reproachful
letter to Mr. Lifton, together with Professor Lowry’s memorandum. It
was subsequent to this action that the concerted personal attacks
on Professor Lowry began. He was accused of being paid as well as
academically promoted by the Turkish state and being engaged in the
“denial” of a known genocide. Since then, any counter-argument to
Armenian allegations, scientific ones included, have been put forward
as evidence of “denial.”

Denial in genocide terminology refers to claims that the Holocaust
did not occur as it is defined by mainstream historiography. In
this assertion, the key word we have to focus on is the mainstream
historiography. What does it mean and who represents it?

History is a science of facts rather than an art of distorted data. In
the case of the Holocaust, it is almost impossible to challenge the
existent evidence and truth. Holocaust deniers such as David Irving
or Ernst Zundel, in turn, have a common pattern of either falsifying
historical documents or deliberately misrepresenting historical data.

As can be seen in Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad’s attitude,
denial is basically motivated by either an anti-semitic conspiracy
theory or hatred. This politically motivated bias necessitates moral
and legal protection that will help humanity save new victims.

In contrast to the Holocaust, the mainstream historiography on the
“Armenian genocide” is highly disputable. Facts our Armenian friends
claim to be sufficient to conclude that the tragedy of 1915 is a
genocide are distorted. As put in Professor Lowry’s memorandum,
the basic problem Turkey has been facing is “with authors such as
Dadrian, Fein and Kuper, each of whom are now serving as sources for
authors such as Lifton” and “Lifton’s book is simply the end result
of the Turkish failure to respond in a prompt fashion to the Dadrian
articles and the Fein and Kuper book.”

In the atmosphere of intellectual terror which our Armenian friends
have successfully built up, they resort to using the sad memory of
the Holocaust and stubbornly oppose any challenge to their version
of mainstream historiography. Turkey’s relatively puny efforts at
self-defense are frequently portrayed as attempts at denial, and
history is sadly being politicized.

Let me wrap up by repeating the question that I posed in my last
week’s piece: Do you really think Western politicians like French
President Nicholas Sarkozy who support Armenian genocide bills are
even aware of realities such as these?

C. Cem Oguz [email protected]

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS