Elements in the Turkish Denial of the Armenian Genocide:
A Case Study of Distortion and Falsification
This book by Vahakn Dadrian, Zoryan Institute Director, Genocide Research Project, Key Elements in the Turkish Denial of the Armenian Genocide: A Case Study of Distortion and Falsification, is an exposé of the methods and a rebuttal to the arguments used by Turks and their apologists to deny the Armenian Genocide.
The initiative for this book came from an invitation by Representative Steven Rothman of New Jersey, a member of the International Relations Committee, to analyze a letter the Turkish Ambassador in Washington sent to every member of Congress in May. In that letter, the Turkish Ambassador complains about the efforts of some sixty Representatives to pass House Resolution 155, whose purpose is to collect all American documents "related to the Armenian Genocide and the consequences of the failure to enforce the judgments of the Turkish courts against the responsible officials, and deliver the collection to the House International Relations Committee, to the United States holocaust Memorial Museum for incorporation into its holdings of official documentation on genocide and for purposes of public awareness and education, and to the Armenian Genocide Museum in Yerevan, Armenia." The letter of the Turkish Ambassador contains eleven pages of genocide denial and false allegations against the Armenians. In a swift response, a 23-page analysis, titled, The Key Distortions and Falsehoods in the Denial of the Armenian Genocide. (A Response to the Memorandum of the Turkish Ambassador), was prepared in June and distributed to all Congressmen. The current book is an expanded and enhanced version of that report.
In his preface, Prof. Dadrian, underscores that "The documentation of the Armenian genocide is inextricably connected with the denial of the genocide by its perpetrators. Any effort at documenting the Armenian genocide must confront the 'Turkish denial syndrome.' That syndrome has now grown into what I have described as 'an industry of denial.' In fact, genocide denial is so prevalent that it is now becoming a field of study in its own right. This book is a response that transcends the particularity of the present case of denial and may well have application for other, future manifestations of denial by Turkish authorities, their partisan advocates and agents."
This new book is an impressive display of meticulous scholarship. Using incisive and cogent argumentation, as well as primary documentary evidence, especially from Turkish and German sources, Prof. Dadrian deals with and sets the record straight on such issues as, The Allegation of "Inter-Communal Clashes;" The Fallacy of the Argument of Armenian Rebellion; The Utter Fiction of the Claim of Relocation; The Juxtaposition and Equating of Armenian Losses with Turkish Warfare Losses; Hitler, the Holocaust, the Nuremberg Trials and the Armenian Genocide; Raphael Lemkin, International Law and the Armenian Genocide; The Relevance and Significance of the US Archives; The Crusade Against American Ambassador Morgenthau, and many other topics. This is a compact work intended to confront and expose the fallacy of all the principal features of the Turkish denial syndrome. As such, it is bound to remain a potent weapon in the fight for truth and justice for a very long time.