Turkey Afraid of Own History, Genocide Museum Director Says

AGMI Director Hayk Demoyan (right) and Deputy Director Suren Manukyan presented two academic journals published by the AGMI. Jan. 22, 2015. (Photo: Photolur)

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—“Turkey is afraid of its own past, its own history, which is expressed in its policy of denial,” Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Hayk Demoyan told reporters Thursday.

The comments come after the condolences and invitations of Turkish officials and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s statement on the anniversary of Hrant Dink’s assassination.

“We know the history of this illness ,” Demoyan said. “It’s a fear of its own history and past, reflected in the policy of denial. It’s interesting to check, however, whether the different invitations and messages are the immediate complications of the disease,” Demoyan said.

AGMI Launches International Journal of Armenian Genocide Studies
Two periodicals published by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute – the Journal of Genocide Studies (in Armenian) and the first issue of the English-language International Journal of Armenian Genocide Studies — were presented to the public on Thursday.

The Journal of Genocide Studies includes topics related to the history and historiography of the Armenian Genocide, as well as full and comprehensive research on the problems and the aspects related to the topic.

The International Journal of Armenian Genocide Studies publishes articles and reviews related to the Armenian Genocide and other genocides in the English language.

According to AGMI Deputy Director Suren Manukyan, part of the materials of the journal will be provided by foreign researchers. The journal will be sent to top universities and research centers around the world.

“One German university has already asked to send them a copy and is ready to pay, but we are going to send the journal to the best universities free of charge,” he said.

Turkish Universities are among the addressees of the English-language publications, AGMI Director Hayk Demoyan said. According to him, the journal is the best platform for Diaspora Armenian and Armenian scholars to present their works.


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  1. Tuyn said:

    There are countless other valuable properties in Turkey that were confiscated from Armenians, including:

    — The Presidential Palace in Ankara, until recently occupied by Erdogan and previous Turkish presidents, is located on land owned by the Kassabian family.
    — Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport is partly built on land owned by the Kevork Sarian family from Van.
    — The US Air Base at Injirlik is located on land owned by several Armenian families who have filed a lawsuit in US Federal Court against the Turkish government.

    These properties and thousands of others should be returned to their rightful owners as partial restitutive justice Turkey owes to the Armenian people.

  2. GeorgeMardig said:

    Turkey needs a wise and brave leader to confront it’s past, 2 mistakes don’t make 1 right, Turkey should understand that by refusing to recognize the Genocide he is showing approvel of the Genocide of his ancestors. You can’t ask forgiveness if you don’t first regret that you have done something wrong, Turkey is stubborn as a mule and too far from that point. .

  3. Jove said:

    Turkey will never recognize the genocide unless forced to do so. Who is going to force turkey ? It’s intellectual class ?, it’s political class ? It’s military ? . The warped and derelict USA .? The Jews and their world government ? Who will force Turkey to its knees ? . Yes, no matter what the struggle must continue, until one day Armenia can recover her lands.