Friday, February 24, 2006

Thoughts from Rome on Holocaust denial laws, the Armenian genocide, and more

Despite having been swept up in the media reaction to Irving's sentence, I have begun to teach and to meet people at the Gregorian. Last night, after my first class, Father Madigan, head of the Inter-Religious program at the school, took me to the local wine cask.

He knew that I had two Turkish Muslims in my class. He had just had a discussion before the class with one of them about Holocaust denial laws as compared to Turkish laws against discussing the Armenian genocide.

This was Father Madigan's comment: I told the student that Turkey is using the law to protect a lie. The European countries which rely on Holocaust denial laws are using the law to protect lies about the truth of "what we did during Holocaust."

While I am still against the laws, I was deeply intrigued by his formulation of the matter. I was touched by his use of the first person plural. BTW, he was born well after the war.


Angry Anarchist said...

Armenian genocide but Jewish Holocaust? Something special about Jews, or what?

Deborah Lipstadt said...

I only have two things to you:

Before you attack, talk to some Armenians about my position on the genocide. And hear what I have to say in my classes about it.

And the other thing is: get a life.

Martin Van Nodstran said...

Anarchist Revolution is Coming...

More like a revolting anarchist is here.

I have been to the Holocaust museum but I do not remember a section on the Armenian Genocide. It would be wonderful for the Jewish community to take the lead on the recognition of it's horror.

Dave said...

That's three things, but you're quite right.

I'll add a fourth:

Read something besides sophomoric anarchist newspapers and websites. You can start with The Bible. Then Kant. Then Emily Post.

Artyom said...

Great post Dr. Lipstadt. I am an Armenian grad student and have read a number of your works and I do know your stance on the Armenian Genocide, which is very appreciated as it is important coming from a Jewish scholar.

Deborah Lipstadt said...

Thanks Artyom. Actually one of my good friends [whose book on the Armenian denial I gave a blurb of approval and whose books I use in my classes] is Peter Balakian.

He would probably be appalled by the idiocy of the Anarchist's comments. BTW, he sent some other ugly emails which I dumped. They made no point except to use a lot of unprintable terms about me. There are lots of other places happy to post that stuff.

Artyom said...

I have read Balakian's "Tigris" and seen the blurb there, and know of Balakian referring to your work on the subject of denial. Also read an interview with you a while ago where you mentioned that you were working on some material about the denial of the Armenian experience. I was wondering how is it going?

Dave said...

I'm not holding my breath for the Anarchist Revolution to come, but I do hope you passed on his missives to his internet service provider. It's called "violation of terms of service."