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WHEN WAS THE DECISION MADE TO ANNIHILATE THE ARMENIANS? with Taner Akçam
September 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pmFree
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT
LIVE on Zoom. Registration required and free. http://bit.ly/3icR1In
Taner Akçam, PhD, Professor of History Kaloosdian and Mugar Chairholder in Modern Armenian History and Genocide Clark University Lecturer
Dirk Moses, PhD, Frank Porter Graham Distinguished Professor of Global Human Rights History University of North Carolina
In this presentation, Professor Taner Akçam will introduce some newly unearthed documents from the Ottoman archives in Istanbul that indicate that the first decision to exterminate Armenians was taken on December 1, 1914, well before most scholars in the field ever suggested. In these documents, the Turkish term for extermination [imha] is openly used by local governors who were directly involved in the decision-making process to exterminate the Armenians. Akçam will also introduce a letter dated March 3, 1915, written by Bahaettin Şakir, the head of Teşkilat-ı Mahsusa (aka the Special Organization) and one of the main architects of the Armenian Genocide. This letter conveys that the Central Committee of Union and Progress had already decided to exterminate the Armenians, giving the government wide authority to implement this plan. The scholarly world has long ignored or declined to cite this letter due to allegations that it was fake. Drawing on newly available documents, Akçam will show the authenticity of this letter and argue that the question of the decision(s) for the extermination of Armenians and the role of governors should be revisited.
For more information, please contact The UCLA Promise Armenian Institute at: firstname.lastname@example.org OR 310-569-6325.
The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA Distinguished Lecture Series
Ararat-Eskijian Museum (AEM)
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies