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Post Balakian Discusses Genocide, Cultural Destruction at Holocaust Museum Houston

Anticipation waspeak as a record crowd gathered at the Holocaust Museum Houston on Sat., March 14 for an emersion intoa fascinating lecture on Raphael Lemkin, the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and cultural destruction.

Balakian speaks at Holocaust Museum Houston

Tamara Savage, the director of the Holocaust Museum Houston, introduced Balakian, the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities at Colgate University, who has made the genocide a key part of his lifes work as an award-winning writer, poet, and genocide expert.

Balakian started by praising the history of Jewish rescue, witness, and intellectual work on the Armenian Genocide. From Ambassador Henry Morgenthau to Raphael Lemkin, to Franz Werfel and into the modern era of Jewish scholars working on and standing up for the Armenian Genocide discourse, Balakian noted that the role Jews have played in bearing witness to and later defining the Turkish genocide of the Armenians has been profound.

It was Lemkin who became the father of the U.N. Genocide Convention of 1948. It was Lemkin who coined the phrase Armenian Genocide in the 1940s. As a graduate student he challenged his professor after learning about the Turkish massacres of the Armenians, asking, How can it be that if one man kills another he is charged with murder, but if a whole nation-state kills more than a million people they are allowed to do it without any consequences? This moment ended up changing his career path.

Among the many layers of Lemkins understanding of genocide as a crime is the concept that the destruction of culture is a vitally important aspect of the genocidal process. At the core of every group identity are the cultural institutions that codify group identity.

The official number of dead in the Holocaust, according to the U.S. Holocaust Museum, is 5.1 million. In the Armenian case, Lemkin put the death toll at 1.2 million. The epicenter of killing was in 1915 and 1916. About two-thirds of the Armenian population perished.

Balakian discussed some defintions of culture as essential to the identity of any ethnic or group. He also analyzed some of the tactics of Turkish assault on Armenian culture in 1915. He discussed the destruction of about 4,500 churches and schools; the killing of the culture producersthe writers, teachers, editors, clergy, and journalistson April 24 and after thoughout Turkey; and the forced conversion of Armenians to Islam as a way of eradicating ethnic identity.

Balakian discussed the the city of Ani in eastern Turkey as an example of the politicization of historical monuments and their preservation in a post-genocidal context. Ani, which Balakian suggested might be seen as the equivalent of Florence for Italy, was the medieval capital of the Armenian Bagratid Kingdom in the 10th and 11th centuries, and is today on the Turkish-Armenian border. It was celebrated for the artistry of its churches and other structures. The city was abandoned in the 17th century and has since been subjected to earthquakes and destruction that have left it in ruins.

Balakian referred to Grigoris Balakians The Ruins of Ani to suggest that scholars might now see the erosion and falsification of Ani by the Turkish government through a post-colonial lens. He emphasized the connection Armenians have to eastern Turkey, but also the experiences of exile and loss because of what he called the lock out syndromethe result of Ankaras policy of disallowing even proper identification on the signage of historic Armenian churches.

In response to a question from the audience about the U.S. governments refusal to go on official record about the Armenian Genocide, Balakian noted that the State Department remains afraid of standing up to Turkish coercion and pressure, and this seems to be a failure of ethical courage. Twenty-two countries have passed a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide, including Poland, Sweden, France, Greece, and Switzerland.

Vreij Kolandjian thanked Balakian for his lecture and the Holocaust Museum Houston for emphasizing the importance of the Armenian Genocide by hosting two lectures and one exhibition on the topic three months in a row. Balakians talk stunned the audience to rapturous applause.

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Anticipation waspeak as a record crowd gathered at the Holocaust Museum Houston on Sat., March 14 for an emersion intoa fascinating lecture on Raphael Lemkin, the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and cultural destruction. Balakian speaks at Holocaust Museum Houston Tamara Savage, the director of the Holocaust Museum Houston, introduced Balakian, the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities at Colgate University, who has made the genocide a key part of his lifes work as an award-winning writer, poet, and genocide expert. Balakian started by praising the history of Jewish rescue, witness, and intellectual work on the Armenian Genocide. From Ambassador Henry Morgenthau to Raphael Lemkin, to Franz Werfel and into the modern era of Jewish scholars working on and standing up for the Armenian Genocide discourse, Balakian noted that the role Jews have played in bearing witness to and later defining the Turkish genocide of the Armenians has been profound. It was Lemkin who became the father of the U.N. Genocide Convention of 1948. It was Lemkin who coined the phrase Armenian Genocide in the 1940s. As a graduate student he challenged his professor after learning about the Turkish massacres of the Armenians, asking, How [...]

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Anticipation waspeak as a record crowd gathered at the Holocaust Museum Houston on Sat., March 14 for an emersion intoa fascinating lecture on Raphael Lemkin, the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and cultural destruction. Balakian speaks at Holocaust Museum Houston Tamara Savage, the director of the Holocaust Museum Houston, introduced Balakian, the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities at Colgate University, who has made the genocide a key part of his lifes work as an award-winning writer, poet, and genocide expert. Balakian started by praising the history of Jewish rescue, witness, and intellectual work on the Armenian Genocide. From Ambassador Henry Morgenthau to Raphael Lemkin, to Franz Werfel and into the modern era of Jewish scholars working on and standing up for the Armenian Genocide discourse, Balakian noted that the role Jews have played in bearing witness to and later defining the Turkish genocide of the Armenians has been profound. It was Lemkin who became the father of the U.N. Genocide Convention of 1948. It was Lemkin who coined the phrase Armenian Genocide in the 1940s. As a graduate student he challenged his professor after learning about the Turkish massacres of the Armenians, asking, How [...]

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