German gov’t refuses to label 1915 as genocide

Victims of the “Great Slaughter” in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, shown in a photo from 1919. Violence against Armenian centers in eastern regions of the dying Ottoman Empire spiked over the summer of 1915, beginning what historians consider to be the first genocide of the 20th century. Source.

The government of Germany has declared that it is against labeling the 1915 events as the Armenian genocide and is not planning any commemoration for the anniversary.

According to Armenia, up to 1.5 million Ottoman Armenians were killed starting from 1915. Turkey denies that the deaths constituted genocide, saying the toll during the mass deportation of Ottoman Armenians has been inflated and that those killed in 1915 and 1916 were victims of general unrest during the World War I.

Upon a parliamentary question from Die Linke, which is the main opposition party in Germany, the German Foreign Ministry clarified its position regarding the 1915 events with a written statement. According to the four-point response, the question whether the events constituted genocide should be answered by historians and the issue should be solved between Turkey and Armenia.

The statement also stressed that the United Nations’ 1948 convention, which defines genocide, does not apply retroactively.

“We are informed about the initiatives planned by Armenian communities for the 100th anniversary of the 1915/1916 events. The German government currently has no action plan for commemorations at the moment,” the statement added…

With millions of Muslims in Germany (most of Turkish extraction) this looks blatantly political.  The link given for the source of photo is an article (in English) from Der Spiegel (2010).  It is a worth a read. 

  • simus1

    The Prussian “advisers” who were very much involved in all aspects of modernizing the Ottoman Military at the time also had little to say about the atrocities visited upon nonmuslim conscripts from the time the draft started. Persuading Christian draftees to become muslims took many forms but steady unrelenting brutality/torture seemed to be the favourite.
    I thought the question about Germans and the standards of morality possessed by most of their ruling classes including Kaiser Bill and Hitler were answered long ago in the negative. Why would this present ineffectual cohort need to be considered in isolation?

    • Frau Katze

      Kaiser Bill was barely sane. He did a lot of damage. A really, really bad hereditary monarch.

  • BillyHW

    Pathetic Germany.

  • spike

    Commie cunts and Islam apologists like Angela Merkel think 1,500,000 Christian Armenians murdered by pious Muslims is just a statistic.

    • Frau Katze

      She doesn’t want to get her millions of Turks imported to “multikulti” Germany to get all riled up and start rioting. It doesn’t take much to get Muslims riled up.

  • tom_billesley

    Inflated numbers, and deaths part of the general maelstrom.
    The same arguments used by holocaust deniers.