Germany and the Turkish Genocide

The good news from the German Federal Republic this week was its official recognition of the 1915 massacre of the Armenians as Turkish genocide. Germany, a major member of the EU and a nation which itself had repented for the genocide of the Jews from 1933-1945, is highly to be praised for its declaration.

As a result, Turkey has withdrawn its ambassador from Berlin and it is possible that Germany may reciprocate by recalling its ambassador from Ankara.

It took courage for a major European nation to take a stand in the name of humanity by officially denouncing the crimes perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish regime against 2.5 million Christian Armenians. Hopefully many other European countries will follow Germany’s example and do the right thing , the brave and courageous thing, even though it may disrupt diplomatic relations with Erdogan’s Turkey.

I am still very disappointed that our Jewish government in the State of Israel maintains an official silence, recognizing the massacre of the Armenians but hesitating to call it by its true name… genocide.

We are close to restoring relations with the Turks and an accusation at this point will obviously derail any agreement. So we sacrifice morality and ethics for a piece of paper.

As a nation which experienced genocide, the extermination of six million of our people across the European continent, we have a solemn obligation to reach out to our wonderful Armenian citizens and to all the Armenians dispersed among the nations and to join with them in mourning the massacre of 2.5 million of their people. The blood of the Armenian victims cries out from their graves for justice.

Only this week I spoke with my doctor, an Armenian Christian woman, who explained that her grandfather had been a survivor of the 1915 genocide. One grandfather fled to Jerusalem and settled among his compatriots in the Armenian quarter of the Old City. Other grandparents found refuge in Cuba.

We compared our two peoples, among the oldest nations in civilization, whose roots are recorded in our Hebrew bible when it recounts how the Ark which saved Noah from the great flood landed on top of Mt. Ararat in Turkey. We spoke of the persecution and the ultimate massacres our both our peoples and of our dreams and hopes for recognition and restitution. Jews and Armenians have much history in common.

I honor Germany for its courageous stand against Turkish denial. If the members of the EU would concur, great honor would be bestowed upon the long-suffering Armenian people.

And hopefully, our State of Israel might find the way to honor and to pay tribute to the Armenians living among us.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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