Israel W. Charny
In 1982, when the Turkish government demanded the cancellation of all lectures on the Armenian Genocide at Israel’s First International Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide, and that Armenian lecturers not be allowed to participate, the Israeli government followed suit. This book follows Israel Charny’s campaign against his government and his quest to successfully hold the conference in the face of censorship, A political whodunit based on previously secret cables of the Israel Foreign Ministry, this book investigates Israel’s overall tragically unjust relationship to genocides of other peoples.
Israel Charny, a co-founder and then a president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, also closely examines the figures of Elie Wiesel and Shimon Peres in their interference with the recognition of other peoples’ genocidal tragedies, particularly the Armenian Genocide. Chapters by three prominent intellectuals (Ragip Zarakolu, Richard Hovannisian, and Michael Berenbaum) provide additional perspectives.