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Centennial Commemoration of Armenian Genocide to Discuss Turkey’s Industry of Denial

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MAHWAH, N.J. – In commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will host a conversation between Ragip Zarakolu and Nanore Barsoumian on “The Denial Industry in Turkey.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion.

The discussion will explore the deception, distortion and intimidation that have characterized the Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide. It will examine how, inside and outside of official government channels, efforts have been made to discredit the truth about the systematic and organized campaign by the Ottoman Empire and Turkish nationalists in the years 1915-1923 to eliminate the Armenian population.

Ragip Zarakolu, director and owner of Belge Publishing House, has been the subject of harassment from the Turkish authorities for his writings on issues of social injustices and has been imprisoned several times for refusing to abandon his campaign for freedom of thought. Currently, he is appealing a conviction of “insulting the state” for publishing a Turkish translation of British author George Jerjian’s book, The Truth Will Set Us Free: Armenians and Turks Reconciled.

Nanore Barsoumian is the editor of the Armenian Weekly. Her writings focus on human rights, politics, poverty, environmental and gender issues. She has reported from Armenia, Nagorno- Karabagh, Javakhk and Turkey.

For more information, visit the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at or call 201-684-7409 to reserve a seat for the event.


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