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Taner Akçam sur Zoom avec le musée Ararat-Eskijian le 14 septembre 2020 à 11am (heure Pacifique) 20h à Paris




When Was the Decision Made to Annihilate the Armenians?





The UCLA Promise Armenian Institute, in collaboration with the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), the Ararat-Eskijian Museum, the UCLA Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History, and the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, presents the first in its Distinguished Lecture Series, "When Was the Decision Made to Annihilate the Armenians?", to be delivered by Prof. Taner Akçam of Clark University. Prof. A. Dirk Moses of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will serve as the discussant for this lecture.



In this presentation, Prof. Taner Akçam will introduce some newly unearthed documents from the
Ottoman archives in Istanbul that indicate that the first decision to exterminate Armenians was
taken on December 1, 1914, well before most scholars in the field ever suggested. In these
documents, the Turkish term for extermination [imha] is openly used by local governors who were
directly involved in the decision-making process to exterminate the Armenians. Akçam will also
introduce a letter dated March 3, 1915, written by Bahaettin Şakir, the head of Teşkilat-ı Mahsusa
(aka the Special Organization) and one of the main architects of the Armenian Genocide. This letter
conveys that the Central Committee of Union and Progress had already decided to exterminate the
Armenians, giving the government wide authority to implement this plan. The scholarly world has
long ignored or declined to cite this letter due to allegations that it was fake. Drawing on newly
available documents, Akçam will show the authenticity of this letter and argue that the question of
the decision(s) for the extermination of Armenians and the role of governors should be revisited.

For more information, please contact The UCLA Promise Armenian Institute at:
armenian-info@international.ucla.edu OR 310-569-6325

source : Ararat-Eskijian Museum