From One War to Another. The Armenian Experience and Its Impact on Germany

Lecture | October 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Raymond Kévorkian, Emeritus director of research, Institut Français de Géopolitique, Université Paris VIII, Saint-Denis

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

Our knowledge of the impact of the 1915 genocide on German society has long been characterized by Germany’s commitment to the Eastern Front and by the experience of mass violence experienced by several thousand soldiers and officers who witnessed the extermination of the Armenians. But the most recent works, in particular Stefan Ihrig’s two books, have opened new avenues for studying the reception of this violence in Germany and the fact that the practices of the Young Turks’ regime and its Kemalist extension became a reference which inspired the Nazi Party to destroy European Jews. This lecture will raise questions about the findings generated by these recent works.