COMPARISON OF SO-CALLED "ARMENIAN GENOCIDE" WITH HOLOCAUST
A number of writers and public figures, referring to the topic of "Armenian genocide", also often referred to the Holocaust, by comparing the most tragic events of 1915 with the proven fact of genocide, which is the Holocaust.
By equating the so-called "Armenian genocide" to the Holocaust, the Armenian side is trying to attach to these events the same level of importance, identity and tragic, that is given to the Holocaust around the world. Except for some marginal groups and authors, the whole world recognizes the Holocaust as genocide and a great tragedy.
Perpetrators of this genocide are known. There are decisions of the Nuremberg Tribunal, as well as a large evidence base.
But one cannot say the same about the events of 1915 in Ottoman Empire. Various authors in their writings on the Holocaust, one way or another, addressed these issues. For example, in their book "Death is a master from Germany”, Lea Rosh and Eberhard Jäckel write the following:
“Murder of the Jews was unique. Never before has a state decided that it would kill off a particular group of people, including the elderly, women, children and infants, without any verification of each case, and actually put this decision into practice, using all the means of governmental power at its disposal, not only by killing members of that group, wherever it could catch them, but also at greater distances with the help of specially designed devices for murder”1
The Armenian side, pro-Armenian authors, research and academic centers controlled by the Armenian lobby, are trying to present the "Armenian genocide" to the world as the first genocide of the XX century. In the second half of the XX century, among the Armenian Diaspora leaders, in particular, among the leaders of the Armenian nationalist party Dashnaktsutyun, there was a perception that if the Jews have been able to create their own state, after the world recognized the Holocaust, then Armenians will be able to create their own state, if the world recognizes the “Armenian genocide". Of course, this is the wrong approach; the majority of Armenian leaders in the West has viewed and views the region through the prism of events and realities of the First World War.
But if the Armenian side compares the Holocaust and the "Armenian genocide", then I will try to do a small comparison.
First of all, the Jews who lived in Germany did not raise an armed rebellion, did not form armed gangs conspiring with the enemy, and did not attack the peaceful German villages or public institutions.
Can you imagine that during the reign of the Nazis, the Jews, living, for example, in Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, are not deported or oppressed? All this time, in Berlin and in other cities, synagogues continue to operate, and also the main Spiritual Administration of Jews of Europe is in Berlin. Jewish members sit in the Reichstag and so on... Of course, all this is impossible to imagine in Nazi Germany. If the German authorities would act selectively, and, instead of exterminating the Jews, would be limited to deportations, then we would talk not about genocide, but the deportation of the population, what exactly took place in the Ottoman Empire.
But the Nazis' aim was to completely destroy the entire Jewish population of Germany and in the occupied territories.
The leadership of Ittihad ve Terakki had no such plans in the Ottoman Empire.
Throughout the time of World War I and after the war, Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople functioned in Istanbul. This is hard to imagine in Hitler's Germany.
In the same Germany, the Nazis, almost immediately after coming to power, adopted a series of racially discriminatory laws against the Jews, and of course, nothing like that happened in the Ottoman Empire. Scientists, who equate the so-called "Armenian genocide" to the Holocaust, for some reason, overlook these facts.
Having considered all of the above, I can safely say that any kind of equating the "Armenian genocide" to the Holocaust is incorrect and devoid of any historical or factual basis.
Part of the Armenian society, exposed to aggressive nationalism, has centuries-old anti-Semitic traditions, which are strong and express themselves to this day. A small but striking example is the fact that, the monument to the Holocaust victims in Yerevan is being desecrated almost every year. The fact that they tend to treat the Holocaust as a competitor to the "Armenian genocide" also stirs anti-Semitism in the Armenian society. Armenians sincerely believe that the Jews hinder Armenians in achieving their age-old goals.
Moreover, among a number of Armenian figures there is an opinion that “Jews, which controlled the Ottoman Government from behind the curtain, have arranged the “Armenian Genocide”. The tendency of the Armenian society to various conspiracy theories contributes to the maintenance and, from time to time, heightening anti-Semitic sentiments among Armenians.
For example, an Armenian author Romen Yepiskoposyan in his book "National System", which by the way, was presented not just anywhere, but in the Union of Writers of Armenia in 2003, in the chapter "The nation-killer," writes: “In the contemporary world there are two nations that are the carriers of evil of the most concentrated and aggressive type. These are the Jews – the nation-destroyer with a mission of destruction and decomposition, and the Turks – the nation-killer with a mission of devastation and crushing”.
French journalist and political scientist Pierre Blanchet, in his article "The morbid jealousy of Armenian activists against Jews", in which he considers the link between Armenian terrorists and Islamic fundamentalists, partly addresses the Holocaust and the events of 1915 in Ottoman Empire:
“Radical Armenians hate Jews and blame them for the fact that the Armenians were not able to succeed in what Jews could: Jews were able to alert the world about their genocide and to find their own state. This historic envy motivates radical Armenians to form an alliance with Muslim fundamentalists”.2
When considering the comparison of the "Armenian genocide" and the Holocaust, we cannot paint a complete picture without referring to the attitude towards this issue and the Jews in general in Armenia. Armenian historian Vahagn Dadrian, in several of his works, raises the issue of the Holocaust and attempts to draw parallels between the Holocaust and the "Armenian genocide". Given that Dadrian was born and raised in a wealthy Armenian family in Istanbul, which was not affected by the "Armenian genocide". And chose Nazi Germany to study (it is noteworthy that it was during the war, I believe, his activities in Germany in those years require a separate investigation). He, more than anyone, knows the difference between the events of 1915 and the Holocaust. However, the political situation and prejudice does not always allow being objective...
Ali Hajizade, political analyst, head of the project “The Great Middle East”
Rosh Lea, Eberhard Jäckel: “Der Tod ist ein Meister aus Deutschland», Hamburg: |Hoffmann und Campe”, 1990. ISBN 3455083587
 Pierre Blanchet, “La jalousie maladive des militants armëniens?l’ëgard des Juifs”, «Le Nouvel Observateur», October 10, 1986