The book represents an earthquake in genocide studies, particularly in the field of Armenian Genocide research. A unique feature of the Armenian Genocide has been the long-standing efforts of successive Turkish governments to deny its historicity and to hide the documentary evidence
surrounding it. This book provides a major clarification of the often blurred lines between facts and truth in regard to these events. The authenticity of the killing orders signed by Ottoman Interior Minister Talat Pasha and the memoirs of the Ottoman bureaucrat Naim Efendi have been two of the most contested topics in this regard. The denialist school has long argued that these documents and memoirs were all forgeries, produced by Armenians to further their claims. Taner Akçam provides the evidence to refute the basis of these claims and demonstrates clearly why the documents can be trusted as authentic, revealing the genocidal intent of the Ottoman-Turkish government towards its Armenian population. As such, this work removes a cornerstone from the denialist edifice, and further establishes the historicity of the Armenian Genocide.
About the Author
Taner Akçam is Professor of History at Clark University, USA. His publications include The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire (2012), which was co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Book Award and one of ForeignAffairs.com’s ‘Best Books on the Middle East’.
Table of ContentsPreface
The Story and Authenticity of Naim Efendi and His Memoirs
Even If the Memoirs Are Authentic, Could the Documents Still Be Forgeries?
Subjects and Events Mentioned by Naim Efendi Corroborated in Ottoman Documents
Appendix B: Dr. Avedis Nakkashian’s Letter to Andonian
Appendix C: Aram Andonian’s Letter to Mary Terzian
Appendix D: Consul W. Rössler’s Letter to Dr. Lepsius
Appendix E: Memorandum to the Lawyers of Soghomon Tehlirian
What People are Saying About This
“The Sherlock Holmes of Armenian Genocide.” (Eric Weitz, The City College of New York, USA)
“This is an extraordinarily important work for those who understand its significance. Taner Akçam has quite literally blown the Turkish narrative as itself ‘fake news’.” (Mark Levene, University of Southampton, UK)
“Taner Akçam’s careful edition of an important Ottoman bureaucrat’s memoirs and related sources is a signal contribution to the contentious debate about state policy and practice towards Armenians during the First World War. It is essential reading for all those interested in Genocide and Human Rights Studies.” (Dirk Moses, University of Sydney, Australia)