APP PRESS RELEASE
On the Occasion of the International Holocaust Conference
January 26-28, 2000
January 27, 2000
To those in the spotlight of the mainstream
From those in the dark of SILENCE and DENIAL
of genocides UNTOLD
against peoples UNTOLD
of individual human souls UNTOLD
still suffering from pasts UNTOLD
still living in an present UNTOLD
towards a future of sufferings
towards a future of annihilation
if remaining UNTOLD
The undersigned Assyrian organisations are sending greetings and best wishes to all participants of the international HOLOCAUST conference in Stockholm on January 26-28, 2000 which is addressing a topic of such overriding importance for the future development of human civilisation as dealing with the holocaust and taking lessons from it to prevent further genocides.
However, we are also sending our worries that this conference might fall short of its goals to initiate any proclaimed “education, remembrance and research” on the Holocaust in the true and deep sense of those words as it is arbitrarily restricting its reality outreach to an arbitrary tunnel-vision.
“The danger lies in our failure to learn from history, in our failure to see the connections.”
There are a scientifically established historical and causal connections between the highlighted Jewish holocaust and the first but yet mostly untold genocide of same century which has been committed against Assyrians and Armenians, Greeks in the Ottoman Empire and later on in Turkey.
Three-fourth of the Christian Assyrian people, at least 700,000 Assyrians of all denominations (Syrian-Orthodox, Nestorian, Chaldean), 1,5 million Armenians, at least 300,000 Greeks from the Pontos region and many other more were exterminated in unbelievable horror scenes of massacres and deportations, with additionally hundreds of thousands of children and women being abducted and forced into Turkification, Kurdification and Islamisation.
THE HOLOCAUST COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED IF MANKIND WOULD HAVE RAISED TO ITS REAL MISSION OF BROTHERLY SOLIDARITY AND AT THAT TIME WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE APPROPRIATE LESSON FROM THE HORRIFIC EVENTS OF THE FIRST GENOCIDE COMMITTED AGAINST ARMENIANS AND ASSYRIANS IN ORDER TO PREVENT ANY FUTURE GENOCIDES.
But the world choose to take another lesson:
The lack of awareness of the world community at that time and the impunity of that genocide, perpetrated with the knowledge of the German ally of Turkey, however, resulted in encouraging Hitler to ask on the eve of his assault on East Europe when he gave green light to his death squadrons “Who is still remembering the annihilation of the Armenians?”
That lesson of impunity of the Assyrian and Armenian genocides being a reflection of the weakness of the world’s attention and consciousness is still feeding the aftermath of that first genocide:
While in Stockholm the holocaust is dealt with only in terms of the past, it is still today that Assyrians are victims of oppression of their culture, persecution, murder, rape, expulsion, destruction of their national identity in all forms in their homelands in Turkey and particularly in Iraq where Assyrians and other Iraqi minorities were and are being subjected to ethnocidal policies practiced by the current regime.
“…Have you noticed how the Holocaust deniers are spreading their lies…”
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence political opportunism preferred to deny the reality of the Assyrian-Armenian genocide. Denial of genocide, however, is the last step of genocide. However, while perpetrators of that past and ongoing genocides and/or ethnocides and its deniers are participating in the conference the victims have not been invited, such as the Assyrians who are furthermore denied the international recognition of their existence as a nation. Nor was offered any participation to the Armenians and other nations who fell victim to genocides and who are still suffering from their aftermath.
Against this background we wish that a real lesson may be taken form the Stockholm holocaust conference. A lesson which will not eclipse the whole panorama of the historical truth, past, present and future. A lesson that will take care of the forgotten past victims but also today’s victims of that first, but nevertheless still ongoing genocide, ethnocide and their denials. And thus we wish that the conference participants will not fall prey to the self-complacency of a superficial festive alibi event fed by the international media spot-light but that they may find the courage to face the unmasked reality that is beyond hand-selected parcels of reality around the Holocaust.
Thus we wish that the holocaust may not be instrumentalised to blind-fold the world but that its remembrance will be a blessing for the world by increasing the world community’s awareness to fight the evils and demons of genocide in a brotherly spirit encompassing all mankind and in order… “to mend and repair the WHOLE world”.
Quotations from the conference opening address of the Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson and invitation from the Prime Minister’s Office, Stockholm, Sweden 30 June 1999
Assyrian Democratic Party ADP
Assyrian Liberation Party GFA
Assyrian Patriotic Party APP