Scrapbookpages Blog

January 24, 2014

Why is Sacramento, CA the only major city that does not have a Holocaust Museum?

Filed under: California, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:19 pm

Sacramento is the Capital city of California. The city has many famous museums, including a Railroad Museum, an Automobile Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, and the State Indian Museum.  But no Holocaust Museum.  Why is that?

Many years ago, there was a proposed Holocaust Museum for Sacramento, but the plan was canceled when the Armenians wanted to be included.  Holocaustians do not want to acknowledge that there was an Armenian genocide because this would take away from the Holocaust, which is the worst crime ever committed in the entire history of the world.

Now California wants to adopt a “Genocide Curriculum Measure,” which would mandate the teaching of the Armenian Genocide in California schools.  California is one of the 5 states in America which has mandatory Holocaust education.

The following quote is from an article in today’s news, which you can read at http://www.armenianweekly.com/2014/01/24/california-assembly-panel-adopts-genocide-curriculum-measure/:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Standing strong against Armenian Genocide denial, the California State Assembly Education Committee unanimously adopted AB-659 on Jan. 15 a measure introduced by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian which would bolster the commitment of the State of California to teach of the Armenian Genocide to public school students in Grades 7-12.

Following the hearing, Nazarian said, “It was with great pride that I introduced AB 659, a bill that will call for the adoption of an oral testimony component in teaching students about the Armenian Genocide. I would like to thank the ANCA-WR for their assistance with this bill and look forward to their continued support as AB 659 makes its way to the Assembly floor. I would like to also commend my fellow colleagues on the Assembly Committee on Education in voting unanimously on the side of truth and justice”

Testifying forcefully in support of the measure was ANCA Western Region Legislative Affairs Director Haig Baghdassarian. Turkish American groups presented a diatribe of genocide denial, which compelled Committee Chairwoman Joan Buchanan and fellow Committee members Rocky Chavez and Shirley Weber to set the record straight about the importance of speaking clearly about genocide and historical injustices.

I previously blogged here about the “Fresno Indians” which is what Armenians living in California are sometimes called.  Note that the new legislation was sponsored by Adrin Nazarian, who is Armenian.

You can read more about the Armenian Genocide controversy on this blog: http://armeniangenocideblog.wordpress.com/tag/armenian-genocide-recognition/

December 23, 2013

European Court of Justice maintains that the Nazi gas chambers are a “historic fact”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:56 am

You can read a news story, which explains the difference between the laws, pertaining to the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, at http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.564226

This quote is from the news article:

The [European Court of Justice] drew a distinction between the Armenian case and [the] appeals it has rejected against convictions for denying the Nazi German Holocaust against the Jews during World War II.

“In those cases [convictions for denying the Holocaust], the applicants had denied the historical facts even though [the historical facts] were sometimes very concrete, such as the existence of the gas chambers. They had denied the crimes perpetrated by the Nazi regime for which there had been a clear legal basis. Lastly, the acts that they had called into question had been found by an international court to be clearly established.”

What “international court” was it that “clearly established” the “existence of gas chambers”?  Is this a reference to the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, where Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau, testified about the gas chambers?

I previously blogged about the Nuremberg testimony of Rudolf Hoess at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/when-rudolf-hoess-stood-trial-at-nuremberg/

Testimony at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg also established the “historical facts” that 4 million people were killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz and that 1.5 million people were murdered at Majdanek.  These “historical facts” have now fallen by the wayside, but it is still a crime to “call into question” the gas chambers.  It used to be a crime to claim that the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp was a reconstruction, but now the reconstruction is being admitted.

You can see photos of the reconstructed gas chamber at Auschwitz on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08.html

Just because the Auschwitz gas chamber is a reconstruction doesn’t mean that you can deny that the room was a gas chamber at one time.  The belief in gas chambers is still required by law.

March 10, 2012

French law against Armenian genocide denial overturned by court

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:49 am

This quote is from a CNN news article which you can read in full here.

A new French law making it a crime to publicly deny the Ottoman Empire’s genocide of Armenians a century ago was ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by France’s Constitutional Council.

The measure, which triggered condemnation from modern Turkey, was given final passage by the French Senate and signed into law by President Nicolas Sarkozy last month.

Sarkozy’s office immediately issued a statement calling for a new version of the law “taking into account the decision of the Constitutional Council.”

“The president believes that genocide denial is intolerable and must be punished in this regard,” the statement said.

The country’s highest judicial body reviewed it at the request of National Assembly members and French senators.

“The Council deems the law unconstitutional,” a short statement from the court said Tuesday.

The French law against Armenian genocide denial, which was proposed by President Nicolas Sarkozy, was passed by the French parliament in December 2011. The new law made it a crime to deny that the 1.5 million Armenians allegedly killed by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 was a “genocide.”  Now the council has ruled that the law violated freedom of speech, which is protected by the French constitution. Sarkozy wants the law to be rewritten, so that it can be passed again.

Armenian civilians are marched to a nearby prison in Kharpert by armed Ottoman soldiers, April 1915. 

Jews are marched to a ghetto in Krakow in Word War II

So what is the difference between the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust?

According to Wikipedia, “the Great Crime (the Armenian genocide) was the systematic killing of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was implemented through wholesale massacres and deportations, with the deportations consisting of forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees.”

The Holocaust was a bit different in that the Jews were sent on trains to concentration camps, and when the camps had to be abandoned, the Jews were forced marched under conditions designed to lead to their deaths.  I didn’t make this up — the story of the Jews being marched in order to kill them is part of the official Holocaust story.

According to Wikipedia, “the Ottoman military uprooted Armenians from their homes and forced them to march for hundreds of miles, depriving them of food and water, to the desert of what is now Syria.”  Holocaust deniers say that the Jews were uprooted from their homes and “transported to the East” meaning that they were sent to the three Operation Reinhard camps (Treblinka, Belzec, and Sobibor) from where they were taken into Russia.

I learned from Wikipedia that “Massacres (in the Armenian genocide) were indiscriminate of age or gender, with rape and other sexual abuse commonplace.”  You don’t hear many stories of the Germans raping the Jews.  The penalty for rape for a German soldier was death, and there was a German law against Germans and Jews having intercourse, so this prevented rape and sexual abuse.  It was the German women who were raped by the Allies in World War II.

The Jews and the Armenians are similar in that both are considered to be a race AND a religion.  The Armenians have their own churches, which are a bit different from other Christian churches.  For those who don’t believe that such a thing as race exists, then you can say that the Armenians are an ethnic group.

So it seems to me that, if there is a law against Holocaust denial, then there should be a law against Armenian genocide denial.  Or both events should be covered by free speech laws, and anyone can deny anything they want to.