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Dec. 22, 2007

Genocide Education Popular Topic at NCSS 2007 Annual Conference

Sep. 29, 2007

The Genocide Education Project Offers Educators New Lesson Plan

Apr. 17, 2007

Lincy Foundation Awards Grant To The Genocide Education Project

Mar. 25, 2007

The Genocide Education Project Announces The Call For Entries For Its Aharonian Award

Jan. 10, 2007

First Web Class On The Armenian Genocide Launched: www.LearnGenocide.com

Dec. 15, 2006

The Genocide Education Project Reaches Hundreds Of Teachers At National Conference

Aug. 15, 2006

Illinois Teacher Awarded 2006 Aharonian Award For Excellence

Jul. 13, 2006

Winning Collaboration On Armenian Genocide Teacher-Training

Jun. 23, 2006

The Genocide Education Project Reaches Out To California Students And Teachers

Apr. 13, 2006

L.A. Teachers Learn Lessons On The Armenian Genocide

Apr. 13, 2006

L.A. City Attorney Teams Up With The Genocide Education Project

Mar. 16, 2006

The Genocide Education Project Establishes Distinguished Advisory Board

Jan. 5, 2006

Education As A Tool For Combating Armenian Genocide and Holocaust Denial

Dec. 15, 2005

The Genocide Education Project Participates In National Teachers Conference

Nov. 22, 2005

The Genocide Education Project Launches Henry Morgenthau Ambassadorship Program

Nov. 22, 2005

The Genocide Education Project Announces New Award For Excellence In Teaching About The Armenian Genocide

Apr. 18, 2005

New Teaching Kit On The Armenian Genocide

Apr. 14, 2005

The Genocide Education Project Established

 

 
 

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January 5, 2006

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Raffi Momjian

 
     
 

Education As A Tool For Combating Armenian Genocide And Holocaust Denial

Dr. Paul Bartrop

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Holocaust Center of Northern California and The Genocide Education Project hosted lecturer Dr. Paul Bartrop, a prominent Holocaust and Genocide Studies Fellow at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday, December 18 at the Holocaust Center in San Francisco.  Dr. Bartrop addressed members of the Armenian community and Holocaust Center community about the role and importance of education to thwart genocide denial. 

In his lecture, Dr. Bartrop pointed out some recent examples of denial, noting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust, writer Orhan Pamuk's trial in Turkey for insulting the country with mention of the Armenian Genocide, and the lawsuit against the Massachusetts Board of Education for removing denial literature on the Armenian Genocide. Bartrop contended that if we study genocide, we must study attempts to deny it as well, since denial is the final phase of genocide and its use completes the process of annihilation.

Bartrop discussed some of the challenges of dealing with denial in the classroom to what extent should students be exposed to deniers, how teachers can help students understand and question the motives of genocide deniers, and how to combat denial.  At a minimum, he asserted, students should know that deniers exists, recognize their motives and be prepared to answer questions of opposition.  These are lessons in social responsibility.

Bartrop went on to discuss the various forms and processes of denial, including either rationalizing or trivializing genocide, how deniers falsify research findings, misquote or dismiss the veracity of the evidence to the contrary.  "Teaching about genocide is a matter of self-interest if we wish to live in a civilized society which elevates humanity and denigrates barbarism of the kind the perpetrators of genocide have practiced," concluded Dr. Bartrop.

Raffi Momjian, Executive Director of The Genocide Education Project stated, "Both our communities are being dehumanized to this day, the Jewish community continues to face anti-Semitic forces, while the Armenians must deal with denial of their genocide." He concluded, "We are convinced that the most effective way to combat anti-Semitism and denial is through education."

Morgan Blum, Head Educator of the Holocaust Center of Northern California, commented, "We were very pleased to have an opportunity to host an event of common interest for both the Armenian and Holocaust Center community.  We can gain great perspective by studying the unique aspects of the Holocaust and Armenian Genocide, as well as understanding the common elements which adds to the richness of Comparative Genocide Studies."

The Genocide Education Project is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that assists educators in teaching about human rights and genocide, particularly the Armenian Genocide, by developing and distributing instructional materials, providing access to teaching resources and organizing educational workshops.

Founded in 1977, the Holocaust Center of Northern California is the region's most important resource for Holocaust education, research and remembrance.   The Center strives to educate people of all ages about the consequences of racism, hatred and indifference.  For more information, call (415) 777-9060, or visit the website at www.hcnc.org.