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Turkish Denial of the Armenian Genocide

Program #LIFR-BALP001. Recorded in New York, NY on January 29, 1996.

Imagine if someone told you the Holocaust never happened or that slavery never existed. Your eyes would roll. The Armenian Genocide is a historical fact yet Turkey, the perpetrator, continues to deny it. This is not the case of a few crackpot individuals or small groups falsifying and fabricating history. This denial has the power, prestige, authority and financial support of the Turkish government. That the coverup persists is a scandal with broad political, cultural and moral implications.This program features a lively discussion with Robert Jay Lifton, Roger Smith and Peter Balakian. Lifton is a distinguished author and professor at the John Jay College of the City University of New York. Smith teaches at William and Mary and is recognized as an expert on the Armenian Genocide. Balakian teaches at Colgate University and is a well known poet and author.

Speaker(s):

Robert Jay Lifton

Robert Jay Lifton taught for many years at the John Jay College of the CUNY. He is currently a lecturer in psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. His book Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima won the National Book Award. He is also the author of The Nazi Doctors. His latest book is Superpower Syndrome.

Peter Balakian

Peter Balakian, historian, poet, and professor at Colgate University, is the author of  Black Dog of Fate and The Burning Tigris, and translator of Armenian Golgotha. In 2016 he won a Pulitzer Prize for his collection Ozone Journal.

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