1⃣ The lost memory of Turkey and Germany
An article publish at @Kathimerini_gr
2⃣ In the late 1930s it was estimated that 45% of the German population were members of the Nazi party or Nazi-affiliated organizations.
3⃣ Nevertheless, anyone who had met young Germans in the 1970s and 1980s would find that no one would admit that their own people were directly involved in this tragic chapter of German history, and in particular the Jewish Holocaust.
4⃣ Their grandparents had all served in auxiliary positions in the German army during the war and (of course) were not Nazis.
5⃣ The reason was the perception of collective guilt cultivated by the allies (mostly Americans and British) in occupied, post-war Germany.
What happened with the immediate involvement of Turkey in Nagorno-Karabakh brings to the surface the importance of historical memory for…
6⃣ …states and peoples. For the umpteenth time after 1890 (when the first pogrom occurred) the Armenians found Turkey as their eternal slaughterer.
If Germany equipped or guided Iran to attack Israel, the stones would rise.
7⃣ On the contrary, the international community is indifferent to the fact that the country responsible for the Armenian genocide has once again chosen to attack this nation.
The Turkish attitude is not accidental.
8⃣ It is due to the way the international community dealt with the tragic extermination of all non-Muslim populations living in the territories of present-day Turkey between 1914-1922.
9⃣ According to the (problematic) Ottoman census of 1914, the non-Muslim populations in these areas amounted to at least 20% of the total population.
After 1922 (and before the exchange agreement was implemented) they had been reduced to 2.5%.
🔟The never-before-implemented Treaty of Sevres of 1920 called for the handover to the Allies of those responsible for the massacres that took place during the war in the territories of the Ottoman Empire.
1⃣1⃣ On the contrary, the Treaty of Lausanne was completely indifferent to this issue.
Why did nothing happen in Lausanne?
1⃣2⃣ This deafening silence was a reward for Neo-Turkish policies of purges and massacres of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians in Ottoman territory during the period 1909-1918.
1⃣3⃣ All of this allows Turkish newspapers today (such as the one closely linked to Erdogan, Yeni Akit) to write about Nagorno-Karabakh:
“Tell the unbelievers that Mohammed’s army is returning.”
When does all this happen?
1⃣4⃣ When the “Black lives matter” movement demands the re-examination of the whole recent history of the West through the prism of the slave trade and colonialism.
1⃣5⃣ When the newly elected President of the United States🇺🇸 tells us that the study of genocide
“is a strong reminder to every generation of our continuing obligation to never forget.”
Why not forget?
So that we do not see it repeated.
1⃣6⃣ The explicit recognition of the genocides has substance and is not a formal act, a simple memorial to the dead.
The issue of lost Turkish🇹🇷 memory is not something secondary to overcome.
1⃣7⃣ This is the reason for Turkey’s participation in the Azerbaijan-Armenia war, as well as Turkey’s military deterrence in Syrian Kurdistan and the Eastern Mediterranean.
1⃣8⃣ But the attitude of many European countries goes back a hundred years: “This is Turkey🇹🇷”
They suggest that Europe must tolerate this situation because of Turkey’s strategic position.
1⃣9⃣ Although Germany 🇩🇪 is the strongest EU🇪🇺 country, during its six-month presidency it failed miserably to manage the EU’s external relations.
2⃣0⃣ Turkey 🇹🇷 kept the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean in the red for a whole four months and managed to change the balance in the Caucasus through military intervention.
2⃣1⃣ However, Germany🇩🇪 is a country that, due to its past, cannot afford to be indifferent to the genocides of other countries that reach today.
They have an increased responsibility to see international relations through the prism of historical memory.
2⃣2⃣ Germany’s🇩🇪 debt to Europe🇪🇺 (but also to humanity) is not limited to the recognition of its own crimes
It owes to its history to lead the EU states to make it a condition for Turkey 🇹🇷 to recognize the genocides of the Christian populations of the East.
2⃣3⃣ Immediately, the least Germany🇩🇪 can do is cut off all military equipment to Turkey 🇹🇷.
So we don’t have to go through genocides again…