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    International Affirmation of the Armenian Genocide

    Public Petitions

    Statement by 126 Holocaust Scholars, Holders of Academic Chairs, and Directors of Holocaust Research and Studies Centers

    March 7, 2000

    View image of the petition appeared in New York Times, June 9, 2000.

    126 Holocaust Scholars Affirm the Incontestable Fact of the Armenian Genocide and Urge Western Democracies to Officially Recognize it.

    At the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Scholar's Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches Convening at St. Joseph University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 3-7, 2000, one hundred twenty-six Holocaust Scholars, holders of Academic Chairs and Directors of Holocaust Research and Studies Centers, participants of the Conference, signed a statement affirming that the World War I Armenian Genocide is an incontestable historical fact and accordingly urge the governments of Western democracies to likewise recognize it as such. The petitioners, among whom is Nobel Laureate for Peace Elie Wiesel, who was the keynote speaker at the conference, also asked the Western Democracies to urge the Government and Parliament of Turkey to finally come to terms with a dark chapter of Ottoman-Turkish history and to recognize the Armenian Genocide. This would provide an invaluable impetus to the process of the democratization of Turkey.

    Below is a partial list of the signatories:

    Prof. Yehuda Bauer
    Distinguished Professor
    Hebrew University
    Director, The International Institute of Holocaust Research
    Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

    Prof. Richard Libowitz
    Temple University

    Prof. Israel Charny, Director
    Institute of the Holocaust and Genocide, Jerusalem
    Professor at the Hebrew University,
    Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of Genocide

    Dr. Marcia Littell
    Stockton College
    Exec. Director, Scholars' Conference
    On the Holocaust and the Churches

    Prof. Ward Churchill
    Ethnic Studies
    The University of Colorado, Boulder

    Franklin Littell
    Emeritus Professor
    Temple University

    Prof. Stephen Feinstein, Director
    Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
    University of Minnesota

    Prof. Hubert G. Locke
    Washington University
    Co-founder of the Annual Scholar's Conference
    On the Holocaust and the Churches

    Prof. Saul Friedman, Director
    Holocaust and Jewish Studies
    Youngston State University, Ohio

    Dr. Elizabeth Maxwell
    Executive Director of the International Scholarly
    Conference on the Holocaust, London, England

    Prof. Edward Gaffney
    Valparaiso University Law Schoo

    Prof. Erik Markusen
    Southwest State University, MN

    Prof. Zev Garber
    Los Angeles Valley College

    Prof. Saul Mendlowitz
    Dag Hammerskjold Distinguished Professor
    of International Law
    Rutgers University

    Prof. Dorota Glowacka
    University of King's Collage
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Prof. Jack Needle, Director
    Center for Holocaust Studies
    Brookdale Community College
    Lincroft, NJ

    Dr. Irving Greenberg, President
    Jewish Life Network

    Dr. Philip Rosen, Director
    Holocaust Education Center of the Delaware Valley

    Prof. Herbert Hirsch
    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Prof. Alan S, Rosenbaum
    Dept. of Philosophy
    Cleveland State University

    Prof. Irving L. Horowitz
    Hannah Arendt Distinguished Professor
    Rutgers University, NJ

    William L. Shulman, President
    Association of Holocaust Organizations City University of New York

    Rabbi Dr. Steve Jacobs
    Temple Sinai Shalom
    Huntsville, Alabama
    Associate Editor of The Encyclopedia of Genocide

    Prof. Samuel Totten
    The University of Arkansas
    Assoc. Editor of The Encyclopedia of Genocide

    Prof. Steven Katz
    Distinguish Professor
    Director, Center for Judaic Studies
    Boston University

    Prof. Elie Wiesel
    Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities
    Boston University
    Founding Chairman of the United States
    Holocaust Memorial Council
    Nobel Laureate for Peace

    I hereby declare that the originals of these one hundred and twenty-six signatories are on file in my office. All affiliations supplied are for identification purposes only.

    Dr. Stephen Feinstein, Director,
    Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
    University of Minnesota