Tessa Hofmann: Behavior of German authorities in relation to Armenian Genocide is the same as it was in 1915
YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 24, ARMENPRESS. Behavior of German authorities in relation to Armenian Genocide is the same as it was in 1915. Famous genocide scholar Tessa Hofmann made such a remark in an interview with “Armenpress”. Although this topic is on the agenda of the German Parliament for this Thursday, Hofmann highly doubts that the issue will be discussed. She explains her opinion by the relations between Turkey and Germany, which are currently mostly focused on the refugee crisis.
“In this situation our Foreign Office will do everything possible not to disturb the relations with Ankara – comparable to the situation in 1915, when official Germany sacrificed all human and humanitarian criteria for the sake of Ottoman-German military alliance. Neither the Ottoman genocide, nor the ongoing fight against the Kurds in Turkey (with all its ‘collateral damage’ to the Kurdish civic population) will change this, I am afraid. And the critics of such ‘realpolitical’ attitudes in this country are not numerous and influential enough to stop it. And even if the possibility of a parliamentary debate on the Armenian genocide is discussed next Thursday, there is little chance that the oppositional ‘Green’ Party gains enough support among the ruling coalition of conservatives and Social-Democrats”, Tessa Hofmann said.
The Armenian Genocide issue will be discussed at the German Bundestag on February 25, paying tribute and honoring the victims of the crime that took place 100 years ago.
The discussion was initiated by the Bundestag "Alliance ‘90 / The Greens" party, the co-president of which is Cem Ozdemir, who is Turkish by nationality. The discussion will last 45 minutes.
"Alliance ‘90 / The Greens" and its co-president have repeatedly condemned the Armenian Genocide, urging Turkey to recognize the historical facts and come to terms with the reality.