WATERTOWN–Mass.–One-hundred and twenty-six Holocaust Scholars signed a statement affirming that the Armenian Genocide is an incontestable fact and urged the governmen’s of Western democracies to recognize it–noted a half-page advertisement in Friday’s edition of The New York Times (Pg. A29). The petitioners–among whom is Nobel Laureate for Peace Elie Wiesel–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."
Names of 26 of the original 126 signatories appear in the advertisement–paid for by descendants of survivors of the Armenian Genocide and the Jewish Holocaust. The originals of the 126 signatures are on file in the office of Dr. Stephen Feinstein–Director for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies–University of Minnesota–notes the advertisement.
Below is the full text of the advertisement. From: The New York Times–June 9–2000–page A29
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 Scholars’ 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 governmen’s 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.