Stumbling blocks: Geopolitics, the Armenian Genocide, and the American Jewish community

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dc.contributor.advisor Sarna, Jonathan en_US
dc.contributor.author Harris, Jason
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-15T15:54:00Z
dc.date.available 2008-09-15T15:54:00Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/22928
dc.description This thesis examines the history of the American Jewish community's engagement with the issue of recognizing the Armenian Genocide. en_US
dc.description.abstract In 2007 the standout political issue for the American Jewish community was whether or not to support a congressional resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide of 1915. How did global political complexities intrude on such a seemingly simple matter? What is the past history between the Armenian people and the American Jewish community? And what are the wider implications of this controversy? This paper considers the above questions across three sections. The first delves into Armenian history, noting in particular where the Armenian story abuts the Jewish one. This section also surveys the 1890s Hamidian massacres and American Jewry’s role in what became America’s first international humanitarian relief effort. The second part examines the Armenian Genocide, from the rise of the Young Turks to the aftermath of World War One, which resulted in the creation of the modern Republic of Turkey and the absorption of Armenia into the Soviet Union. Certain Jewish heroes emerge, such as Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, Raphael Lemkin, and Rabbi Stephen Wise, who, among others, endeavored to report on the Genocide and raise American consciousness about the fate of the Armenians. This paper also looks at comparisons between the Holocaust the Genocide and the efforts of modern-day Turkey to deny the Genocide and thwart recognition efforts. The third section considers the contemporary politics that make Genocide-recognition so difficult. Concerns about American and Israeli national security, the fate of Turkey’s Jewish community, and the desire to preserve Holocaust “uniqueness” intrude upon what many in our community consider to be a purely moral question. Ultimately, this paper leaves it to the reader to consider the dilemma between acting “righteous” and “practical.” en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brandeis University en_US
dc.rights Copyright by Jason Harris 2008 en_US
dc.subject Jewish and Armenian Genocide en_US
dc.subject United States Congress and Armenian Genocide en_US
dc.subject Israel and Armenian Genocide en_US
dc.subject Henry Morgenthau and Armenian Genocide en_US
dc.subject Rabbi Stephen Wise and Armenian Genocide en_US
dc.subject Jewish community and geopolitics en_US
dc.subject Jews and Armenian Genocide en_US
dc.subject Armenian Genocide en_US
dc.subject Jews and Armenia en_US
dc.subject Jewish community and United States Congress en_US
dc.subject Jewish community and Armenian Genocide en_US
dc.title Stumbling blocks: Geopolitics, the Armenian Genocide, and the American Jewish community en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.department Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program & Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies en_US
dc.degree.name MA en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.degree.discipline Professional Leadership en_US
dc.degree.discipline Near Eastern and Judaic Studies en_US
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences en_US


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