essay by Demetrios Vakras
islam: Hitler's model for extermination 1
Above, graphite on paper, HONORARY ANZACS IN THE HOUSE OF PEACE - expiration of Armenia, 2010
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my latest series of works exposes the link between Islam, genocide, Hitler and intolerance.
Even though I attribute to Christianity Hitler's murders( re: http://www.daimonas.com/pages/christian-hitler.html ), I do have a problem with Hitler's genocide on one front. For, although there were pogroms against Jews in the past, they were limited in scope and not intended to wipe their existence out. However, in the case of Islam, there are ample examples of genocide.
The precedent for Hitler's extermination can be found in the Muslim Turks who exterminated 1.5 million Armenians on the grounds of their race and religion (Christianity).
There are a number of factors which are treated in historical narratives as separate, but which are actually related.
One of Hitler's early mentors/collaborators was Scheubner-Richter ( wikipedia link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Maximilian_Erwin_von_Scheubner-Richter )
As stated on the Wikipedia article, the first book of the Mein Kampf is dedicated to him (actually, Hitler's dedication includes the names of all of those killed in the 1923 Putsch, including Scheubner-Richter).
Scheubner-Richter witnessed the deportation of Armenians when he was the vice consul for Germany in "Turkey". What he communicated back to Germany was the Turk's self-declared intention to eliminate the Armenians as a race, and to make the entire empire Muslim.
By itself it may not seem too much more than a coincidence. But the "west" has tended to overlook what was happening in the "east", and that as the treaty of Versailles was being concluded with regards to Germany in the west, another treaty, that of Sevres, was being concluded in the east with regards to the Turks. ( Treaty of Sevres ). The treaty of Sevres was never enforced - or rather it was left to the Greeks to enforce. The Greeks could not enforce it and they ultimately lost.
The element ignored, and I contend this to be a deliberate omission, is the Young Turks (with especial reference to their propaganda). The Young Turks declared that the Ottoman rulers had no right to speak on behalf of the Turkish people, and that therefore the treaty of Sevres was void. Hitler said the same thing about the German Republic and the Treaty of Versailles in his speeches. The Young Turks insisted that the empire should be homogenous in race and religion (although one of the Young Turk intelligentsia, Gökalp, racially a Kurd, defined "Turkishness" as language, "culture" and religion, and not necessarily of race). Hitler said the same thing in his speeches. Hitler's speeches (which are available on Amazon) are fairly close approximations of what the Young Turks wrote.
Historical accounts seem to ignore that when the Nazis marched in their Beer Hall putsch that this happened in the same year that the Young Turks successfully had the Treaty of Sevres scrapped: 1923. Every action undertaken by Hitler had already been tried and tested successfully by the Turks. The Turks had exterminated the Armenians and suffered no penalty; the Turks challenged by military force of arm the treaty of Sevres and succeeded in having it replaced. What Germany undertook during the second world war, was influenced by what the Turks had achieved in the first world war. And the emissary of the Turk's actions and direct link to Hitler was Scheubner-Richter.
The Beer Hall Putsch was in 8-9/11/1923; The Treaty of Lausanne which replaced the Treaty of Sevres for the Turks was concluded in 24/7/1923. The Beer Hall Putsch, in attempting the overthrow of the Weimar Republic, was then no more that an German emulation of the overthrow of the Ottomans by the Young Turks.
The model for a racially and religiously homogenous state that was pursued by Hitler was based on the example of the writings of the Young Turks. And the Young Turks based their ideas on the Koran, essentially the elimination of "fitna".
(Two translations of the relevant passage below)
(8:39) "So fight them until there is no more disbelief (fitnah) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone"
(8:39) "And fight with them until there is no more persecution (fitnah) and religion should be only for Allah"
THE ELEMENTS THAT COMPRISE THIS DRAWING
The drawing is based on the photograph of Turks standing over the disembodied heads of Armenians. The Turks pose proudly over the heads of their unfortunate victims because the Koran exhorts: "Allah revealed His will to the angels, saying: 'I shall be with you. Give courage to the believers. I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, maim them in every limb!' The Spoils 8.12 (Dawood translation).
I first saw this image reproduced on p. 57 of the book Faces of the Enemy, reflections of the hostile imagination by Sam Keen (ISBN: 0062504673)published in 1985. According to Keen it is a "Contemporary Greek poster keeping alive the memory of the Armenian massacre by the Turks a half a century ago" meaning that for Keen the reprehensible act was not the extermination of Armenians by Turks, but that Greeks, "keep alive" the memory!
The Greek poster reads:
"24 April 1915
(the )THEME OF THE TURKISH BESTIALITY
THE ARMENIANS DO NOT FORGET THE GENOCIDE OF 1915"
The acts of Turkish bestiality against Armenians commenced in 1915. This Turkish bestial genocide ended in 1923. The Greek poster from 1985 (I assume that it dates to the year Keen published his book) dates to 62 years after the end of the Turkish exterminations. At the time of my writing this, the second world war in Europe has been over for more than 65 years. It is still an event over which Nazis are still pursued and prosecuted for their crimes in court. If we use Keen's logic, then those who pursue Nazis are perpetrating a greater evil as they merely reinforce negative stereotypes about Germans.
The day of 24 April is observed internationally as Genocide Remembrance Day. According to Keen then, the observation of the anniversary of this Turkish atrocity is the atrocity instead.
Genocide Remembrance Day
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Genocide Remembrance Day is a national holiday in Armenia and is observed by Armenians in dispersed communities around the world on April 24. It is held annually to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to 1923. In Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, hundreds of thousands of people walk to the Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial to lay flowers at the eternal flame.
The date 24 April commemorates the Armenian notables deported from the Ottoman capital in 1915, of hundreds of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders, most of whom would be executed, which was a precursor to the ensuing events.”
Why HONORARY ANZACS?
The Turk’s extermination of Armenians commenced one day before the ANZACS landed on “ANZAC Cove”, on the day before “ANZAC Day”.
In 2006 Turks marched openly with Retired Australian soldiers on ANZAC day, because, the claim went, the Turks, unlike the Germans or Japanese were "honourable".)
This was reported on in the media in Australia in 2006. Above: story as it appeared on the Age online http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/anzac-march-open-to-johnny-turk/2006/04/11/1144521340623.html
“Anzac march open to 'Johnny Turk' — but that's it”
By Carolyn Webb
April 12, 2006
"Some descendants of wartime foes can march on Anzac Day, the Victorian RSL has ruled…But the ruling applies only to descendants of World War I Turkish soldiers, because they were 'a very honorable' enemy, according to the Victorian RSL president, Major-General David McLachlan. The endorsement does not extend to families of German, Japanese, Italian or North Vietnamese. 'I could never ever see, in Victoria, Japanese veterans of the Second World War marching in an Anzac Day march…They were a dreaded enemy that was despised by the Australian veterans…the Italians that fought with Axis forces certainly shouldn't be marching.' In defiance of RSL policy, Turkish-Australians whose fathers and grandfathers fought at Gallipoli have been marching in the Melbourne parade since 1996."
There is something wrong in the ethics of a nation that feels that the death of 1.5 million people, killed on account of their race and religion, is quite alright, as long as it was not Australians. I’ll put this into some Australian perspective. Melbourne, in 1914, had a population of 670,000 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Melbourne). Sydney's population was larger than Melbourne's (and reached 1 million after the war). The combined populations of (possibly) 850,000 (Sydney) + 670,000 (Melbourne) is 1,520,000.
The combined slaughter of Armenians was then the equivalent of the extermination of the entire populations of both Sydney and Melbourne as they stood in 1914. But for Australia, this does not make the Turks dishonourable.
On account of the honourability of the Turks according to Australians, I have placed on their fez the ANZAC rising sun badge ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rising_Sun_(badge) ). As they would not have been, according to Australians, capable of atrocities, I replace their guns with harps… maybe the heads of the Armenians simply floated off because of the beauty of the melody of the Turks lyres? The chords strummed by these ANZAC Turks are comprised of the beams of Koranic revelation radiating from the heavens. Looking on in admiration of the “honourable” Turks is Simpson guiding his donkey with a wounded soldier ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Simpson_Kirkpatrick ). (This is based on a small sculpture at the Melbourne War Memorial). In the rubble at the bottom a hand pokes out. It is taken from Delacroix’s “Greece expiring on the ruins of Missolonghi”. The hand holds the undoctored photo of beheaded Armenians.
There are a number of winged victories included my drawing - on which I will write at some later date.
One of the square blocks of rubble has a relief of a coin. It is of the Parthian king Phraataces who reigned from 2 BC to 4 AD. The significance of this coin is that it contains all of the elements that the Muslims later appropriated to symbolize their religion. Phraataces faces a crescent moon and Venus, with a winged victory behind him.
Watching all of this from above in my drawing is Mohammed, riding his winged horse, taken from medieval Persian portrayals. Mohammed, in Zoroastrian tradition, is surrounded by fire (which was considered sacred by Zoroastrians).
The buildings in the background of the drawing are Armenian. They are on fire and in the process of being destroyed as the Turks erase the memory of the existence of the Armenians:
Above, the group of 5 churches as they appeared at the turn of the (20th) century near the town of Digor which are used as the background for my drawing. The largest of these Churches is Saint Sergius which dates to 1029. After the deportation of Armenians in the early 20th century, scholars were only allowed to return to this site in the 1960s. Only St Sergius remains largely intact. The Turks reduced the rest to rubble. Article from the Age, 22/4/1989, "Demolition of an ancient culture", by William Dalrymple, sourced from the "Independent" (UK).
© Demetrios Vakras
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