Genocide Legacies Essay

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"Every genocide leaves a legacy," said Freddy Mutanguha, Country Director of Aegis in Rwanda. A legacy is anything handed down from an ancestor or predecessor. One of the many legacies after a genocide is denial. Genocides contain a legacy of denial of its existence. For example, nations of the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide denies the existence. Denial of these genocides may happen on people from both culminations of the genocide.
The Holocaust was a time in history in which as much as six million Jews were killed during World War II in concentration camps. The word ‘holocaust’ meaning whole burned in Greek was used to describe the genocide lead by the German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler ...view middle of the document...

Despite the evidence and testimony, the Turkish Empire still strongly claim that there wasn’t a genocide that occurred in their country and the claims of the Armenian genocide were false.
A person’s denial to something may be a way to put away unpleasant thoughts and wishes from conscious matters. For instance, a survivor of a genocide may be in denial of the existence of the genocide because they don’t want to experience the pain of losing a loved one. The denial of its existence would allow them to live in their own bubble experiencing the happiness it provides them. Without the denial they chose to be it, they would have to face reality that the genocide actually happened then they would have to experience the agony they felt once they found out the death of a close relative. Denial is often thought as something unpleasant but if it allows the person to escape his/her aching thoughts, it wouldn’t be so unscrupulous. Another way denial could be looked as is an excuse many people uses to reject the point that they did something wrong and would have to face the consequences.
Such as the fact in which many nations reject the fact that a genocide occurred in their country. The Holocaust for example contains denial from many people like trying to cast upon it and hide the fact that it actually occurred. The main reason for denial of the Holocaust was that it served people in diverse ways especially politically to have a false history to become accepted to people. As a result, it is well known that many people attempt to misrepresent the event by doubting it, confusing people, as well an attempt to hide the history of the event. Besides the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide also contained a large amount of denial amongst the people.
The Turks denial was one of the oldest and effective genocide denial phenomenon. Unlike the Holocaust denial, in Turkey, speaking the truth about the genocide was a crime and continued to provide false history on the central foreign policy of the event. They threatened and influenced many countries and scholars that would speak the truth about it. In this situation, the people never exposed the truth about the genocide making their country’s denial one of the most successful ones. Despite their success in denial, evidence or photos, although no one at the time had the...

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