Dr. Diamadis to Present Australian POWs' Reports

9/21/2006 6:15:00 PM

Politics, Academia and the Denial of Genocide: The Hellenic, Armenian and Assyrian Communities in the Late Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey

by Dr. Panayiotis Diamadis
specialist in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Greek Cypriot Brotherhood
Britannia Centre
Britannia Rd, N12 9RU
October 2nd, 2006 at 8:00 PM

This lecture will discuss the image of “Johnny Turk” the “clean fighting Turk” during World War I and the way this image is manipulated by politicians in Australia , New Zealand and Turkey for political purposes today. While Australians and New Zealanders may have benign reasons for manipulating historical memory, the Turkish government’s reasons are more sinister and include the denial of the Armenian, Assyrian and Hellenic genocides of 1915-1923.

In his lecture, Dr. Diamadis will present the reports of Australian prisoners-of-war (POWs) who were captured by the Ottoman Turks in 1915. He will show that “Johnny Turk” or the “clean fighting Turk” was not so clean after all. In fact, Australian POWs were much abused by their captors and suffered phenomenally high mortality rates. Dr. Diamadis will also show how many of these POWs, while in captivity, bore witness to the mass murder of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians in the interior of the Ottoman Empire.

Dr. Diamadis will then conclude by discussing the relationship between historical memory and forgetting, academia and politics, and the mechanics of writing and denying history.

BIOGRAPHY: Panayiotis Diamadis is a Greek-Australian with a PhD in modern Hellenic history. His publications include Makedhonia versus Makedonija: The Evolution of the Macedonian Issue in Australia 1930-1988 (M.A. thesis); A Child's Grief A Nation’s Lament (co-authored, Sydney: Stentor Publishing 1995), as well as a number of journal and newspaper articles such as “Prolegomena to a Study of ANZAC POWs in Asia Minor 1914-1918” International Network on Holocaust e Genocide Volume 13 Number 2 and “Theft of a Heritage” The Australian July 25 1994. Dr. Diamadis is outspoken about the destruction of the Hellenic, Armenian and Assyrian communities in the late Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey.

The event is sponsored by Gomidas Institute Outreach Programme. For more information please email Roland Mnatsakanyan at info@gomidas.org.uk