The Banality of Denial
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The Banality of Denial : Israel and the Armenian Genocide

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The Banality of Denial examines the attitudes of the State of Israel and its leading institutions toward the Armenian Genocide. Israel's view of this issue has special significance and deserves an attentive study, as it is a country composed of a people who were victims of the Holocaust. The Banality of Denial seeks both to examine the passive, indifferent Israeli attitude towards the Armenian Genocide, and to explore active Israeli measures to undermine attempts at safeguarding the memory of the Armenian victims of the Turkish persecution.

Such an inquiry into attempts at denial by Israeli institutions and leading figures of Israel's political, security, academic, and Holocaust "memory-preservation" elite has not merely an academic significance. It has considerable political relevance, both symbolic and tangible.

In The Banality of Denial--as in Auron's previous work--moral, philosophical, and theoretical questions are of paramount importance. Because no previous studies have dealt with these issues or similar ones, an original methodology is employed to analyze the subject with regard to four domains: political, educational, media, and academic.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 11.43mm | 499g
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 076580834X
  • 9780765808349
  • 2,373,783

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"Auron has written a well-informed, very enlightening, and courageous book.... Chapters on how Israeli media, high school and university education, and research treat--or decline to discuss--the Armenian genocide are exemplary. Because the study of genocides and related violations...is an increasingly important part of high school and university curricula, this is a timely and indispensable book." ""The Banality of Indifference" and " The Banality of Denial" are groundbreaking works of scholarship and will soon become essential reading for students in a wide range of fields, including global politics, genocide studies, Zionism, and international ethics."- " Middle East Journal " -This new book describes Israeli attitudes toward the phenomenon of genocide in general, including Biafra, Tibet, the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Taken together with [Auron's] earlier book, The Banality of Indifference, both works offer an opportunity to explore a subject of great contemporary relevance.-

--The Armenian Weekly

-Auron has written a well-informed, very enlightening, and courageous bookA. Chapters on how Israeli media, high school and university education, and research treat--or decline to discuss--the Armenian genocide are exemplary. Because the study of genocides and related violationsAis an increasingly important part of high school and university curricula, this is a timely and indispensable book.-

--Choice

-The Banality of Indifference and The Banality of Denial are groundbreaking works of scholarship and will soon become essential reading for students in a wide range of fields, including global politics, genocide studies, Zionism, and international ethics.-

--Middle East Journal "This new book describes Israeli attitudes toward the phenomenon of genocide in general, including Biafra, Tibet, the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Taken together with [Auron's] earlier book, The Banality of Indifference, both works offer an opportunity to explore a subject of great contemporary relevance."

--The Armenian Weekly

"Auron has written a well-informed, very enlightening, and courageous bookA. Chapters on how Israeli media, high school and university education, and research treat--or decline to discuss--the Armenian genocide are exemplary. Because the study of genocides and related violationsAis an increasingly important part of high school and university curricula, this is a timely and indispensable book."

--Choice

"The Banality of Indifference and The Banality of Denial are groundbreaking works of scholarship and will soon become essential reading for students in a wide range of fields, including global politics, genocide studies, Zionism, and international ethics."

--Middle East Journal "This new book describes Israeli attitudes toward the phenomenon of genocide in general, including Biafra, Tibet, the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Taken together with [Auron's] earlier book, "The Banality of Indifference," both works offer an opportunity to explore a subject of great contemporary relevance."

"--The Armenian Weekly"

"Auron has written a well-informed, very enlightening, and courageous bookA. Chapters on how Israeli media, high school and university education, and research treat--or decline to discuss--the Armenian genocide are exemplary. Because the study of genocides and related violationsAis an increasingly important part of high school and university curricula, this is a timely and indispensable book."

"--Choice"

""The Banality of Indifference" and "The Banality of Denial" are groundbreaking works of scholarship and will soon become essential reading for students in a wide range of fields, including global politics, genocide studies, Zionism, and international ethics."

"--Middle East Journal "
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About Yair Auron

Yair Auron is senior lecturer at The Open University of Israel and the Kibbutzim College of Education. He is the author of numerous articles and books on genocide and on contemporary Judaism, including Jewish-Israeli Identity and We Are All German Jews: Jewish Radicals in France During the Sixties and Seventies.
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