Iğdır Genocide Memorial and Museum

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Iğdır Genocide Memorial and Museum

Iğdır Genocide Memorial and Museum (Turkish: Iğdır Soykırım Anıt-Müzesi) or Memorial and Museum of Martyred Turks Massacred by Armenians (Turkish: Ermeniler Tarafından Katledilen Şehit Türkler Anıt ve Müzesi) is a memorial-museum complex to commemorate alleged massacres of Turks by Armenians during World War I and the Turkish–Armenian War. The construction for the memorial started on 1 August 1997 and it was dedicated on 5 October 1999 in Iğdır, Turkey. Its height is 43.5 metres, making it the tallest monument in Turkey.[1]

Minister of State Ramazan Mirzaoğlu claimed that between 1915 and 1920 Armenians killed almost 80,000 people in Iğdır in his address during the opening ceremony, where the Turkish president Süleyman Demirel was also present.[2][3]

Criticism[edit]

Bilgin Ayata on Armenian Weekly criticized the memorial "aggressive, nationalistic, and outright hostile."[4] European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy announced that the memorial is designed to deny the Armenian Genocide and demanded its closure.[5]

Gallery[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Iğdır "Soykırım" Anıt-Müzesi, Governorate of Iğdır
  2. ^ Hofmann, Tessa. "Armenians in Turkey: A Critical Assessment of the situation of the Armenian Minority in the Turkish Republic." Forum of Armenian Associations in Europe. October 2002, p. 32.
  3. ^ "Türk-Ermeni İlişkileri Uluslararası Sempozyumu ve "Iğdır Soykırım Anıtı ve Müzesinin" Açılış" (in Turkish). Retrieved 3 May 2015. "1915-1920 yılları arasında Iğdır'da yaklaşık 80 bin kişinin Ermeniler tarafından hunharca katledildiği..."
  4. ^ Bilgin Ayata, "Critical Interventions: Kurdish Intellectuals Confronting the Armenian Genocide", Armenian Weekly, 29 April 2009.
  5. ^ 4 Quesions regarding Turkey and the Armenian Genocide

Coordinates: 39°56′12″N 44°04′46″E / 39.9368°N 44.0795°E / 39.9368; 44.0795