Sexual harassment in educational institutions remains a pressing issue in many countries, including the USA. The recent scandalous Jerry Sandusky case, which sent shockwaves through the American society, demonstrated how persistent ignoring of the reports about sexual abuse in order to protect the reputation of the university allowed the predator to continue his criminal activity for many years. However, this case is not the first and is just one of the many, and sexual predators operated in university environment for decades. One such example is Vahakn Norayr Dadrian, Director of Genocide Research at a think tank called Zoryan Institute, who has a long history of sexual abuse.
We tried to shed some light on the obscure facts from Dr Dadrian's past. While getting into the details of Dr Dadrian’s biography, we also found weird contradictions in the information he provided about his early years, and we made a parallel research on that subject as well . . .
In summer 1944 he went to Vienna University, where he attended lectures in history, philosophy and psychology at the Philosophical Faculty,8 and returned to Berlin in December 1944 to enrol to a pedagogy class. By the end of war in May 1945 Dadrian left Berlin University, never to return. 9 So it turns out that Dadrian has never studied math, and he did not move to Berlin “at the end of WWII”.
What is surprising is not the fact that Dadrian studied in Germany, which is well known for its quality of education, but the time of his studies. One can only wonder why at the height of the World War II out of all European countries Dadrian chose for his education Germany, which at the time was ruled by Nazis. It is known that the Nazis fired, deported or arrested all Jewish and dissident professors and students from Berlin University, and burned thousands of books from its library. It is also ironic that the future genocide scholar chose for his studies the same Vienna University that on the insistence of Nazis had expelled 2,200 students and teachers (most of them Jewish) and stripped of their academic titles hundreds of graduates, including famous writer Stefan Zweig, after Adolf Hitler annexed Austria in March 1938. 10 One possible explanation of young Dadrian’s choice of educational institutions could be an assumption that he believed in the future of the contemporary German regime.
According to the archives of Zurich University, at the end of 1945 Dadrian enrolled to the Department of Economics at the Faculty of Law of Zurich University, where he studied until the middle of 1947.11 The Department of Economics was a part of the Faculty of Law and Political Science until 1992, when it was split into the separate Faculty of Economics. The archive records of Zurich University contain no information on what subject Dadrian was studying and which lectures he attended, but considering that he was enrolled to the Department of Economics, Dadrian must have followed a course in economics.
Sex offense history
Chicago Daily Tribune; Jan 6, 1955; pg. A2HOLDER OF Ph.D. DEGREE FACING 2 SEX CHARGESVahakn Dadrian, 33, of 5442 Harper av., who received a doctor of philosophy degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago last August, will be arraigned in Felony court today on two sex charges involving a 10 year old boy. Charges are crime against nature and crime against a child.Dadrian, who said he came to this country in 1946 from his native Turkey and was married three months ago, was arrested yesterday in his home by Detective Vito Contino of the Hyde Park police on complaint of the boy's father. Contino said the child told police that Dadrian had persuaded him to go to the Harper av. address after stopping the boy on the street and asking him to carry a package.University officials revealed that Dadrian's degree had been awarded last Aug. 27.
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According to court records, Dadrian bailed himself out of the jail for $5000. 12
To help realize the present value of this amount, it could be mentioned that the amount of $5000 in 1955 is worth $43,638.06 in 2013 according to the calculator of the Federal Reserve Bank.13 The median U.S. family income in 1955 was $4,418. 14
|Matt Capone (left) leaves Chicago's Cook County Jail with his attorney, George Crane.|
There were many wealthy and prominent Armenians in Istanbul, and even now there’s still a large and thriving Armenian community there.
1 V. N. Dadrian to Irving Louis Horowitz, April 24, 1963, Transactions-Horowitz Archive, Pennsylvania State University Libraries, http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/transaction/id/1280↩
2 ‘Back Matter, About the Authors’, Journal of Peace Research 5, no. 4 (1968), http://www.jstor.org/stable/422473. 2
3 ‘Contributors’, Genocide Studies and Prevention 1, no. 2 (September 2006): 225–226, http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/genocide_studies_and_prevention/v001/1.2.contributors.pdf.3
4 ‘Vahakn N. Dadrian. Brief Biography and Bibliography of Published Works’ (Zoryan Institute, July 17, 2009), 4, http://www.zoryaninstitute.org/Announcements/Dadrian%20CV%20July%2017,%202009.pdf. 4
5 Huberta Von Voss, Portraits of Hope: Armenians in the Contemporary World, trans. Alasdair Lean, Berghahn Series (Berghahn Books, 2007), 62, http://books.google.com/books?id=r3vbswx_1TEC.5
6 Alyssa A. Lappen, ‘Armenia’s Tears’, FrontPage Magazine, May 2, 2005, http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=8749.6
7 Dr Winfried Schultze, Head librarian, Universitätsarchiv, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, ‘Re: Diploma’, October 31, 2012, email communication.7
8 Mag. Barbara Bieringer, Archiv der Universität Wien, ‘Wahakn DADRIAN’, November 16, 2012, email communication.8
9 Dr Winfried Schultze, Head librarian, Universitätsarchiv, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, ‘Re: Diploma’.9
10 ‘Memorial Book Dedicated to the Victims of National Socialism at the University of Vienna 1938’, University of Vienna, accessed April 12, 2013, http://gedenkbuch.univie.ac.at/index.php?id=433&L=2; The Associated Press, ‘University of Vienna Honors 2,200 Jews Expelled by Nazis’, Haaretz Daily Newspaper, July 2, 2009, http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/2.209/university-of-vienna-honors-2-200-jews-expelled-by-nazis-1.279264.10
11 Inge Moser, Mitarbeiterin Aktenerschliessung, Universitätsarchiv, Universität Zürich, ‘Re: Diploma’, November 5, 2012, email communication.11
12 People of the State of Illinois v. Vahakn Dadrian, 55CR-129 (Criminal Court of Cook County 1955).12
13 ‘The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’, accessed April 12, 2013, http://www.minneapolisfed.org/.13
14 Youth Indicators, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1996), 44, http://nces.ed.gov/pubs96/96027.pdf14
15 Von Voss, Portraits of Hope: Armenians in the Contemporary World, 62; Lappen, ‘Armenia’s Tears’.15
16 ‘College Enrolls 467; Adds 12 To Staff’, The Washington Elm (Washington College, October 8, 1955), http://www.archive.org/details/washingtonelm195458wash.16
17 ‘Dadrian Resigns; To Continue Study’, The Washington Elm (Washington College, March 3, 1956), http://www.archive.org/details/washingtonelm195458wash.17
18 Dadrian to Horowitz, April 24, 1963.18
19 S.O. Lilienfeld et al., 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions About Human Behavior (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), 38–39, http://books.google.com/books?id=8DlS0gfO_QUC.19
20 ‘Austria, Turkey Natives Hired to Teach at Idaho’, Spokane Daily Chronicle, March 20, 1957, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0FBYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7_YDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7122,4891564&dq.20
21 Julienne Bostic, ‘Geneseo Prof. Suspended in Sexual Harassment Case’, Albany Student Press, March 3, 1981, http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/findaids/issues/1981_03_03.pdf; Edwin Darden, ‘Professor Suspended For Harrassment’, Livingston County Leader (Geneseo NY, February 4, 1981), http://fultonhistory.com/Newspaper%2017/Geneseo%20NY%20Livingston%20Leader/Geneseo%20NY%20Livingston%20Leader%201981/Geneseo%20NY%20Livingston%20Leader%201981%20-%200071.pdf.21
22 Darden, ‘Professor Suspended For Harassment’.22
24 ‘Over 1000 Sign Sex Harassment Petition’, Livingston County Leader (Geneseo NY, March 11, 1981), http://www.fultonhistory.com/Newspaper%2017/Geneseo%20NY%20Livingston%20Leader/Geneseo%20NY%20Livingston%20Leader%201981/Geneseo%20NY%20Livingston%20Leader%201981%20-%200166.pdf; Associated Press, ‘Geneseo Fires Professor For Sexual Harassment’, Albany Times Union, April 25, 1991, sec. Local, http://albarchive.merlinone.net/mweb/wmsql.wm.request?oneimage&imageid=5599449.24
25 ‘Over 1000 Sign Sex Harassment Petition’.25
26 Associated Press, ‘Geneseo Fires Professor For Sexual Harassment’.26
28 Vahakn N. Dadrian v. State University New York/Geneseo, 186 AD2d 1099 (Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, Fourth Department 1992), http://ny.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.19921007_0050968.NY.htm/qx; Vahakn N. Dadrian v. State University New York/Geneseo, 81 NY2d 702 (Court of Appeals of New York 1993), http://ny.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.19930107_0040169.NY.htm/qx.28
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