21 October 2015

3575) Review Essay by Jeremy Salt: A Lawyer's Blundering Foray Into History

Author: Geoffrey Robertson, QC, An Inconvenient Genocide: Who
Now Remembers the Armenians? (London: Biteback Publishing,
2014), 293 pp.

The author of this book is well known, as an international human rights lawyer, as the author of other books and as a television panelist and former moderator of the BBC quiz program ‘Hypotheticals.’ His reputation alone will ensure sales and favorable reviews but this book cannot be regarded as a serious study of the Armenian question, let alone as the historical basis for a legal judgment of any kind.

Mr Robertson’s problems begin with the front cover. ‘Who now remembers the Armenians?’ refers to a statement allegedly made by Hitler on the eve of the invasion of Poland, yet in three versions of the speech admitted as evidence at the Nuremberg tribunal there is no mention of the Armenians. 1 They appear in a version passed around by an American journalist, Louis P. Lochner, who claims to have been given it a week before the invasion of Poland by a confidant of one of Hitler’s enemies . .

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