Antisemitic Book Presented in Armenia; Jewish Leader Heckled

(February 20, 2002)

On February 9, 2002 in Yerevan, a book entitled “National System” by Romen Yepiskoposyan, printed in Armenian and Russian, was presented at the Union of Writers of Armenia, according to Artak Varzhapetyan, head of international relations at the Jewish Community of Armenia. The author of the book identifies Jews and Turks as the No. 1 enemies of Armenians, writing that:

“In the contemporary world there are two nations that are the carriers of evil of the most concentrated and aggressive type. These are the Jews – the nation-destroyer with a mission of destruction and decomposition, and the Turks – the nation-killer with a mission of devastation and crushing.”

A section in the book entitled “The Greatest Falsification of the 20th Century” denies the Holocaust, claiming that it is a myth created by Zionists to discredit “Arians.”:

“The greatest falsification in human history is the myth of Holocaust. …no one was killed in gas chambers. There were no gas chambers.”

A speaker at the event called for the book to be distributed in schools in order to “develop a national idea and understanding of history.”

The President of the Jewish Community of Armenia—Mrs. Rimma Varzhapetyan—was at the presentation, and when she introduced herself to the audience, many people in attendance shouted that Jews are to blame for the Armenian genocide of 1916 in Turkey and that they are enemies.

Mrs. Varzhapetyan responded that the book is totally absurd and a falsification of historical and contemporary facts. She sharply reminded the audience how many things Jews and especially she herself have done for Armenia—the answer from the audience was that there are some good Jews.

Mr. Varzhapetyan told UCSJ that: “In the beginning of next week we, the Jewish Community of Armenia, are going to meet the President of the Republic of Armenia to ask for a reaction against such actions.”

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