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Another Example of Intolerance... 03/26/2003
Another Example of Intolerance by the Museum of Tolerance

The Los Angeles Times recently disclosed that the Museum of Tolerance in Los
Angeles has eliminated an exhibit dedicated to the Armenian Genocide and
stopped showing to visitors a documentary that described the extermination
of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks. The museum officials gave the lame excuse
that they had simply rearranged that particular exhibit and had replaced the
documentary.

One of our readers just brought to our attention another piece of evidence
indicating the great lengths that the Museum of Tolerance officials have
gone to ensure that neither the museum nor its web site contain any
reference whatsoever to the Armenian Genocide!
The web site of the Museum of Tolerance
(http://motlc.wiesenthal.com/text/x00/xr0080.html) includes a brief
reference to the German author Armin T. Wegner who was placed in a
concentration camp for five years for having written a letter to Hitler
asking him to spare the Jews. The museum's web site indicates that the
source of this information was the Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem.
A quick check of Yad Vashem's web site
http://www.yad-vashem.org.il/righteous/bycountry/germany/wegner_armin_t.html
, however, reveals that the Museum of Tolerance has deleted Yad Vashem's
reference to the Armenian Genocide which was witnessed by Wegner who had
taken a large number of photos of the Turkish atrocities while serving with
the German army in 1915-16.

The Yad Vashem web site includes the following important information which
is left out of the web site of the Museum of Tolerance: "The history of the
twentieth century provided Wegner with plenty of opportunity to speak out
against evil and injustice. On the road to Baghdad in the spring of 1915,
serving as an ensign on the staff of German Fieldmarshal von der Golz, he
could observe first hand some of the worst atrocities perpetrated by the
Turkish army against the Armenian people. The horrendous scenes of dead and
emaciated people that he had witnessed in the Armenian refugee camps -
visible proof of the first systematic genocide of the twentieth century -
continued to haunt him long after. He protested against them in his Road of
No Return: a Martyrdom in Letters and in an open letter, which was submitted
to American President Woodrow Wilson at the peace conference of 1919."

The museum officials would probably justify their removal of the above
paragraph by claiming that they condensed the information on Wegner.
Nevertheless, if they wanted to, they could have provided a passing
reference to Wegner's personal experiences with the Armenian Genocide which
would have explained his sensitivity and outrage at the crimes subsequently
committed by the Nazis against the Jews!

Armenian Americans are still waiting for the Museum of Tolerance officials
to do the right thing by reinstating all references to the Armenian Genocide
in the museum as well as on its web site.

The California Courier
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