Lost in Translation: The Monument’s Deconstruction

  • Ayda Erbal
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide book series (PSHG)


The annals of Turkish-Armenian ‘rapprochement’, ‘reconciliation’, ‘initiative’, and ‘dialogue’ marked 8 January 2011 as the day when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the Monument of ‘Humanity’ by Mehmet Aksoy in Kars a freak, protested that it overshadowed a nearby Islamic shrine, and ordered its demolition. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu supported this position on aesthetic grounds:

Kars has an architectural tradition inherited from the Ottomans and the Seljuks. This monument does not reflect … these architectural aesthetics. Works in compliance with the architectural heritage of the region should be constructed.2


Architectural Tradition Architectural Heritage Armenian Genocide Armenian Weekly Turkish Citizen 
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  • Ayda Erbal
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  1. 1.Department of PoliticsNew York UniversityUSA

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