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A Case of Jewish Coverage of the Armenian Genocide in the United States: Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, “Champion of any Wronged People”

  • Claire Mouradian
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide book series (PSHG)

Abstract

A few recent monographs have shown an interest in the American attitude towards the Armenian Genocide,2 a mix of humanitarian mobilization in aid of the victims and an inability to stop the extermination despite an early awareness of the ongoing massacres and the indignation of both the general public and the highest State authorities, chief among whom was President Woodrow Wilson.3 When the United States finally entered the First World War in April 1917, it did not declare war on the Ottoman Empire, though the US was among the first to denounce the crimes of the Union and Progress Committee holding power in Istanbul.4 Even for the missionaries, engaged in rescuing the victims and eyewitnesses to the massacres, but also conscious of preserving the future of their work and their presence in Turkey, their priorities did not include the rescue of a population destined for the slaughterhouse.5 Proving the interest of a comparative approach for genocide studies, we can see some similarities with the American attitude towards the Holocaust, especially since we find some of the supporters of the Armenians, such as Henry Morgenthau and Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, continuously alerting the authorities and public opinion to the fate of European Jews during the Second World War.

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American Civil Liberty Union Armenian Genocide Foreign Mission American Committee Jewish Theological Seminary 
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