Germany

Field study in Germany is yet to be concluded, hereforth are the notes on the general outcomes of the ongoing research.

Two researches traveled to Berlin in June, in order to organize the field study and reach potential interviewees, thus contacted with local Armenian associations. Among the NGO’s contacted are Armenische Jugend Berlin, Armenische Gemeinde Berlin and Armenische Kirche Gemeinde Berlin. Furthermore, additional relations were established with associations such as AKEBI, who has the aim of struggling against Turkish racism and enforcing the confrontation with the Armenian Genocide.

Between 22nd of June and 4th of July, 7 interviews were conducted in Berlin of which 4 was women, another 4 was born in Germany. Also, as a part of dissemination activities, project assistant Öndercan Muti has made a presentation at the conference entitled “Migrants, Refugees and Global Justice: Comparative Perspectives in Societies of Migration” at the Humboldt University on 8th of September 2016. His presentation consisted of the first three field studies of the research, thus Turkey, Armenia and Lebanon. Within the framework of the conference, which hosted scholars from all over the world, the feedbacks and critics concerning the overall project, as well as its introduction to international academic community was achieved.

As for the primary outcomes of the field study, one of the most important developments is the declaration of recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Federal Assembly of Germany on 2nd of June, 2016. Assembly has announced that they recognize the responsibility of German Empire, who was the primary ally of the Ottoman Empire in the First World War, within the massacres of 1915 and beyond, accordingly recognizing the genocide and responsibility of Turkey. The assistant of the project was also present on the demonstration held in front of general assembly on that particular day of recognition. Therefore he had the chance to encounter with young Armenian demonstrators, get in touch with them and pose questions of their points of view, also getting their contact information to further interviews. This particular development also has the potential to change the general framework of the field study, considering that the decision itself constitutes an important milestone for the memory of Armenian youth present in Germany. Hence, questions about this decision should be included to surveys in the second stage of field studies.