David Montgomery: Defending Historians' Academic Freedom in Our Own Times
On April 22, 2006 Mr. Montgomery appeared on the panel, "Defending Historians' Academic Freedom in Our Own Times," at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians (OAH). He was president of the OAH in 1999-2000. HNN recorded his remarks, which are excerpted here. (Warning: The sound quality is uneven.)
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julia T erdman - 4/24/2006
This an extremely important issue. I have been following the so called Armenian Genocide debates and was appalled to find out the historians who do not support the genocide claim are under exterem pressure to the point that one was forced to leave UCLA under pressure and threats from a Mr Hovannasian who himself claims to be a historian at UCLA! Mr Shaw's house was burned and his children were threatened beacuse he was onf the opinion that there was no eveidence supporting the claim of genocide, but ethnic strife in the middle of WW I, where many more nn-Armenians died at the same time in the same region!
When we teach our children to hate, we basically kill their future!
History should not be re-written under political and physical threats! That is a very dangerous thing. We should strive to give our children accurate picture of the social, political and economic picture of the situation, not just one sided stories.
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