U.S. Congres document exposes Dashnaktsutyun's sympathies for Hitler and Holocaust

A historical document exposing Armenia's Dashnaktsutyun party's sympathies for Hitler and Holocaust has been unearthed in the archives of the U.S. Congress. The finding is a result of the research conducted by Azerbaijan’s Los Angeles-based Consulate General.

The Consulate General said that on May 4, 1945, a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan, Congressman Frank Hook, introduced an article on Armenian Dashnaks’ sympathies for Hitler and the Holocaust, as well as their terrorist activities in the U.S. 

The article was included in the Congressional Record and published by the U.S. Government.

The article describes the Dashnaks as a well-organized "revolutionary gang with a long record of terrorist-fascist activity".

Exposing Dashnaks’ sympathies for Nasizm, the article gives a translated quotation from September 17, 1936 issue of their Boston-based newspaper Hairenik, which calls Hitlerism and Fascism as a "gift to mankind," as they "have revitalized and regenerated Germany and Italy."

Highlighting the Armenian Dashnaks’ rampant anti-Semitism, the Congressional record mentions several articles published by their Hairenik newspaper in August 1936 "extolling the Nazi regime, the myth of Aryan culture, and whitewashing Nazi persecution". The Armenian Dashnak newspaper wrote: "Sometimes it is difficult to eradicate these poisonous elements when they have already struck deep root like a chronic disease. And when it becomes necessary for a people to eradicate them in an uncommon method, these attempts and methods are regarded revolutionary."

 The Congressional record also mentions the infamous Armenian Nazi collaborator Garegin Nzhdeh. The document reveals that Nzhdeh sympathized with Hitler’s racial ideas in his speeches.

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