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The Genocide of Armenians during WWI

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: April 9, 2015, 19:00 – 21:00

This year marks 100 years since the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. Considering the roots of the genocide, its denial and reflections on it will be Armenian Studies experts Haig Utidjian and Milada Kiliánová from Charles University’s Faculty of Arts and Šimon Krbec, a lawyer at the Faculty Evangelical Theology of Charles University and the Archaeology of Evil Research Centre. Historian Petr Šulc will chair the discussion.

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Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi

„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “

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Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994

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