In the Old City of Jerusalem, you know you are in the Armenian Quarter when you see these posters on many of the walls and rusty gates.
I still remember my first visit to Jerusalem in 1992. When I spotted that poster, the term “Armenian genocide” didn’t ring any bell. I stopped to read it and became so interested that I didn’t notice that the group with which I was traveling had already moved on and forgotten about me. Although I was already 16 years old, a bookworm and interested in history, I had never heard of this genocide. Just as I hadn’t yet heard of the genocide against the Herero committed by the German Empire, which wasn’t mentioned a single time during my schooling in Germany.
I am thinking of this as the German Parliament passed a resolution on the genocide against the Armenians, which is an easy thing to do of course if it doesn’t lead to any consequences. But I appreciate anything that prevents forgetting and that keeps the discussion going, including that about Germany’s role.