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Resisting GenocideThe Multiple Forms of Rescue$
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Jacques Semelin, Claire Andrieu, and Sarah Gensburger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199333493

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333493.001.0001

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In Search of “The Righteous People”

In Search of “The Righteous People”

THE CASE OF THE ARMENIAN MASSACRES OF 1915

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(p.33) 2 In Search of “The Righteous People”
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Resisting Genocide
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Fatma Müge Göçek

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333493.003.0003

This chapter examines the construction of the word ‘Righteous’ as part of the title ‘Righteous among the Nations’ that was created in Israel to honor non-Jews who saved Jews by risking their lives. It traces the word's Judeo-Christian heritage and draws on a more philosophical perspective to deconstruct the notion and suggests a redefinition that is more adapted to the aid supplied by Turks to the Armenians during the genocide in 1915. More specifically, it argues that the concept of ‘Righteous’ must be broadened to the notion of ‘just people’ that takes into account the Muslim concept of justice.

Keywords:   non-Jews, Righteous, Righteous among the Nations, Israel, Jews, Turks, Armenians, genocide, just people, justice

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