New Book on The Armenian Genocide published in Norway
New Book on The Armenian Genocide published in Norway –
Jahn Otto Johansen
Apostolic Leaders – A new book on the Armenian Genocide by the reknown Norwegian International Correspondent, author, and professor of media at Oslo University, Jahn Otto Johansen (81), was launched on Thursday by the national PEN Club of Norway.
The event was held at “Fritt Ord” in Oslo, under the Pen Club, with Armenia’s Ambassador as an honorary guest.
The President of Norwegian Pen Club. William Nygaard, hosted the booklaunch event. Mr. Nygaard is the former CEO of Norway´s largest Publishing House, Aschehoug. He is known especially for the near-fatal murder attempt against him in 1993 because he had published Salman Rushdie´s book, “Satanic Verses”.
Presuably because of fear of irritating the international diplomatic community, not a single major book publisher in Norway would publish Jahn Otto Johansen´s new book, but the Pen Club, supported by Fritt Ord, financed the project in full.
Jahn Otto Johansen said: “My book isn’t directed against the Turks, although President Erdogan aggressively denies the Armenian Genocide!”
Several respected respondents gave their reflections on the book and the Armenian Genocide in light of the 100th year commemoration on April 24th, 2015.
Among them was reknown historian Bård Larsen who stated: “The Armenian Genocide was primarily a psychological reaction against the Turkish identity crisis after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire”.