Author of an upbeat new book on Spain’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide

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YEREVAN — A documentary book on the Armenian Genocide has been published in Spain for the first time. Author of the book “Armenian Genocide” (El Genocidio Armenio), Ricardo Ruiz de la Serna, associate lecturer of current world history at the international degrees of the University San Pablo CEU of Madrid, has studied for years the Armenian genocide of 1915 and advocates the Spanish Recognition of the Genocide.

In an interview with ARMENPRESS, Ricardo Ruiz de la Serna said he wrote the book for justice aimed at raising awareness in Spanish society about the Armenian Genocide.

“This book is only a modest contribution to establish the facts and pave the way for a better understanding of the Armenian Genocide among the general Spanish public,” he said.

Ricardo Ruiz de la Serna does not have Armenian roots. He says he became interested in Armenian culture since childhood thanks to his father who loved Armenian music. “After visiting the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in 2012, I decided to focus on the Armenian Genocide and have been reading and researching ever since. After 10 years, it was high time to write something targeting the Spanish audience. I wrote something about my personal progress a few years ago,” he said.

The author says the book is a short history of the Genocide. It covers the road to genocide – the Hamidian massacres, the destruction of Armenians in Cilicia, the ideological and political roots of political violence against Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, how it was perpetrated (legal framework, military and paramilitary units , etc. ) and the different stages of the genocide (mass arrests, deportations, confiscations, death marches in the desert, etc.).

“However, I am also interested in Armenian attempts at resistance and struggle. Sometimes people think that the Armenians remained “silent as a lamb being led to the butcher” and accepted their terrible fate. This was not the case. Wherever they could fight and resist, they did. The most famous example is probably the Armenian resistance in Musa Dagh in July 1915,” he added.

In his book, Ricardo Ruiz de la Serna also spoke about the material destruction and confiscation of property owned by Armenians (homes, churches, businesses) and the unjust laws that made this possible.

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