Were Albanians and Armenians considered Aryans?

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Were Albanians and Armenians considered Aryans?

Post by George L Gregory » 07 Mar 2021 17:52

How did the Nazis view Albanians and Armenians?

I don't recall any mention of them in any of the books I've read which mentioned Nazi racial theories.

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Re: Were Albanians and Armenians considered Aryans?

Post by George L Gregory » 08 Mar 2021 19:17

The sympathy in Germany’s political elite toward Armenians appeared in the 1930s and became stronger in 1933, after the Nazis came to power. Interestingly, Adolf Hitler himself personally showed interest in Armenians. In his speeches, he called the Armenians the people of “Aryan” origin and the special members of this race. Because of that love, the Armenian magazines and newspapers published in 1936 instilled love for Hitler and praised him.

In 1933, Germany’s Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, as well as Alfred Rosenberg stated in their speeches that Armenians were descended from Aryan race. As a logical consequence of these speeches, researcher A.Abeghian was instructed to establish a commission in Germany and study the Armenian anthropology.

Thus, Paul Rohrbach and Artashes Abeghian published a book in 1934 called ‘Armenian-Aryan’ in collaboration with Nazi intellectuals which “strove to prove that Armenians belong to the Aryan race.

After that, dozens of other books promoting Armenian-Nazi cooperation were published.
The ideological basis for cooperation between the Nazis and the Armenians (Dashnaks) began to be launched in the 1930s. First, Goebbels designated the Armenians as “Aryans” in 1933. Alfred Rosenberg, the Reich Minister of the Occupied Eastern Territories who was the head of the Eastern Institute from 1926 to 1936 as well, appointed Artashes Abegyan to form a committee for the study of the anthropology and history of the Armenians. In 1934, Artashes Abegyan and Paul Rohrbach published a book entitled “Aryan Armenians in Cooperation with Nazi Intellectuals”. In this book, it was stated that Armenians and the Armenian language were of Aryan origin. Five months after the establishment of the above-mentioned committee in 1934, Rosenberg presented to Hitler a report stating Armenians were of Aryan descent. Dozens of books have been published about the Armenians in Germany, on their history, race affiliation and on the so-called “Massacre of Armenians in 1915” from that period until the end of the war. “Armenia-Aryan”, the “Olive”, “Historical friendship between Armenians and Germans”, “Aryans look at you”, “Historical role of our volunteers” are some of those books.
Is there any truth in any of that?

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