This is in response to a letter written by Larry Glenn on Jan.
Larry writes, “If the Armenians want a memorial to commemorate the
Armenian Genocide, let them buy some land and build it. Jews built a
memorial in West Los Angeles to commemorate the Holocaust, and Armenians
have every right to do the same here in Glendale. It should not be done
with any taxpayer dollars and not on public property.”
On the mall in Washington, D.C., near the great museums and monuments
to America’s founders and heroes, the largest and costliest Holocaust
museum was opened in April 1992. Although construction costs were covered
by donations, the museum was built on federal government land by the
United States Holocaust Memorial council, a taxpayer-funded federal
government agency. The taxpayer bill for the Holocaust Museum between
1993 and 2000 amounted to more than $110 million.
The United States is a country that prides itself on equality. If it’s
OK to use taxpayer funding to build a Holocaust Museum, then Armenians
also have “every right” to use taxpayer funding to build a genocide