Anzacs witnessed the Armenian genocide – that shouldn’t be forgotten in our mythologising

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We have a chance to build a more honest and genuine tradition

  • James Robins
  • The Guardians

”It is universally admitted,” the great psychologist Sigmund Freud wrote as the 19th century turned to the 20th, “that in the origins of the traditions and folklore of a people, care must be taken to eliminate from the memory such a motive as would be painful to the national feeling.”

In Australia and New Zealand, the most popular tradition of all is Anzac Day, perhaps the last truly unifying moment of national pride.

Anzac Day has its own folklore, and that folklore has penetrated so deep that any…

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