More irrefutable Armenian Genocide evidence comes to light via Germany’s archives

July 31, 2012

Noted Turkish scholar Taner Akcam has said that the government archives of the US, Great Britain, France, and Germany, as well as Turkey, contain a wealth of Armenian Genocide documentation. (The Armenian Church also has extensive records in Yerevan and Jerusalem, but the Church’s archives are not open.)

A new window into the German archives has opened with the publication of “Alman Belgeleri: Ermeni Soykirimi 1915-1916 (German Documents: Armenian Genocide 1915-1916). This 1,000-page book is printed in Turkish. Issued on January 12, 2012 by Belge Publishing House – whose owner Ragip Zarakolu has been imprisoned and put on trial for speaking out on behalf of the Kurds and Armenians in Turkey – the book contains translations “into an extremely comprehensible and beautiful Turkish” of documents from the German Foreign Ministry archives during the First World War. First published in German in 2005, Wolfgang Gust, “the famous German journalist and writer,” put it together.

Read more in the Armenian Reporter here:

German archive material raises stir in Turkey
Armenian Reporter | July 31, 2012


Astrid Aghajanian survived the Armenian Genocide

June 14, 2012

When we focus on the number, 1,500,000 massacred in the Armenian Genocide, it is easy to lose sight of the individual lives touched by this man-made tragedy. Learning the stories of individuals is a meaningful way to come to know history.

The UK’s Independent published this powerful obituary which honors the life of Helen Astrid ‘Astghig’ Aghajanian, nee Gaidzakian:

Astrid Aghajanian: Survivor of the Armenian genocide who narrowly escaped death
June 14, 2012 | Independent.co.uk

Helen (Astghig/Astrid) Gaidzakian was born in Albistan, Turkey, March 28, 1913. She survived the deportation and massacre of the Armenians during the Armenian Genocide in Turkey. In 1942, she married Gaspar Aghajanian. The Aghajanians had two daughters. Widowed in 2007, Mrs. Aghajanian died in Gloucester May 11, 2012. Read about her life.


97 years after 1915

April 24, 2012

Every April 24th Armenians around the world answer Hitler’s question, “Who remembers the Armenians?” This day is the anniversary of the rounding up, imprisonment, and eventual deportation and murder of Armenian intellectuals in Turkey in 1915.

Ninety-seven years after 1915, Armenians and non-Armenians, world leaders, governments around the world, and more and more Turkish intellectuals condemn the Turkish Government for its choice to actively deny the Armenian Genocide. The Turkish Government’s immoral genocide denial campaign extends beyond its borders. The Turkish Government’s propaganda has insidiously infiltrated the highest levels of many democratic governments, including the United States.

At least one and one half million Armenians (two-thirds of Armenians) died in the Armenian Genocide. Over six million Jews died in the Holocaust. Many believe Hitler was emboldened to carry out his plan to exterminate the Jews because he was inspired by Turkey’s near success with its systematic destruction of the country’s indigenous Armenian population.

Ninety-seven years after 1915 the world community continues to stand by and monitor genocides (e.g. Rwanda, Darfur). An evil dictator such as Syria’s Assad takes license to kill within his country’s borders because he believes he can get away with his crimes.

In a world in which the Iranian President can deny the Holocaust and incite fanatics to wipe Israel off the map, we must look inward and ask ourselves how we allow this behavior. We must vote out government leaders who enable genocide denial and genocidal regimes. We must mean what we say, when we declare “Never Again”.

This blog is dedicated to the memory of every Armenian victim of the massacres, pogroms, mass deportation and genocide committed by the Turkish government.


April is Genocide Awareness Month

April 19, 2012

April is Genocide Awareness Month.

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) is widely viewed by historians as a major pogrom at the beginning of the Holocaust. The coordinated attacks were carried out on November 9 and 10 1938 in Nazi Germany and parts of Austria. Six million Jewish people were murdered in the Holocaust

The Rwandan Genocide began on April 6, 1994. Over a 100-day period, over 800,000 Rwandans (mostly Tutsis) were murdered.

April 24th is the day Armenians commemorate the Armenian Genocide because the Ottoman Turkish Government rounded up  and imprisoned Armenian intellectuals and leaders on this day in 1915. Most of these men were eventually murdered. One and a half million Armenian people lost their lives during the mass deportations and pogroms conducted as part of the Genocide.


2012 Armenian Genocide Commemoration Events in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Massachusetts

April 8, 2012

April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. The following are a few of the Armenian Genocide Commemorations for 2012 across the US:

APRIL 15, 2012  ‘OUR DAY TO REMEMBER’ — Massachusetts
A memorial tribute to Armenian martyrs featuring the Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston.
Sponsored by the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee of Merrimack Valley.
Begins at 3 p.m. at North Andover High School, 430 Osgood St. Admission: adults, $15; students, $5.
Reception to follow.

APRIL 15, 2012  Commemoration of Armenian Genocide USA — Los Angeles, California 
CA-South Los Angeles, 6:00PM
Organizer: Homenetmen Ararat, 818-480-1651
Admission: Free
Location: homenetment ararat 3347 san fernando rd.

APRIL 16, 2012 Armenian Genocide Recognition Week at the Hammer Museum USA — Los Angeles, California
CA-South Los Angeles
Organizer: Hammer Museum, 310-443-7000
Admission: Free
Location: Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

APRIL 21, 2012 GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION (MERRIMACK) — Massachusetts
The Armenian National Committee (ANC) of Merrimack Valley holds annual flag-raising ceremony and genocide commemoration at
Lowell City Hall.
Gathering at 9:30 a.m. at Merrimack and John Sts. for procession, followed by program and reception.

APRIL 22, 2012 GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION New York City (NYC) — New York
Armenian Genocide Commemoration at Times Square: “Turkey is Guilty of Genocide. Denying the Undeniable is a Crime.”
Begins at 2 p.m. at 43rd St. and Broadway NYC.***
[***CHANGE OF LOCATION: DUE TO RAIN THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT ST VARTAN ARMENIAN CATHEDRAL on 2nd Ave between E. 34th and E. 35th streets]
For free bus transportation to and from Times Square, call the Diocese (212-686-0710), Prelacy (212-689-7810), Sona (New Jersey; 551-427-8763), John (Holy Martyrs; 718-631-2247), Eddy (St. Sarkis; 917-885-9729); Kostan (Sts. Vartanantz; 201-741-9789), Andy (Paramus; 201-368-2791), Very Rev. Fr. Vazken Karayan (Holy Cross; 201-865-2790), Sako (Queens Armenian Center; 516-805-5816), or Tigran (Brooklyn; 347-291-7765). Or visit http://www.knightsofvartan.org, http://april24nyc.com, http://www.armenianradionj.com

APRIL 22, 2012 Requiem Service — San Francisco, California
Join us in a requiem service remembering the 1.5 million lives lost during the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire.
Keynote Speaker: Raffi Momjian from the Genocide Education Project.
Mt. Davidson Cross 39 Dalewood Way, San Francisco CA
Admission: Free 

APRIL 24, 2012 Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide — San Francisco, California
Community gathering and program to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
Cultural program with Stephan Astourian, keynote speaker.
Organized by AGCC (Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee)
Saroyan Hall @ Khatchatourian Center 825 Brotherhood Way
7:30 pm
Admission: Free

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Armenian-Genocide-Commemoration-Committee/249818727461

APRIL 29, 2012 Walkathon 2nd Annual Bay Area Walk Against Genocide San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition — Oakland, California 
The 2nd Annual Bay Area Walk Against Genocide is our way to take part. Hundreds of people walked including genocide survivors, community leaders, students and neighbors for a day of reflection, speeches, advocacy training, and a collective walk around Lake Merritt.
Noon to 4p.m.
Admission: Free
Lake Merritt Grand Avenue and Bellevue Avenue
Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA 
Noon-4pm: Music & Tabling
1-2pm: Program
2-3pm: Walk

http://sfbadc.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1009906

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Armenian Patriarchate sues Turkey for land

March 20, 2012

Most people think the Armenian Genocide was purely about Turks killing Armenians. However, a prime motivator for the killing of 1.5 million Armenians living in Turkey was greed and the redistribution of wealth. The Ottoman Turkish rulers wanted to take possession of the property belonging to  its wealthy Armenian minority. They succeeded.

Throughout the deportation, eyewitness testimonies repeat stories of Turkish officials seeking bribes in the form of gold coins, rugs, jewelry, and so on.

Talaat Pasha (one of the architects of the Armenian Genocide) had the audacity to ask the American Ambassador Henry Morgenthau for the life insurance policies of his victims, because he reasoned the Turkish Government had become the beneficiary of the policies since his victims left no heirs. 

Contrary to common belief, not all killings were perpetrated by chetes (criminal gangs) and Turkish soldiers. Townsfolk throughout Anatolia were promised the homes and belongings of their Armenian neighbors. After they were taught to hate the Armenians for being giavurs or gavoors, which means ‘infidels’ or ‘non-believers’, it was frighteningly easy to whip the people into frenzied kitchen-knife welding mobs capable of murdering their neighbors.

The Turkish government enabled and encouraged the mass looting that took place everywhere the Armenians had once lived. In many instances, Turkey’s governing leaders relocated Kurds and Muslim peoples from the Balkans and other areas to depopulated Armenian communities (immediately following their mass killing and deportation). The Ottoman Turks’ destruction of its Armenian Christian minority created an ‘instant’ Muslim middle class.

Ottoman government archives containing records of land deeds are not accessible to descendants of the Armenian Turkish citizens who were either killed or expelled from their land. One of the obstacles to Turkey’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide is its fear of reparations.

Many of the Armenian churches not destroyed by the Turks were converted to Mosques. Some Armenian churches (including the sacred Aktamar site) are profitable enterprises employed by Turkey as part of its thriving tourism industry.

Even Mount Ararat, the ancestral homeland and pride of the Armenian people, now lies within Turkey’s borders. A few weeks ago, I saw a Turkish tourism advertisement prominently featuring Mount Ararat with a depiction of Noah’s Ark. Of course, there was no mention of the Armenians, believed to be the descendants of Noah’s son, Japheth.

Related News:

Armenian Patriarchate files suit in Turkey for return of property
March 20, 2012 | Public Radio of Armenia (armradio.com)

Ervin Staub to deliver lecture at Armenian Genocide Commemoration
March 20, 2012 | Wickedlocal.com

Mr. Staub is the author of “Overcoming Evil”, a book which describes the origins or influences leading to genocide, violent conflict and terrorism. It identifies principles and practices of prevention, and of reconciliation between groups after violence, or before violence thereby to prevent violence. 

 


Armenian Genocide Archive Project takes Great Leap Forward with Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation

March 14, 2012

USC Gala to Salute Shoah Foundation Institute for Archive Project
The Armenian Weekly | March 14, 2012


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