My Uncle Jack was born to Armenian Genocide survivors

Today I’ll be visiting my uncle Jack. He is in his late 80’s. He was born in Egypt to parents who lost their families in the Armenian Genocide. He came to the US as an infant, with his parents and my grandfather, on one of the many ships bringing Armenians (and other ethnic Christians who were able to survive and flee from Turkey). First stop Ellis Island. The Ellis Island archives contain oral histories of Armenian Genocide survivors. The passenger manifests of ships arriving at Ellis Island list a disproportionate number of Armenian surnames during the years surrounding the massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks (before, during and after 1915). Since the current Turkish Government denies the Armenian Genocide, why do they think so many Armenians left their homes?

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