As part of my research into the events occurring in Turkey before, during, and after the Armenian Genocide, I’ve spent the past week reading the books listed below. Each book offers detailed eyewitness testimonies and reliable documentation of the genocide committed by the Ottoman Turkish government. These books are excellent sources for students of Genocide Studies. (If the leaders of all nations who still do not wish to insult Turkey would read each of these books, they would realize it is more important to stop current and future genocides than to send a message that our governments will continue to look the other way.)
The accounts provided in each book are extremely painful and gruesome. But, just as every Jew understands the importance of Never Again and Never Forget, it is incumbent upon every Armenian to learn this history. We, too, must remember and honor the memory of every Armenian who suffered in one of mankind’s darkest hours and do whatever we can to aid the victims of current-day genocides.
- Caravans to Oblivion: The Armenian Genocide 1915, by G.S. Graber
- The Slaughterhouse Province: An American Diplomat’s Report on the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1917, by Leslie A. Davis, Edited by Susan K. Blair
- “Turkish Atrocities” Statements of American Missionaries on the Destruction of Christian Communities in Ottoman Turkey, 1915-1917, compiled by James L. Barton
- The Knock at the Door: A Journey Through the Darkness of the Armenian Genocide, by Margaret Ajemian Ahnert (see my review of this book in my blog post dated January 11, 2010.)
Since genocide often includes cultural genocide, Armenians and non-Armenians will also benefit from reading:
- Armenia: A Journey Through History, by Arra S. Avakian (Dr. Avakian offers a very good overview of Armenia, Armenian History and the Armenian people, culture and more.)