Outstanding books about the Armenian Genocide for your reading list

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.

  1. Caravans to Oblivion: The Armenian Genocide 1915, by G.S. Graber
  2. The Slaughterhouse Province: An American Diplomat’s Report on the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1917, by Leslie A. Davis, Edited by Susan K. Blair
  3. “Turkish Atrocities” Statements of American Missionaries on the Destruction of Christian Communities in Ottoman Turkey, 1915-1917, compiled by James L. Barton
  4. 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.)
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2 Responses to Outstanding books about the Armenian Genocide for your reading list

  1. Ghazaros says:

    Aunt Sheri: Thank you for this list of essentials. We are already benefiting from your ongoing research by receiving your recommendations. If there are children in the house, readers may wish to seek out these age-appropriate books about the Armenians, the Armenian Genocide, and even in some cases, the pogroms against native Armenians in Karabagh and Baku, Azerbaijan:

    Fiction
    The Hunger by Marsha Skrypuch (Boardwalk Book/ The Dundurn Group)
    Nobody’s Child by Marsha Skrypuch (Boardwalk Book/ The Dundurn Group)
    Aram’s Choice by Marsha Skrypuch (Fitzhenry Whiteside)
    Call Me Aram by Marsha Skrypuch (Fitzhenry Whiteside)
    Daughter of War by Marsha Skrypuch (Fitzhenry Whiteside)

    Non-Fiction
    Genocide narratives:
    Some of Us Survived by Kerop Bedoukian (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
    The Road from Home by David Kherdian (Greenwillow Books)
    Forgotten Fire by Adam Baghdasarian (Laurel Leaf Books)
    An Armenian Family by Keith Elliott Greenberg (Lerner Publication Group)

    Non-Fiction
    Overviews:
    Armenia: A Rugged Land, an Enduring People by Lucine Kasbarian (Dillon Press/ Simon & Schuster)
    Armenia by Martin Hintz (Children’s Press)
    Armenia by Sakina Dhilawala (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books)
    Armenia Then and Now by Lerner Geography Dept (Lerner Publication Group)

    -G. Mazloumian

  2. auntsherisays says:

    Thank you for this valuable information. I am reposting it as a main post, to be sure all readers see this list.

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