Ninth Circuit Court Rules California Law on Armenian Genocide-Era Claims Constitutional
Armenian Weekly | December 10, 2010
Related Historical Fact From the Armenian Genocide:
One of the most shocking testimonies about Talaat Pasha, one of the masterminds and perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide, was related by U.S. Ambassador Henry Morgenthau:
One day Talaat made what was perhaps the most astonishing request I had ever heard. The New York Life Insurance Company and the Equitable Life of New York had for years done considerable business among the Armenians. The extent to which this people insured their lives was merely another indication of their thrifty habits.
“I wish,” Talaat now said, “that you would get the American life insurance companies to send us a complete list of their Armenian policy holders. They are practically all dead now and have left no heirs to collect the money. It of course all escheats to the State. The Government is the beneficiary now. Will you do so?”
This was almost too much, and I lost my temper.
“You will get no such list from me,” I said, and I got up and left him.
The original book, Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story, is out-of-print. But, you can read it online here:
We owe our gratitude to Ambassador Morgenthau for his extensive testimony and communications beseeching the U.S. to intervene on behalf of the Armenians.
© Sheri Jordan and Aunt Sheri Says, 2009-2010.