Congress is reconvening Wed – Vote for HR 252, Armenian Genocide Resolution, possible

If you do not follow the politics concerning the United States Government’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide, you may not realize the news reported by Asbarez is a significant development (see link below). Despite threats from Turkey, President Obama is not actively pressuring Congress to dismiss the resolution. Past administrations have buckled to Turkey’s demands for political purposes, for decades. However, when President Obama was a senator, he made his views clear that he knows a genocide was committed by the Turkish Government at the beginning of the 20th century.

When you begin to learn about the history surrounding the Armenian Genocide, the eyewitness accounts and records locked in the government archives of the United States, France, and Germany, offer overwhelming evidence that genocide was committed by Turkey. Non-Armenian government diplomats, missionaries, doctors, and nurses, are among the individuals who recorded what they witnessed in letters, cables (telegraphs), photographs, and memoirs. The New York Times, National Geographic and other periodicals of the time also documented what journalists saw happening in Turkey.

Armenians all over the world can tell you some of what their grandparents and great grandparents told them. But, like my grandfather, most of what happened to the survivors remained burned into their memories and souls without ever being fully shared with anyone. Tonight, Armenians across America have hope that tomorrow the few remaining Armenian Genocide survivors may live to know that our government finally publicly will recognize the Armenian Genocide. Please read some of the other pages on this blog to learn more.

White House Indifferent on Genocide Resolution | December 21, 2010

The following outstanding documentary and books are highly recommended:

  • ‘Aghet: Armenian Genocide‘ an award-winning documentary by Germany’s ARD Television and Eric Friedler
  • ‘A Shameful Act’, one of the definitive books about the Armenian Genocide written by Turkish scholar Taner Akcam
  • ‘Armenian Golgotha’ by Grigoris Balakian, an Armenian priest’s devastating eyewitness account of the Armenian Genocide
  • Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story‘ by Henry I. Morgenthau, the American Ambassador at Constantinople from 1913-1916
  • If you haven’t called your Congressional representative and the House Majority Leader, it will take you less than one minute to make these calls. All you need to know is your zip code: MAKE THE CALL TO VOTE YES FOR HOUSE RESOLUTION 252

    Read the full text of House Resolution 252

    2 Responses to Congress is reconvening Wed – Vote for HR 252, Armenian Genocide Resolution, possible

    1. sylvia ambaruch says:

      Please let me know what the outcome was for this resolution. Did it pass? We were discussing the Armenian genocide in a university class today and I thought it had passed because Pres. Obama was not going to knuckle under to demands from the Turks.

      Thank you for this information. Also, are the Armenians being resettled in the lands there were forced to vacate in 1915?

      • auntsherisays says:

        It was not brought to the floor for a vote on the last day of the last session of Congress in 2010. Before becoming president, Senator Obama stated his personal conviction that the events that took place in 1915 was a genocide, but as president he has not yet used the word. He has only used ephemisms. Unfortunately, the tragedy of the Armenian Genocide has become highly politicized and Turkey continues to use it as a lever in its diplomatic dealings.

        I am not sure what you are referring to when you ask about the Armenians being resettled in the lands they were forced to vacate in 1915. The Kurds and other non-Turkish Muslims (primarily from the Balkans) were resettled on those lands back at that time, in order to rid Turkey of its non-Muslim population. Turkey continues to deny Armenians restitution and makes it very difficult for people (relatives, academics, human rights groups) to find answers concerning the land and property taken from the Armenians.

        If you have more questions, please be sure to write again. Good luck with your assignment.

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