More irrefutable Armenian Genocide evidence comes to light via Germany’s archives

July 31, 2012

Noted Turkish scholar Taner Akcam has said that the government archives of the US, Great Britain, France, and Germany, as well as Turkey, contain a wealth of Armenian Genocide documentation. (The Armenian Church also has extensive records in Yerevan and Jerusalem, but the Church’s archives are not open.)

A new window into the German archives has opened with the publication of “Alman Belgeleri: Ermeni Soykirimi 1915-1916 (German Documents: Armenian Genocide 1915-1916). This 1,000-page book is printed in Turkish. Issued on January 12, 2012 by Belge Publishing House – whose owner Ragip Zarakolu has been imprisoned and put on trial for speaking out on behalf of the Kurds and Armenians in Turkey – the book contains translations “into an extremely comprehensible and beautiful Turkish” of documents from the German Foreign Ministry archives during the First World War. First published in German in 2005, Wolfgang Gust, “the famous German journalist and writer,” put it together.

Read more in the Armenian Reporter here:

German archive material raises stir in Turkey
Armenian Reporter | July 31, 2012

Hidden Armenians in Turkey

August 11, 2011

I found this article about Kemal Yalcin and his book, You Rejoice My Heart while searching on Google for something else:

Author chronicles the hidden story of Turkey’s Armenian remnants
Armenian Reporter | March 22, 2008

(Google Crypto Armenians to learn more.)


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

December 21, 2010

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

    Armenian Genocide Reparations, Restitution and Good Over Evil

    December 11, 2010

    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.

    What do you know about the Georgetown Boys who survived the Armenian Genocide?

    June 22, 2010

    Here is some history about the orphaned boys, and some girls, who were fortunate enough to be brought to Canada when Canadians read the news about the massacres being committed by the Ottoman Turks 95 years ago in Turkey:

    Georgetown Boys Farmhouse: Latest Addition to Halton Hills Historic Landscape
    Marketwire | June 22, 2010

    More about The Georgetown Boys in Armeniapedia

    Aram’s Choice
    by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
    (A highly acclaimed book about the Georgetown Boys and the Armenian Genocide suitable for children.)

    We owe Turkish scholar Taner Akcam our deepest gratitude for his Armenian Genocide fact-finding

    June 3, 2010

    Taner Akcam’s book, A Shameful Act, is a brilliant and scholarly presentation of the facts related to the Armenian Genocide. A Shameful Act is based on Akcam’s extensive research of Ottoman and German archival sources. (The Resources Links box in the right margin of this Home Page provides a link for finding a copy of A Shameful Act.)

    Watch a video of Taner Akcam discussing A Shameful Act, as originally broadcast on C-SPAN2 Book TV.

    Related News

    Akcam: What Davutoglu Fails to Understand
    The Armenian Weekly | May 19, 2010

    The Turkish version of this OpEd appeared in Taraf on May 11, 2010.

    Antonia Arslan’s ‘Skylark Farm’ portrays an Armenian family’s journey through genocide

    June 1, 2010

    Tonight as I committed to finishing Italian-Armenian Antonia Arslan’s book, Skylark Farm, the concert on the radio was Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan’s recital at the Frick (in New York City). I listened to the sublime music over the airwaves in the comfort and safety of my home while reading about the savagery committed upon the Armenians in Ottoman Turkey during the Armenian Genocide. Ms. Arslan’s book is powerful and painful. It is another narrative, no-doubt based on the real-life harrowing experiences, of the Armenians who lived 95 years ago.

    And, finally, here is some information about Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan:

    Nareh Arghamanyan—Concerts from The Frick Collection
    WQXR | May 31, 2010

    New reading ‘Deep Mountain: Across the Turkish-Armenian Divide’

    May 28, 2010

    Kudos to Taleen Babayan for an eye- and heart-opening interview with author Ece Temelkuran, discussing Armenian and Turkish relations and Mr. Temelkuran’s book, Deep Mountain: Across the Turkish-Armenian Divide.

    Read the article on the Zohrab Center’s blog:

    Interview with Ece Temelkuran, author of “Deep Mountain” | May 28, 2010

    Include your Armenian Genocide family stories in the US Congressional Record

    May 17, 2010

    Take Action:

    If you have a family member who can tell the story of a mother or father (or any relative) who was a victim of the Ottoman Turks during the Armenian Genocide, please help them share their testimony in the US Congressional Record. Read and share the following newspaper article with your Armenian family and friends:

    Rep. Schiff launches Armenian genocide Congressional Record Campaign
    Whittier Daily News | May 15, 2010

    [Email your family’s stories and memories of the Armenian genocide to Mary Hovagimian at Ms. Hovagimian is a member of Representative Adam Schiff’s Pasadena (California) office staff. Rep. Schiff is working to bring H.R. 252 to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs.]


    This weekend, I read David Kherdian’s award-winning book about his mother, Veron Dumehjian Kherdian. The book, The Road From Home: A True Story of Courage, Survival and Hope, is beautifully written and very inspirational. It gives us a window into Armenian life before, during and after the Armenian Genocide. I highly recommend it. (I’ve provided a link to the book on, but you may be able to find it in your library. It’s available as an audio book and for Kindle, too.

    • ISBN-10: 068814425X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0688144258

    Turks are Reading New Book About Historic Turkish Courts-Martial for Armenian Genocide Crimes

    April 7, 2010

    Dadrian-Akçam Book on the Turkish Courts-Martial Now in its Third Edition
    The Armenian Weekly | April 6, 2010

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