2011 96th Annual Armenian Genocide Commemorations

April 13, 2011


Culver City (Sony Pictures)

April 21, 2011 – 3PM
Sony Pictures
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
818-500-1918 (Call for more information)
YouTube Video

Encino – Ferrahian School
Glendale – St. Mary’s Church
Hollywood – R&A Pillbos School

Los Angeles

April 24, 2011 – 4 PM
Turkish Consulate
6300 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Genocide Vigil to Feature Element Band, Zulal and Raffi Semerdjian
Asbarez.com | April 12, 2011


Wright announces Armenian genocide commemoration
StamfordPlus.com | April 13, 2011

New York City:

Armenian Genocide 96th Anniversary Commemoration — Times Square — Sunday, May 1, 2011
ArmenianGenocideBlog.wordpress.com | April 4, 2011

[Please send information about all Armenian Genocide commemorations to the editor via a comment for inclusion in this blog.]

The April 24, 1915 Ottoman Turkish document ordering the Armenian Genocide

March 16, 2011

The first genocide of the 20th Century was perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks. In March 2011, despite all the evidence, the Turkish Government continues its active campaign denying the genocide of 1.5 million Armenian Christians which climaxed in 1915 (see a photo of the original Instruction of the Ministry of the Interior, April 24, 1915). 

The Ottoman Turks’ heinous atrocities were committed to achieve its objectives of ethnic cleansing and the simultaneous creation of a new Muslim middleclass. The elimination of the minority Armenian peoples that exceeded 10 percent of the country’s population in key interior regions (the historic Armenian homeland) was imperative to the Ottoman Turks. This last point was critical when the US and European powers sought to divide the spoils of their victory following World War I. (For a full explanation, read Turkish scholar Taner Akcam’s brilliant book, A Shameful Act). Also, refer to the March 15, 2011 blog post on this site for links to the award-winning 2010 German documentary, Aghet – A Genocide)

See a photo of the original Instruction of the Ministry of the Interior on April 24 document:


The list of Armenian notables deported from Constantinople in 1915 (this event is comparable to Kristallnacht):


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New links for award-winning German documentary, ‘Aghet – A Genocide’

March 15, 2011

‘Aghet – A Genocide’ is one of the most important efforts to document the Armenian Genocide. The following links were sent with a request to please post them to the ArmenianGenocideBlog.wordpress.com website:

Watch the documentary:


Learn more about the film:


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Radio discussion ponders genocide reconciliation without recognition – Turkey and the Armenians

June 9, 2010

Unless you’ve been cut off from the news, you know people all over the world are talking Turkey. There’s even talk of Israel and the US recognizing the Armenian Genocide to ‘punish’ the Turks (rather than recognizing the tragic events in 1915-1923 for the sake of the memories of all who died and suffered, and to take this necessary step to discourage future genocide).

Read Harut Sassounian’s column:

Erdogan Deserves Medal As Fake Friend of Palestinians
Panorama.am | June 6, 2010

Listen to this radio discussion:

Can there be reconciliation without recognition?
Radio Netherlands Worldwide | June 9, 2010

Sargsyan and Sassounian on Armenian Genocide recognition

April 16, 2010

Serzh Sargsyan: There is no alternative to cooperation between Armenian and Turkish people
(Originally published in Der Spiegel)
Panorama.am | April 6, 2010

Roadmap to Nowhere or New Delay Tactic: Genocide Recognition in 2015?
Panorama.am | April 13, 2010

Serzh Sargsyan is President of the Republic of Armenia. Harut Sassounian is the publisher of The California Courier. In the Roadmap to Nowhere or New Delay Tactic article (see above), author Sassounian refers to a Policy Brief issued on April 9, 2010, by Thomas de Waal. Mr. de Waal is a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The brief was presented just before the start of the Washington Summit.

Here is Mr. de Waal’s April 15th opinion piece in Foreign Policy:

Stuck in 1915: How Turkey and Armenia blew their big chance at peace
Foreign Policy | April 15, 2010

Armenian Genocide committed by Ottoman Turks, but genocide denial policy stains Turkey’s current government

March 8, 2010

When my sisters called me from Texas to tell me they’re seeing news reports about the Armenian Genocide of 1915 on television and the Internet, I recognized that the policy of genocide denial will ultimately fail. It’s now only a question of when will Turkey’s leaders wake-up and realize they are keeping the memories of the 1.5 million Armenians their government massacred 95 years ago alive. They are actually succeeding in shining the light on their country’s darkest hours more effectively than Armenians the world over:

Turkey should pause before a mirror
March 8, 2010 | Guardian.co.uk

Leylekian: Armenian Genocide Denial: The Turkish Vietnam
March 5, 2010 | Armenian Weekly

My Uncle Jack was born to Armenian Genocide survivors

January 2, 2010

Today I’ll be visiting my uncle Jack. He is in his late 80’s. He was born in Egypt to parents who lost their families in the Armenian Genocide. He came to the US as an infant, with his parents and my grandfather, on one of the many ships bringing Armenians (and other ethnic Christians who were able to survive and flee from Turkey). First stop Ellis Island. The Ellis Island archives contain oral histories of Armenian Genocide survivors. The passenger manifests of ships arriving at Ellis Island list a disproportionate number of Armenian surnames during the years surrounding the massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks (before, during and after 1915). Since the current Turkish Government denies the Armenian Genocide, why do they think so many Armenians left their homes?

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