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 website:

Watch the documentary:

Learn more about the film:

.Please share this post with as many people as you believe will find ‘Aghet – A Genocide’ of interest. Thank you.

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

    Screenings of Aghet: A Genocide in the US – December 2010

    December 8, 2010

    Eric Friedler’s ‘Aghet: A Genocide‘ is brilliant. Last night, I was one of the fortunate few able to see the film at Columbia University.  The documentary is being screened at select universities in the northeastern and mid-western United States (e.g. Harvard, University of Michigan).

    Please share this post with everyone you know who may live in NJ, Boston, Philadelphia, Dearborn, and Skokie (IL). Each screening is just one night through December 12, 2010. (Click this link to the Armenian Weekly for the Aghet screening schedule).

    More about German Armenian Genocide documentary Aghet

    April 22, 2010

    Film on Armenian Genocide wins praise in Germany, outrages the Turks | April 22, 2010

    (Read more about the documentary and get links to YouTube: Watch Aghet)

    Germany’s ARD documentary ‘Aghet’ about the Armenian Genocide on YouTube

    April 17, 2010

    On April 9, 2010, ARD, a major television network in Germany, broadcast a 90-minute documentary about the Armenian Genocide. ‘Aghet’ features prominent German actors depicting the roles of the non-Armenian witnesses of the Genocide (e.g. diplomats, medical and military personnel) reciting memoirs of the events in Anatolia during 1915-1916. The documentary is presented in German.

    A reader forwarded video links uploaded to YouTube on the Internet:

    (Please Note:  I’m not sure how long these links will work. Part 10 has already been removed due to copyright claims.)

    New link [This link works as of March 15, 2011]

    Germany’s ARD television airing “Aghet” (Catastrophe) Armenian Genocide Documentary

    April 8, 2010

    “This Friday, to mark the 95th anniversary of the genocide, Germany’s ARD television network will air the elaborately researched documentary ‘Aghet‘ (Armenian for ‘Catastrophe’), which brings the words of diplomats, engineers and missionaries to life”:

    Demons of the Past: The Armenian Genocide and the Turks
    Der Spiegel (Spiegel Online International) | April 8, 2010

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