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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The moral courage to call the near extermination of the Armenian people genocide

April 15, 2010

For the past several weeks, I’ve been reading headlines that Turkish diplomats are confidently declaring that Obama will not use the word genocide on April 24th. Why do I continue to be amazed at Turkey’s power to dictate policy and terms of diplomacy to the US administration? Seeing how countries’ leaders can be bought, blackmailed and de-backboned is chilling.

What will it take for our politicians to do the right thing?

And, while I’m on the subject, where are the journalists who still know how to report the facts without relying on press releases supplied by lobbyists?

Join the Armenian Genocide Blog Oral History Project

April 14, 2010

April 24th is near. This month Armenians the world over are honoring the memories of family members who died (or hopefully survived) the genocide committed by the Ottoman Turkish government in the years surrounding 1915.

If you have Skype, call sheri.jordan and record your family’s Armenian Genocide history. Don’t miss this chance to become part of the Armenian Genocide Blog Oral History Project. Your family’s story may be featured on this blog.

It’s simple:

  1. Log onto your Skype account
  2. Call sheri.jordan
  3. After the beep, please say your name and record your family’s Armenian Genocide-related  story
  4. Include details, such as:
        • Names
        • Dates
        • Cities of birth
        • Occupations
        • Stories of survival or death
        • If your family member survived, please describe details of their life

(Note:  By leaving a message, you are giving permission for your recording to be shared on the Internet.)

Tufts University Confronts Genocide April 21st

April 12, 2010

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Roughly equivalent to Kristallnacht, April 24th marks the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Many events are planned to commemorate this important date for Armenians all over the world.

On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at 7:00 PM, Tufts University is hosting:

An Examination of Genocide
Across Generations, Continents and Cultures

Lenna Garibian, the granddaughter of an Armenian Genocide survivor, will join individuals who survived the Holocaust, Cambodian and Rwandan genocides at Tufts University’s upcoming program. Ms. Garibian will share her grandmother’s story at the event. The program also includes a panel discussion among genocide experts.

To RSVP for the event or for more information, please contact Laura Tashjian:

Tufts University
Cabot Auditorium
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts

(Street parking is available on Packard Avenue and Boston Avenue.)

Armenian Genocide documentation project — Thank you for spreading the word

October 30, 2009

This is a very important time. Whether you volunteer as a translator, contributor of your family’s history, refer this website to people who can help this effort–your time and involvement is greatly appreciated.

Please keep passing the word —

Yesterday, I met with a young woman who works with Armenian Genocide survivors. She told me that just since this past April 24 (Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day), 3 more survivors have passed on at the nursing home she visits.

We are in a race against time to preserve the remaining survivor stories and memories of all those loved ones our survivors (and we) lost during the Armenian Genocide, conducted by the Ottoman Turks.

Please send a message using this blog — Enter your message as a comment (click Leave a Comment – see the link below this post). I will keep your information confidential unless you give me permission to share it.)

Thank you!

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