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 “Battle Over History” story to air on CBS 60 Minutes Sunday February 28th

    February 27, 2010

    [Ed Note (February 28, 2010):  See the program that aired on CBS 60 Minutes here]

    The Diocese of the Armenian Church wishes to alert the public that the long-running CBS news program 60 Minutes will air a segment on the Armenian Genocide during its broadcast of Sunday, February 28, at 7 p.m. (EST). (The scheduling information comes via the official website of CBS News,; please consult your local listings for broadcast times.)

    The segment will feature an interview with Professor Peter Balakian, author of Black Dog of Fate and The Burning Tigris, and co-translator/editor of Armenian Golgotha. Reporting the story is senior correspondent Bob Simon, whose recent 60 Minutes work includes a segment on the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

    A description of the Armenian Genocide segment, posted on the CBS News website, reads:

    “The Armenians call it their holocaust – the 1915 forced deportation and massacre of more than a million Armenians by the Turks. But the Turks and our own government have refused to call it genocide.”

    See the preview

    Balakian to present “Armenian Golgotha” at Museum of Jewish Heritage Dec. 2

    November 25, 2009

    Armenian Reporter | November 24, 2009

    Why does the Armenian Genocide matter now?

    October 3, 2009

    I can only answer this question speaking for myself. I believe we owe it to our grandparents and great grandparents–as well as each and every man, woman and child who died or suffered in the Armenian Genocide–to honor their memory. The way to move forward will come once Turkey acknowledges the actions of its leaders in and around 1915. I know for sure that my great grandmother didn’t die as a casualty of war. As an Armenian woman living in Marash, she was a targeted victim and just one of the 1.5 million Armenians systematically kill in Turkey.

    Read Armenian Golgotha, a brilliant first-person account, by Father Grigoris Balakian. The book is excruciating, but it is also one of the most important books documenting the Armenian Genocide.

    Here are two book reviews:

    Washington Post

    Jerusalem Post

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