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
February 9, 2010
Thank you to everyone who recommended that I read Turkish scholar Taner Akcam’s historical analysis of the Armenian Genocide, A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility. Mr. Akcam’s book is a significant contribution to the field of Holocaust and Genocide studies. Thank you, Mr. Akcam, for your research and for speaking out.
If you want to gain insight into the events that led up to the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Turks, I hope you will read A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility.
Here is a link to the book review that ran in the New York Times:
Turkey’s Killing Fields
New York Times | December 17, 2006
(P.S.: If you want to own the book, I’ve included a link to A Shameful Act, which is located under the Resource Links in the right column.)
November 19, 2009
I came across Book of Reflections–A Celebration of Life online through the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU). It is a beautiful publication of the AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School. It is my hope that Armenians follow this model as a means to continue our family, community and worldwide dialogues about our history as a people.
Please click the link to view the electronic file. (It’s worth the wait for your computer to open the PDF document). It is truly inspiring!
Book of Reflections–A Celebration of Life