Armenian Genocide Centennial Media Coverage Worldwide

April 22, 2015

After Pope Francis spoke about the Armenian Genocide during his mass at the Vatican, and Kim Kardashian paid homage to her Armenian ancestors and laid a wreath at the Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, the world started remembering the Armenians and what happened in 1915 in Ottoman Turkey.

Here are some of the news stories from around the world:

The Souls and Stories That Vanished in the Armenian Genocide of 1915 | April 21, 2015

Remembering the Armenian Genocide | April 21, 2015

Photographing Armenian Lives Around the World
Radio Broadcast: Here & Now, | April 21, 2015

After the Armenian Genocide, a Group of Survivors Transform into Assassins
Radio Broadcast: The Leonard Lopate Show, | April 21, 2015

Jews and the Armenian Genocide
The 100th anniversary is the time for Israel to rethink the moral concession it has made by abetting Turkish denial | April 20, 2015

The Kardashian factor and the G-word
A PR battle rages between Turkey and Armenians 100 years after the mass killings | April 19, 2015

Turkey’s Willful Amnesia
Opinion: The Editorial Board | April 17, 2015

How Novel About Armenian Genocide Became Bestseller in Warsaw Ghetto
Jewish Daily Forward ( | April 17, 2015

A Century After Armenian Genocide, Turkey’s Denial Only Deepens | April 16, 2015

When the Pope Calls It Genocide
Radio Broadcast: The Brian Lehrer Show, | April 15, 2015

European Parliament Urges Turkey to Recognize Armenian Genocide | April 15, 2015

Op-Ed On Armenian genocide, go ahead and offend Turkey | April 15, 2015

Armenians and Ottoman Turks | April 15, 2015

Be as brave as Kim Kardashian and the pope, Mr. President: Call the Armenian Genocide a ‘genocide.’ A century after more than 1 million Armenians were killed by the Ottomans, Obama should call this atrocity what it was. | April 14, 2015

Simon Heffer: Kim Kardashian and Pope Francis left Turkey in PR disaster over Armenian genocide
International Business Times ( | April 13, 2015

The Kardashians Show Support for Armenia | April 13, 2015

Pope Angers Turkey by Calling Armenian Genocide a Genocide | April 12, 2015

A New Chapter In The Century-Old Debate Over The Massacre Of Armenians
Radio Broadcast: The Diane Rehm Show, | April 14, 2015

Interview: ‘Turks and Armenians should escape vicious circle of assertion and denial’ | April 13, 2015

Armenians and Turks in the shadow of 1915 | April 9, 2015

April Marks The Centennial Of Armenian Genocide
Radio Broadcast: National Public Radio ( | April 8, 2015

Lessons not learned: The Armenian Genocide
Jerusalem Post ( | April 8, 2015

Vatican Archives Shed Light on Tragedy of Armenian Genocide | March 21, 2015

A Century of Silence
A family survives the Armenian genocide and its long aftermath | January 5, 2015

Antonia Arslan’s ‘Skylark Farm’ portrays an Armenian family’s journey through genocide

June 1, 2010

Tonight as I committed to finishing Italian-Armenian Antonia Arslan’s book, Skylark Farm, the concert on the radio was Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan’s recital at the Frick (in New York City). I listened to the sublime music over the airwaves in the comfort and safety of my home while reading about the savagery committed upon the Armenians in Ottoman Turkey during the Armenian Genocide. Ms. Arslan’s book is powerful and painful. It is another narrative, no-doubt based on the real-life harrowing experiences, of the Armenians who lived 95 years ago.

And, finally, here is some information about Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan:

Nareh Arghamanyan—Concerts from The Frick Collection
WQXR | May 31, 2010

Reflecting upon the deportation and death marches of Armenians in 1915

April 5, 2010

Yesterday, I hiked Bear Mountain in New York State, elevation 1,284 ft (391.4 m). It was a beautiful, sunny, spring day. The temperature was in the 60’s (F). My 15-year-old godson and a good friend joined me for the outing. We packed sandwiches and plenty of water and wore good shoes for climbing rocks and walking on rough, but well-marked trails. The nearly 4-mile climb to the summit and back down took us about 4 hours (with breaks).

I’d remembered first hearing about Bear Mountain from my mom. She told stories of camping there with the Girl Scouts. My friend Rita remembers picnics and family outings at Bear Mountain, as well as many hikes with friends and students. I wanted to share this idyllic experience with my godson and he loved it.

But, throughout the afternoon, I couldn’t help imagining old women and little children being forced to walk for miles every day, in the hot sun and in the freezing winter, barefoot, eventually naked or barely clothed, and starving, until they literally dropped dead. Then, I’d return my thoughts to the three of us enjoying this special day together.

Many of the Armenians who were taken from their homes and towns by the Turkish officials in Ottoman Turkey naively believed they would be able to return home again. How could they have possibly imagined they were on organized death marches orchestrated to depopulate Turkey’s interior of its Armenian Christian population?

How is it that my grandfather who was torn from his mother and sisters, as well as his home and identity in Marash, could come to America (at the same age my godson is now) and find the resources within himself to rebuild his life in New York City? What did he think about when he wasn’t busy working, going to school, building a dental practice and a home for my grandmother and his children? Did he remember all the parts of his story that he left out of his letters to us? Did he ever want to go home again?

My godson is a good boy and he is the light of his mother’s and father’s life. (And mine, too). He loves and adores his parents. They have made a very safe and comfortable world for him. I wish it were possible to know what my grandfather’s life was like before the massacres in Marash. Did he live in fear? Did he know the kind of love and security my godson has received? Did the massacres define my grandfather? Did his mother shape his character? How is it that my grandfather was one of the lucky few who made it out of Turkey alive and managed to thrive once he reached the safe harbor of Ellis Island and Manhattan?

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