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The Armenian Genocide

A few days ago, April 24 the same day as Easter this year, was a day of remembrance for the 1.5 million lives lost during the Armenian Genocide, which took place beginning April 24, 1915. Please take a moment to remember…

Previously, I wrote a series of posts on the topic that you can see here:

For additional information on the Armenian Genocide check out these sites:

  • The Armenian National Institute – The Armenian Genocide
  • Armenian Genocide Information and Recognition
  • Thank you for taking a moment to remember.

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    Lies, Damn Lies, and Bruce Fein

    Earlier today, Huffington Post published an article by Bruce Fein titled “Lies, Damn Lies, and Armenian Deaths.” In the article Bruce addresses an argument that the number of deaths during the Armenian Genocide is inaccurate. I wasn’t there and I don’t know anyone who counted the deaths so I can’t tell you if it was 1.4 million or 1.5 million or 1.6 million… What I can tell you is that many many Armenians we’re murdered. Unfortunately, Bruce goes on to say that he believes that None of the deaths which took place during the Armenian Genocide could be considered part of a Genocide.
    He says:

    Further, not a single one of those deaths necessarily falls within the definition of genocide in the authoritative Genocide Convention of 1948. It requires proof that the accused was responsible for the physical destruction of a group in whole or in substantial part specifically because of their race, nationality, religion, or ethnicity.

    Necessarily? Yes. They necessarily fall within the definition of Genocide.

    I wanted to comment on his article and explain to him that my family had first hand knowledge of the motivations behind the genocide, however, the comments are already closed so I will address this here. As I’ve blogged about previously, my family includes survivors of the Genocide. My great grandmothers family was well known and acquainted with members of the Turkish government. When the killings began these government officials acknowledged the killing of Armenians (you know, because of their race, nationality, religion, and ethnicity) but they assured my family that they would be protected. This was a lie. A neighbor heard the same officials discussing that my family was not safe, a few of the family members were able to escape (I use the term escape loosely because though their lives were spared they still suffered a lot). So, Bruce, I think this makes it pretty clear that the deaths were in fact Genocide.

    Quit calling my great grandmother a liar. So much for being a “Scholar.”

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    Why, as an Armenian, I am not offended by the Kim Kardashian Turkish Cosmo Cover

    If you haven’t heard about the controversy, Kim Kardashian was featured on the April cover of the Turkish print of Cosmo magazine. You can read/see more about this here:

    Though I do find it offensive that a Turkish entity is using an Armenian for the purpose of profit (selling magazines in this case), I am not offended by Kim Kardashian being on the cover of the April issue of the Turkish Cosmo. Why? I feel like this is a sign of triumph over the Genocide. 96 years ago on April 24, 1915 the Turkish government tried to wipe out the Armenian people and now here we are on the covers of their magazines. It is almost a tribute to our resilience. Hell, I wish Armenians were on the covers of all Turkish magazines this month.

    If you want to learn more about the Armenian Genocide check out my previous post series talking about it.

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