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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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