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Remembering the Armenian Genocide – 102 years later

William Saroyan - Armenian Genocide

William Saroyan – Armenian Genocide


Today, April 24th, is a day of remembrance for the lives lost during the Armenian Genocide, which took place beginning April 24, 1915. We are now 102 years from the original atrocities that took place. Over 1.5 million Armenians were murdered between 1915-1918 – approximately 75-80% of the Armenian population of the world at that time. Thankfully, the attempts by the young turks of the Ottoman Empire to eradicate the Armenians was not successful. Currently the Armenian Diaspora includes over 9 million people throughout the world.
Please take a moment now to remember those lost in the Armenian Genocide…

The Armenian Genocide is still denied by Turkey, but over 25 countries and 45 US states have officially recognized and remembered the Armenian Genocide. If you have never heard of the Armenian Genocide before, please take a few minutes to browse through my posts below which outline some facts of the event and my great grandmothers account of the atrocities, as she was a survivor.

Part 1 – The Armenian Genocide
Part 2 – What Transpired
Part 3 – Recognition of the Armenian Genocide
Part 4 – A Survivor’s Account of the Armenian Genocide – My Great Grandmother.

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

Thank you for taking a moment to remember.

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Remembering the Armenian Genocide – 101 Years of Denial

Armenian Genocide Rememberance

Remembering the Armenian Genocide


Yesterday, April 24th, is a day of remembrance for the lives lost during the Armenian Genocide, which took place beginning April 24, 1915. We are now 101 years from the original atrocities that took place. Over 1.5 million Armenians were murdered between 1915-1918 – approximately 75-80% of the Armenian population of the world at that time. Thankfully, the attempts by the young turks of the Ottoman Empire to eradicate the Armenians was not successful. Currently the Armenian Diaspora includes over 9 million people throughout the world.
Please take a moment now to remember those lost in the Armenian Genocide…

If you have never heard of the Armenian Genocide before, please take a few minutes to browse through my posts below which outline some facts of the event and my great grandmothers account of the atrocities, as she was a survivor.

Part 1 – The Armenian Genocide
Part 2 – What Transpired
Part 3 – Recognition of the Armenian Genocide
Part 4 – A Survivor’s Account of the Armenian Genocide – My Great Grandmother.

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

Thank you for taking a moment to remember.

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Remembering the Armenian Genocide – 100 years of denial

Armenian Genocide Centennial

Armenian Genocide Centennial


Today, April 24th, is a day of remembrance for the lives lost during the Armenian Genocide, which took place beginning April 24, 1915. We are now 100 years from the original atrocities that took place. Over 1.5 million Armenians were murdered between 1915-1918 – approximately 75-80% of the Armenian population of the world at that time. Thankfully, the attempts by the young turks of the Ottoman Empire to eradicate the Armenians was not successful. Currently the Armenian Diaspora includes over 9 million people throughout the world.
Please take a moment now to remember those lost in the Armenian Genocide…

If you have never heard of the Armenian Genocide before, please take a few minutes to browse through my posts below which outline some facts of the event and my great grandmothers account of the atrocities, as she was a survivor. Previously, I wrote a series of posts on the topic, including the account of the genocide by my great grandmother, that you can see here:

Part 1 – The Armenian Genocide
Part 2 – What Transpired
Part 3 – Recognition of the Armenian Genocide
Part 4 – A Survivor’s Account of the Armenian Genocide – My Great Grandmother.

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

Thank you for taking a moment to remember.

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Remembering the Armenian Genocide – 99 Years of Denial

Armenian Genocide - 99 years of denial and remembrance

Armenian Genocide – 99 years of denial and remembrance


Today, April 24th, is a day of remembrance for the lives lost during the Armenian Genocide, which took place beginning April 24, 1915. We are now 99 years from the original atrocities that took place. Over 1.5 million Armenians were murdered between 1915-1918 – approximately 75-80% of the Armenian population of the world at that time. Thankfully, the attempts by the young turks of the Ottoman Empire to eradicate the Armenians was not successful. Currently the Armenian Diaspora includes 9 million people throughout the world.
Please take a moment now to remember those lost in the Armenian Genocide…

Previously, I wrote a series of posts on the topic, including the account of the genocide by my great grandmother, that you can see here:

Part 1 – The Armenian Genocide
Part 2 – What Transpired
Part 3 – Recognition of the Armenian Genocide
Part 4 – A Survivor’s Account of the Armenian Genocide – My Great Grandmother.

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

Thank you for taking a moment to remember.

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Remembering the Armenian Genocide

Today, April 24th, is 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:

Part 1 – The Armenian Genocide
Part 2 – What Transpired
Part 3 – Recognition of the Armenian Genocide
Part 4 – A Survivor’s Account of the Armenian Genocide – My Great Grandmother.

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

Thank you for taking a moment to remember.

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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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The Armenian Genocide – What Transpired

Though Recognition of the Armenian Genocide is discussed and debated around this time of year, what actually transpired during the Armenian Genocide is not always explained.  In my second blog post in the Armenian Genocide series I want to outline the events as they occured and provide a few links for those who want further information.

April 24, 1915 marks what is generally regarded as the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.  On this day Ottoman authorities arrested the Armenian intellectuals and community leaders, theorizing that without these individuals it would be easier to terminate the rest of the Armenian population.  Following this date Ottoman authorities removed the males from the cities and villages either by masking their removal as a “military draft” or by removing them by force.  The Armenian villages and cities were also asked to give up all of their weapons to donate them to the war effort.  After the Armenians were left weaponless and without a considerable portion of their male population, the women and children were told they were going to be relocated for their own safety.  At this point Ottoman military went to areas inhabited by Armenians, attacking, raping, and murdering inhabitants before forcing the rest to be uprooted from their homes with few or no belongings.  Next, these Armenians were forced to march hundreds of miles with no food or water into the deserts of what is now Syria.  Those who managed to survive these marches were either left to die in the desert or forced into underground caves where they were burned (similar to how people were forced into gas chambers during the holocaust).  These actions by the Ottoman empire took place over a number of years (1915-1918).  Those that survived either escaped from their villages initially, escaped during the marches, or were helped by Arabs or those called “good Turks,” who took Armenians into hiding to protect them. In total there were nearly 1.5 million Armenians murdered during the Genocide.

The series of posts on the Armenian Genocide:

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The Armenian Genocide

April 24th is the day Armenians around the world have set aside to remember the Armenian Genocide of 1915.  April 24, 1915 marked the beginning of a large scale Genocide carried out by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians.

My great grandmother was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide and before her death was able to share the story of her experiences with my family and myself.

In the next few days, leading up to April 24th, I will be posting information and a variety of links about the Armenian Genocide, survivor accounts, and photo collections.

Here is a great article outlining the Armenian Genocide and events within it.

And an article from the NY Times in 1922 giving accounts of the Genocide and dispelling the stories put out by the Turkish Government.

The series of posts on the Armenian Genocide:

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April 24, 2006

Today is April 24, 2006. 91 years since the Armenian Genocide, when the Turkish government tried to do away with the Armenian race.

Please take a moment to remember all those Armenians who lost their lives during this terrible Genocide.

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