The Armenian Genocide, also known as Medz Yeghern, is among the most tragic events of the last century.
By Jonathan Lambert
Published April 28, 2014
Thursday April 24, 2014 was the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Requiem masses were held in churches across Armenia and thousands of people attended a hilltop genocide memorial above Yerevan, reported The Guardian.
The Armenian Genocide, also known as Medz Yeghern, is among the most tragic events of the last century. From 1915 to 1923, an estimated two million Armenian people were forcibly removed from their ancestral homeland by the Ottoman Empire. Approximately 1.5 million of them were brutally slaughtered.
April 24 is marked as the start of the Armenian Genocide because on this date in 1915, Ottoman Empire authorities called for the arrest of 250 Armenian intellectuals, poets and community leaders in Constantinople. What followed is comparable to the Jewish holocaust executed by the Nazis during WWII.
At the turn of the twentieth century, many Armenian men from the Keghi region worked in growing southern Ontario industrial towns, such as Hamilton.
Children of Armenia
In Children of Armenia (Simon and Schuster, 2009), Michael Bobelian draws from his background as a lawyer and journalist in order to address the Armenian Genocide and struggles for justice. He examines why the events of the Armenian Genocide occurred and why promises for justice fell through.
Furthermore, he investigates why Armenians still struggle for justice, how the Turkish government could succeed in denying the genocide, how the US government could support Turkey's cover-up, and what consequences follow the obstruction of justice.
Results of Children of Armenia are twofold: an impressive lesson on the need for recognition, and a moving story about a people enduring a forgotten genocide and a century-long struggle for justice.
Bobelian's prologue begins with a quotation by Milan Kundera: "The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting."
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