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French President’s Statement on Armenian Genocide Angers Turkey

ANKARA — The statement of French President Emmanuel Macron on the Armenian Genocide during the annual dinner of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France leads to a new tension in the Turkish-French relations, Sputnik News reports.

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu denounced Macron’s comment as a domestic political move which amounted to little more than “populism.” “What will change if the issue is brought to the agenda or not”, the Turkish FM said, adding that genocide is not a political, but a legal term.

He also criticized Macron’s statement on the military operations of the Turkish armed forces in Syria’s Afrin. “France or any other country cannot give us lessons over Afrin. These Europeans are two-faced. They initially expressed support for Turkey’s campaign in Syria during talks with Ankara, but that they appeared to have changed their stance in public comments”, Cavusoglu said.

Article source: https://massispost.com/2018/02/french-presidents-statement-armenian-genocide-angers-turkey/

President Macron Pledges to Add Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day to French Calendar

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron attended the annual gala dinner of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France, AFP reported.

The dinner was also attended by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Lyon Mayor Georges Képénékian, Members of Parliament, ethnic Armenian lawmaker Patrick Devedjian, as well as the representatives of the Armenian and Jewish communities of France. Istanbul-Armenian Turkish Parliament member Garo Paylan (HDP) was an honorary guest of the gala dinner.

During his remarks President Macron touched upon a number of issues concerning the Armenian community, including the Armenian Genocide and the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

“The fight for justice and recognition is our fight. We carry out this fight by remembering and designating a genocide commemoration day in the Republic’s calendar”, Macron said, adding that a decision on this issue will be adopted in the coming months.

As for the relations with Turkey, the French President said he will try to engage Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a regular dialogue: “Sometimes contrary to media desires”. “I have told him everything. Our result in this sense is the release of a number of journalists. There are a lot of well-grounded doubts over dialogue with Turkey, but in my opinion the results show that the message of France is not addressed in emptiness”, Emmanuel Macron said.

The French President warmly welcomed Garo Paylan, stating that his voice is heard sometimes in an unequal atmosphere, but it is much more important than the loud statements of many others.

Article source: https://massispost.com/2018/01/president-macron-pledges-add-armenian-genocide-commemoration-day-french-calendar/

“Inheriting Genocide: Lessons from Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma” to Be Held at the Museum of Tolerance

LOS ANGELES — A full day symposium featuring academics and service providers focusing on trauma transmission among Holocaust and Armenian Genocide survivors and their descendants will take place at the Museum of Tolerance on February 7, 2018.

The program, entitled “Inheriting Genocide: Lessons from Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma in Holocaust and Armenian Genocide Survivor Populations,” is organized by the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, The Jewish Federation of North America, and the Museum of Tolerance.

Salpi Ghazarian, director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, and Holocaust survivor Lya Frank, will share their personal stories of inheriting genocide and trauma in the day-long program.

Opening remarks will be made by Charles Kaplan, Research Professor and Associate Dean of Research at the USC Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services. He will be followed by Swedish-born Israeli psychologist Dr. Natan Kellermann and psychiatrist Dr. Andrei Novac.

During the second part of the symposium, marriage and family therapist Christie Tcharkhoutian will give a talk on clinical interventions for descendants of the Armenian Genocide.

The program will continue with a panel entitled “Voices from the Trenches.” The panel will feature service providers Cally Clein of the Jewish Federation Family Services, Dr. Selina Mangassarian from Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Sheila Moore of the Jewish Family Service, and clinical psychologist Dr. Charles Pilavian.

Registration is required for symposium attendees at http://inherited-experience.eventbrite.com. Admission is free. Program will take place from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on February 7, 2018 at the Museum of Tolerance (9786 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, California). Free underground parking is available at the Museum.

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Three Continuing Education Units available for therapists and social workers.

For inquiries, write to Armenian@usc.edu or call 213.821.3943.

Article source: https://massispost.com/2018/01/inheriting-genocide-lessons-intergenerational-transmission-trauma-held-museum-tolerance/

Will Trump Tell the Truth About the Armenian Genocide?

Robert M. Morgenthau

By Robert M. Morgenthau
The Wall Street Journal

As Hitler launched his invasion of Poland in 1939, he instructed his commanders “to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women and children of Polish derivation and language.” He assured his staff the world would raise little objection: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

That was a reference to the systematic destruction of the Armenian population by the Ottoman Turks beginning in 1915. World powers had offered little resistance to the slaughter as it occurred. Later, Turkey’s insistent denials made it the “forgotten genocide.”

Turkey, ostensibly an American ally, still refuses to confront its history. The U.S. government also has failed to give the annihilation of the Armenians its due. American administrations have bowed to Turkish pressure and failed to affirm consistently a simple fact: The slaughter of the Armenians was not a mere misfortune of history but a systematic genocide.

Such reticence wasn’t necessarily surprising, given diplomats’ cautious and equivocating nature. But President Trump, in recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, seems to be signaling a new age. In 1995, Congress enacted legislation directing the State Department to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy there. Candidates Bill Clinton and George W. Bush promised to move the embassy, and Barack Obama said in 2008 that “Jerusalem will be the capital of Israel.” Once elected president, all three reneged on their pledges. Now, at last, America’s Jerusalem policy is consistent with its principles and with historical fact.

That makes me optimistic that America may similarly acknowledge the historical truth of the Armenian genocide. The facts are compelling. For millennia, Armenians lived in the shadow of Mount Ararat, in what is now eastern Turkey. For much of its history, this Christian minority lived in peace with its Muslim neighbors. But as the Ottoman Empire began to disintegrate in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Armenians became targets of oppression. As World War I loomed, the Turks saw the opportunity to settle their “Armenian question.”

First they arrested and executed community leaders and intellectuals. Then they drove the remaining civilians out of their homes in long “death marches” to the Syrian desert. As many as 1.5 million Armenians were murdered.

For me, this chronicle is not confined to history books. My paternal grandfather, Henry Morgenthau, was President Wilson’s ambassador to the Ottoman Empire as the horror began to unfold. He quickly understood that this was slaughter on a scale the modern world had never seen. He protested to Turkish leaders, who replied that the Armenians were not American citizens and thus none of the ambassador’s concern. Besides, they said, Ambassador Morgenthau was Jewish, and the Armenians were Christian.

The Turks even threatened to pressure Washington to recall him. My grandfather’s reply was eloquent: “I could think of no greater honor than to be recalled because I, a Jew, have done everything in my power to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Christians.”

The Turks refused to relent, and my grandfather turned to his own government. He sent Washington a diplomatic cable reading: “A campaign of race extermination is in progress.” The State Department, then preoccupied with World War I, responded with indifference. Ultimately my grandfather decided to appeal to the world’s conscience through a series of speeches.

Eventually a massive aid campaign helped resettle the scattered survivors. But the genocide had exacted an unfathomable toll on the Armenian people—and on my grandfather’s spirits. He returned to the U.S. determined to spend his days helping the survivors, sometimes appearing at Ellis Island as “Uncle Henry” to sponsor refugees who had no one to meet them. And he did something else. He taught his children and his grandchildren the history he had witnessed. The lesson he drew was clear: When principle succumbs to expediency, the inevitable result is tragedy.

Every April, the president issues a proclamation recognizing the atrocity that was inflicted on the Armenian people. But bowing to Turkish pressure, that proclamation has never contained the word “genocide.” That must change.

I do not underestimate the concerns of those who say the wrath of Turkey may work against U.S. interests—as I do not dismiss those who say moving the embassy to Jerusalem may complicate peace negotiations. But a just and lasting world order cannot be built on falsehoods and equivocations. Let President Trump demonstrate that commitment once more by declaring the truth of the Armenian genocide. This would send clear message to the thugs in power around the world: Your criminal acts will not go unnoticed.

Robert M. Morgenthau is retired US District Attorney for New York County, he is the grandson of Henry Morgenthau, Sr., United States Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

Article source: https://massispost.com/2018/01/will-trump-tell-truth-armenian-genocide/

Glendale City Residents Express Strong Support for Armenian American Museum and Proposed Central Park Design

GLENDALE — Over 300 Glendale residents attended two community meetings held by the City of Glendale to present its plan for a new and improved Central Park campus that includes the future downtown site of the Armenian American Museum. An overwhelming number of the attendees expressed support for the new design and the location of the Armenian American Museum.

The community meetings were led by Gerdo Aquino with SWA Group, an urban design firm hired by the City of Glendale to reimagine Central Park. The proposed design positions the Armenian American Museum in the southwest section of Central Park near the prominent corner of Colorado Street and Brand Boulevard. The Central Park redesign will expand the open space from its current 76,000 sq. ft. to over 92,000 sq. ft. and will transform the park into a vibrant focal center and community gathering place.

“We were pleased with the strong turnout of residents who expressed their enthusiasm and support for the future of the Armenian American Museum and Central Park,” stated Armenian American Museum Executive Committee Chairman Berdj Karapetian.

Following the presentation, attendees had the opportunity to visit interactive stations to learn more about the details of the plan and provide feedback on the proposal.

“I’m so excited for us to have the Armenian American Museum with a bigger and better Central Park that has even more open space,” said a young attendee during the community meeting.

“The Armenian American Museum is a beautiful idea,” wrote a Glendale resident at one of the interactive stations.

“We need a modern cultural center in Glendale,” wrote another Glendale resident.

The Armenian American Museum plans to host additional community meetings in the coming weeks. The feedback from the community meetings will help shape the upcoming Museum and Central Park plans to be presented to the Glendale City Council for final approval.

For more information about the Armenian American Museum, visit www.ArmenianAmericanMuseum.org or call (844) 586-4626.

About Armenian American Museum
The Armenian American Museum is a developing project in Glendale, CA with a mission to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Armenian American experience. When completed, it will serve as a cultural campus that enriches the community, educates the public on the Armenian American story, and empowers individuals to embrace cultural diversity and speak out against prejudice.

The governing board of the Armenian American Museum consists of representatives from the following ten Armenian American institutions and organizations: Armenian Catholic Eparchy, Armenian Cultural Foundation, Armenian Evangelical Union of North America, Armenian General Benevolent Union – Western District, Armenian Missionary Association of America, Armenian Relief Society – Western USA, Nor Or Charitable Foundation, Nor Serount Cultural Association, Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, and Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Article source: https://massispost.com/2018/01/glendale-city-residents-express-strong-support-armenian-american-museum-proposed-central-park-design/

Armenia Recognizes Genocide Against Iraq’s Yazidis

YEREVAN — Armenia’s parliament unanimously passed on Tuesday a resolution recognizing as genocide the 2014 mass killings of Yazidis in Iraq which were committed by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.

The National Assembly also called on the international community to track down and prosecute those directly responsible for the killings and “take measures to ensure the security of the Yazidi population.”

Thousands of Yazidis were seized by IS when it overran Iraq’s northwestern town of Sinjar in August 2014, and most of them remain unaccounted for. The town was regained from IS in late 2015 and 30 mass graves of Yazidis have since been found there. But an unknown number of the ethnic minority, which practices a unique religion that IS considers heretical, was moved to neighboring Syria.

The U.S. government officially declared in March 2016 that IS is “responsible for genocide” against Yazidis as well as Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria. A subsequent report released by United Nations investigators similarly concluded that the Islamist militants’ actions against Yazidis meet a 1948 UN convention’s definition of genocide.

Yazidis searching for clues that might lead them to missing relatives in the remains of people killed by the IS

In its resolution, the Armenian parliament said it “recognizes and strongly condemns the genocide of the Yazidi people perpetrated by terrorist groups in 2014 in Iraqi territory controlled by them.”

The main sponsor of the resolution is Rustam Makhmudian, the parliament’s sole ethnic Yazidi member representing the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK). Presenting the document to fellow lawmakers on Monday, Makhmudian drew parallels between the 2014 atrocities against Iraqi Yazidis and the 1915 Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire.

The Ottoman Turks also killed and displaced many Yazidis during the First World War. Thousands of them fled to what is now the Republic of Armenia.

There are an estimated 50,000 Yazidis living in Armenia at present, making them the country’s single largest ethnic minority.

In April 2016, leaders of Armenia’s Yazidi community inaugurated a memorial in downtown Yerevan to Yazidis and other people massacred by the IS extremists. Said Avdalian, the leader of a Yazidi youth group, hailed the Armenian parliamentary resolution on Tuesday as a “historic event.”

Article source: https://massispost.com/2018/01/armenia-recognizes-genocide-iraqs-yazidis/

Chris Cornell’s Family & Various Stars Team Up to Raise Awareness for Human Rights

LOS ANGELES — Multi-Grammy Award-winning Golden Globe nominee Chris Cornell is featured in a new video released on Thursday in conjunction with his Grammy-nominated song “The Promise”. In the clip, Cornell’s children, Toni, Lily and Christopher vow to continue to honor their late father’s pledge to raise awareness for human rights. A number of stars have come together to show their support and solidarity for the cause as well, including Elton John, Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand, George Clooney and many more. Watch the video below.

As part of his long career as a songwriter and performer, Cornell wrote and recorded the title song for “The Promise” (2017), the first feature film to highlight the story of the Armenian genocide. All proceeds from the film have gone toward human rights causes, including creation of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law. Cornell donated all of his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee. In November, the song received a nomination for best rock performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Last month, a coalition led by Vicky Cornell, the wife of the late singer, created an endowed fund of more than $1 million to support student scholarships at UCLA School of Law. The Chris Cornell Scholarship honors Cornell’s commitment to justice, human rights and advocacy for those in need. Members of the coalition include several friends and colleagues of Cornell as well as supporters of UCLA Law.

Cornell’s career began in 1984, when he founded the trailblazing Seattle-based band Soundgarden. A chief architect of the 1990s grunge movement and one of the most powerful voices in rock, Cornell later had a successful career as a solo artist and founder of Audioslave. He reunited with Soundgarden in 2010. Selling more than 30 million records worldwide, Cornell forged a unique identity over three decades as a singer, guitarist, composer and lyricist. Cornell died in May 2017 at the age of 52, but his artistic and humanitarian legacy lives on.

Fans are encouraged to post their “Promise” videos on social media using the hashtag #keepthepromise.

Article source: https://massispost.com/2018/01/chris-cornells-family-various-stars-team-raise-awareness-human-rights/

California Governor’s 2018-2019 Budget Maintains Annual Allotment for Armenian-American Museum Project

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Armenian-American Museum funding approved in last year’s California budget has been programed for expenditure this year in Governor Brown’s proposed budget announced on Wednesday. This confirms that $3 million of the $4 million approved has actually been programmed for expenditure. The museum project is located for the City of Glendale and includes Genocide education and multicultural exhibits. Plans for its creation are underway with broad support from within the Armenian community, including its ten largest organizations.

“I am very glad that the Governor’s Budget proposal maintains the State’s commitment to keep funding this important project. The Armenian American Museum will share the rich Armenian history and culture in the state of California for generations to appreciate. As the District 25 Senator, I represent the largest Armenian American community in the country, I am proud to support the museum and happy that the state is invested in its success,” commented Portantino.

Last year, Portantino arranged for the museum to present directly to the State Senate for a three million dollar budget request. The Senate approved the Portantino request and included it in the final state budget. The $1 million announced today is the promised annual allotment.

Article source: https://massispost.com/2018/01/california-governors-2018-2019-budget-maintains-annual-allotment-armenian-american-museum-project/

The Japanese who Helped Save Armenians and Greeks During 1922 Smyrna Massacres

By Philip Chrysopoulos
greekreporter.com

Researcher Vicken Babkenian wrote how a Japanese ship saved the lives of hundreds Armenians and Greeks from genocide in Smyrna in 1922, and the overall humanitarian aid provided by the Japanese.

Babkenian, along with Professor Peter Stanley, are the authors of the book “Armenia, Australia and the Great War”.

In the book, they wrote about the widely unknown humanitarian aid that the Japanese showed towards Greeks and Armenians, during that turbulent time.

The most remarkable story of Japanese humanitarianism during the 1922 Smyrna catastrophe is about the captain and crew of a Japanese ship, who saved many lives during the 1922 Smyrna Catastrophe.

Hundreds of thousands of Armenian and Greek refugees had fled to the quay of Smyrna as Turkish nationalist troops entered and occupied the city on September 9, 1922. The Turkish occupation was followed by the massacre and deportation of Armenian and Greek civilians.

About 20 allied ships were at the harbour watching the events, as a fire broke out in the Armenian quarter four days later, which eventually destroyed most of the city. One ship was from Japan, and it was the one that mobilized to rescue the desperate refugees.

Mrs. Anna Harlowe Birge; the wife of the American Professor Birge of the International College at Smyrna, witnessed the helpless refugees crowding each other off the wharves as Smyrna began to burn. Men and women could be seen swimming around in the hope of rescue, until they drowned. She wrote:

“In the harbour, at that time, was a Japanese freighter, which had just arrived loaded to the decks with a very valuable cargo of silks, laces and china representing many thousands of dollars. The Japanese captain, when he realized the situation did not hesitate. The whole cargo went overboard into the dirty waters of the harbour, and the freighter was loaded with several hundred refugees, who were taken to Piraeus and landed in safety on Greek shores,” wrote Stavros T. Stavridis in an article published in the American Hellenic International Foundation’s Policy Journal.

Greek newspaper Empros (Εμπρός) praises the “brave stance” of the Japanese

Another account was published on September 18, 1922, in the New York Times:

“Refugees constantly arriving .. relate new details of the Smyrna tragedy. On Thursday [September 14] last there were six steamers at Smyrna to transport the refugees, one American, one Japanese, two French and two Italian. The American and Japanese steamers accepted all comers without examining their papers, while the others took only foreign subjects with passports.”

The humanitarian actions of the Japanese ship have also been recorded by Armenian and Greek survivors of Smyrna.

Recently, Stavridis discovered the ship’s name – the Tokei Maru – which had been published in numerous contemporary Greek newspapers. In June 2016, Greek community organisations in Athens, awarded a shield shaped plaque to Japan’s ambassador, Masuo Nishibayashi, in honour of his nation’s rescue efforts at Smyrna in 1922.

The authors also wrote about how an Armenian relief fund had been established in Tokyo after a visit by the Rev. Loyal Wirt, the international commissioner of the American Near East Relief organisation. The Armenian relief fund was headed by a prominent Japanese banker and diplomat, Viscount Eiichi Shibusawa.

Article source: https://massispost.com/2018/01/japanese-helped-save-armenians-greeks-1922-smyrna-massacres/

Confronting Past Violence with More Violence

By Cengiz Aktar

Just a few days before New Year 2015, I wrote a piece entitled “Entering 2015” –copied below since the records of the Taraf newspaper where it was published has been deleted by the authorities.

I was concluding with my hopes and wishes for the coming centenary of the Armenian Genocide; an end to denials, a break from routine, the ability to hear the Other and the willingness to understand each other —the first steps towards a collective healing process.

Of course, it did not happen.

Nor did it happen in 2016 or 2017. On the contrary, the curse of 1915 pervades the country more and more each passing day. We are going through such times that each year, we yearn for the one before. It is collective psychosis.

When I said ‘curse’ I did not mean a para-psychological phenomenon. Besides one should not demean the non-mourned, the unburied bodies, and the suffering souls. I meant that unless we, as a society confront a massive crime in our past like the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and unless we commit due reparations to the descendants of innocent victims, impunity will haunt us, and even more evil will follow. This is a century-old ethical predicament with remarkably deep roots.

Considering that Genocide is a substantially massive crime than any of the public, individual or collective infractions, or the incessant evils of today, if the public consciousness can stomach Genocide, it can easily stomach any lawlessness. And thus, evil begets evil.

We as a society have constantly refused to bring up the events of 1915 due to the intensity of the transgressions that followed suit —directly correlated to the impunity of Genocide— as well as voluntary or forced dementia.

And now, the masses, which do not even know the meaning of the word ‘Armenian’ —or use it at best as an insult— let alone the word ‘genocide’, lack any awareness of the issue. That won’t change.

Let me give an example. When talking about the impunity for crimes against the Kurdish people since the founding of the Republic people usually start by saying “for the last 90 years”. Very few acknowledge the impunity for the crimes against the Armenians and other non-Muslim groups, especially the Kurdish crimes against Armenians that went unpunished.

Today collective dementia has reached such levels that even this 90-year-old persecution tends to be forgotten. On the contrary, collective dementia, collective violence, and collective depravity that were imposed after the transgressions of 1915 became our lifestyle.

Now we have unlimited violence and depravity everywhere, inside our homes, barracks, workplaces, hospitals —in every arena, from politics to the media— against everything from humans, to animals, nature, cities, and culture. But lawlessness, impunity, injustice, and indifference are everywhere as well.

There is a fence of political and social dementia that stands against a handful of people who are still trying to resist, who do not want to forget and who claim justice.

The issue here is not even the embarrassment some might feel in case of justice. The problem is amnesia, a public and voluntary dementia that banishes empathy, remembrance, and mourning.

Some kind of schizophrenia that immediately forces one to forget and try to make others forget the violence it just inflicted. This is a collective sickness that transgresses the delusions of banal everyday politics.

However, the suppressed memories of the past violence keep themselves alive in the public sub-consciousness by creating more violence, testing the confines of our dementia. So much so that while trying to forget an evil, we beget a new one!

Maybe this is the curse of a society that refuses to face voluntarily its past violence through involuntary confrontation with daily violence with all its sinister consequences.

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Entering 1915

Who knows, all the evil haunting us, endless mass killings, and our inability to recover from afflictions may be due to a century-old curse and a century-old lie. What do you think?

This is perhaps the malediction uttered by Armenians, children, civilian women and men alike who died moaning, and buried without a coffin. It may be the storms created in our souls by the still agonising spectres of all our ill-fated citizens including Greeks and Syriacs and later Alevis and Kurds.

Perhaps, the massacres which have not been accounted for since 1915 and the charge which have remained unpaid are now being paid back in different venues by the grandchildren.

The curses uttered in return for the lives taken, the lives stolen, the homes plundered, the churches destroyed, the schools confiscated, and the property extorted…

‘May God make you pay for it for all your offspring to come’… Are we paying back the price of all the injustice done so far?

Does repayment manifest itself in the form of an audacity of not being able to confront with our past sins or in the form of indecency that has become our habit due to our chronic indulgence in unfairness? It seems as if our society has been decaying for a century, with festering all around.

Despite this century-old malediction, 2015 will pass with the debate, ‘Was there really genocide?’

We will watch how the current tenants of the state exert vast efforts to cover up this shame and postpone any move to confront it. If it were in their hands, they would just skip the year 2015.

The denialist prose that consists of three wizened arguments that consist of upheaval, collaboration with the enemy and victimisation —it is rather Armenians who killed us— will continue to be parroted in a series of conferences. And we will dance to our own tunes.

On April 24 and 25, 2015 the official ceremony will be held on the occasion of the Anzac Day in Gallipoli, not in connection with the genocide. And we will listen to Dardanelles heroism in abundance. But we will find none to listen to our narrative.

How much more maledictions should happen to us so that we will be inclined:

To reckon with our bloody nation-building process?

To know and remember how an innocuous, hardworking, productive, talented and peaceful people was destroyed by warrior peoples of Anatolia and to empathize with their grandchildren in remembrance?

To feel the gist of the tyranny that made unfortunate Armenians cried, “Ur eir Astvadz” (Where were you God) in revolt to God in the summer of 1915 which was dark and cold as death?

To realize that the population of Armenians dwindled from millions in the Ottoman Empire of 1915 to virtually none today and the remaining Armenians either concealed their true identities or were converted to Islam, after sweeping aside the puzzle “Was it genocide or not” or the question “Who killed who” and purely listening to our conscience?

To understand, as Hrant Dink put it, a fully fledged cultural genocide and the loss of a tremendous amount of civilization?

To realize that the biggest loss to this country is that non-Muslim citizens of this land no longer live here?

To comprehend why the genocide – which Armenians of those dark days would refer to as the great catastrophe (Meds Yeghern) – is a disaster that befell not only Armenians, but the entire country?

To see that the loss of our non-Muslim citizens who were killed, banished away or forced to flee amounts to the loss of brainpower, bourgeoisie, culture and civilization?

To calculate the curse of the goods, property, and children confiscated?

To duly understand the wisdom of author Yasar Kemal, who wrote, “Another bird cannot prosper in an abandoned nest; the one who destroys a nest cannot have a nest; oppression breeds oppression”?

To even realize that those who would reject all the aforementioned points would do so because of a loss wisdom deriving from the Genocide.

The Armenian Genocide is the great catastrophe of Anatolia, and the mother of all taboos in this land. Its curse will continue to haunt us as long as we fail to talk about, recognise, understand and reckon with it. Its centennial anniversary actually offers us an historic opportunity to dispense with our habits, understand the other, and start with the collective therapy.

Article source: https://massispost.com/2018/01/confronting-past-violence-violence/

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