101 Years and Counting: Remembering the Armenian Genocide

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Another year, another moment to reflect on one of our world’s most devastating tragedies. April 24th marks Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, commemorating the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks during World War I.

If you’re wondering why anyone outside of Armenia and its diaspora should care about this event, it is important to note that to this day Turkey denies that the genocide ever occurred, or at the very least asserts that the death toll is extremely overestimated (untrue) and that the Armenians started the conflict and therefore deserved their retribution (grossly untrue). Even worse, despite the outrage of millions of Armenian-Americans like myself, the United States also does not formally recognize the Armenian Genocide for fear of damaging its military alliance with Turkey.

If you’re a new reader of Book Club Babe and were unaware of my Armenian ancestry and of the cultural significance of the genocide, then I urge you to educate yourself today and spread your knowledge with others. You can do your part by sharing this blog post to your social networks with hashtags, such as #RememberAndDemand and #TurkeyFailed. And if you’d like to read some historical fiction, then I recommend The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian and The Gendarme by Mark T. Mustian.

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And for more information on the Armenian Genocide, please read my posts from previous years (20152014, 2013, 2012). Thank you for your support!

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3 thoughts on “101 Years and Counting: Remembering the Armenian Genocide

  1. Thanks for the reminder, Alyssa! I too, loved “The Sandcastle Girls” and have since also read “The Hundred-Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey” by Dawn Anahid MacKeen, an American Journalist of Armenian descent. In “Larsonesque” fashion, she alternates the true stories of her grandfather, Stepan Miskjian’s, survival of the death marches and other atrocities at the hands of the Turks one hundred years ago, and her own current journey back to travel his same path from Turkey to Syria. It’s quite a remarkable book, and like good narrative non-fiction, it reads as well as historical fiction. I highly recommend it!
    Cheers! BCC

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