Remembering the Armenian Genocide + The Armenian Holocaust
First Program: Peter Balakian – Remembering the Armenian Genocide For Armenians around the world, "April," to quote Eliot, is indeed "the cruelest month." On April 24, 1915, the Turkish government launched a genocidal campaign of deportation and extermination, effectively ending the millennia-old Armenian presence in eastern Turkey. Amazingly, to this day Turkey denies the genocide. And the U.S. goes along with this charade. A recent Congressional resolution recognizing the genocide was withdrawn under White House pressure. The administration cited national security concerns.
In 1915, the Turkish government launched a premeditated organized campaign to eliminate the millennia-old Armenian people from their traditional homeland in what is now southeastern Turkey. The Turkish officials responsible for the genocide were never brought to account. This was not lost on Adolf Hitler. Just days before launching World War Two he told his generals, "Who today, after all, speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?" What makes this genocide unique is that Turkey refuses to acknowledge it ever happened. And that denial is the final stage of genocide: closure and justice is denied to the victims and their descendants.
This program marks the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.
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