Children of Armenia

Children of Armenia

A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-long Struggle for Justice

Book - 2009
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A narrative history of genocidal acts by Ottoman Turks against Armenians between 1915 and 1923 traces the impact of three central figures and offers insight into the Armenians' largely unrecognized struggle for justice throughout a subsequent half century.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416557258
1416557253
Characteristics: vii, 308 p. : maps, plan ; 25 cm

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JonALambert
Apr 28, 2014

In Children of Armenia, Michael Bobelian provides a profound account of the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath. From 1915 to 1923, an estimated two million Armenian people were forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands in the Ottoman Empire. Approximately 1.5 million of them were brutally slaughtered.

While drawing from his background as a lawyer and journalist, Bobelian examines why these events 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 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. The prologue to Children of Armenia begins with a quotation by Milan Kundera: “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”

A review by Jonathan Avak Lambert

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