By Donald E. Miller

Among 1915 and 1923, over 1000000 Armenians died, sufferers of a genocidal crusade that continues to be denied by means of the Turkish govt. hundreds of thousands of different Armenians suffered torture, brutality, deportation. but their tale has obtained scant awareness. via interviews with 100 aged Armenians, Donald and Lorna Miller supply the "forgotten genocide" the listening to it merits. Survivors bring up very important concerns approximately genocide and approximately how humans do something about hectic event. a lot here's wrenchingly painful, but it additionally speaks to the power of the human spirit.

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In particular, he could not forget the Armenian baby being beaten to death for sport by his young Turkish acquaintance. Nor could he rid his mind of the screams of the orphan girl who was ordered to be killed because of her dysentery. And he felt the pain of having left his adoptive Turkish grandfather, whom he loved. As much as Vahram attempted to reconcile his Christian spirit with the violence he had witnessed in childhood, his anger and outrage simmered just beneath the surface. And he could never adjust to losing his mother, father, and siblings.

He prayed five times a day and fasted one month out of the year. I used to join him in these [observances]. " He was a principled and just man. He felt genuine sorrow for the Armenian massacre and considered it a sin to bring any confiscated Armenian possessions into his home. He used to condemn the Turkish government, saying, "The Armenians are a hardy, intelligent, and industrious people. " Vahram lived in his "grandfather's" house for more than two years. " Vahram and Siroun quickly learned Turkish.

The family heard that he had been killed, along with other Armenian men who had been arrested at the same time. Coincident with these arrests, the Turks ordered all Armenians to bring their guns to government headquarters. The Armenians presumed that these weapons were to be used in the war effort against the Russians, British, and French. Instead, soon after collecting these weapons, the Turks displayed them publicly and accused the Armenians of treasonous intentions. Vahram recalled that Turkish soldiers came through his village on their way to the Russian front and that Armenians housed these troops in their churches and homes.

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