Today is the 90th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide, the mass killings and deportations by Ottoman Turks that led to the deaths of as many as 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923. The very word "genocide" was coined to describe this horrific attempt to exterminate an entire people. Hitler referred to the world's indifference to the Armenian genocide when he planned the Holocuast of the Jewish people and his other mass killings of Russians, Poles, and others.
Few survivors of those attacks —— which the Turkish government says were part of a civil conflict, not a genocide —— remain. Somes survivors still remain and valiantly refuse to remain silent. The Boston Globe presents some of their memories.
Ed Lasky 10 27 05