Children of Armenia

Children of Armenia

A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-long Struggle for Justice

Book - 2009 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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The first book to chronicle the aftermath of the twentieth century's first genocide, this groundbreaking work recounts the Armenians' struggle for justice in the face of fifty years of silence and denial.

• First comprehensive account: From 1915 to 1923, the Ottoman Turks drove two million Armenians from their ancestral homeland, slaughtering 1.5 million of them in the process. After an immediate groundswell of support for the "starving Armenians" led by President Woodrow Wilson, the atrocities were wiped from public consciousness. Why has Turkey never been held accountable? This, the first account of the post-Genocide era, explains how and why the event disappeared from the world's memory and reveals for the first time the full story of the events that conspired to conceal the truth.

• Powerful narrative: Children of Armenia blends characterdriven narrative with historical analysis, tracking three central figures--a terrorist seeking revenge, a lawyer seeking reparations, and a lobbyist seeking recognition--to deliver a powerful true story in the tradition of Iris Chang, Peter Balakian, Samantha Power, and Philip Gourevitch.

• Timely: From rwanda to Darfur to Bosnia, there has been much discussion of twentieth-century genocides, the proper u.S. response, and the tragic aftermaths. Bobelian's pioneering account of the post-Genocide generation's struggle for justice demonstrates just how critical the establishment of truth is for peaceful reconciliation.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781416557258
Branch Call Number: 956.6 B66c
Characteristics: vii, 308 pages : maps ; 25 cm


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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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