Carla Garapedian: An unspoken crime
March 21, 2017
I’m outraged—are you?
When millions of innocent people are murdered, you’d think the world would know about it. But unlike the Holocaust in Europe, or the mass killings in Rwanda, most people don’t know what happened to the Armenian people over 100 years ago.
Why should you care? I’ll tell you.
I travel the world speaking to different groups of people about the Armenian Genocide. I have also archived hundreds of eyewitness testimonies by Armenian genocide survivors. Even with all of that, I know that most people don’t know very much about what’s been called the first genocide of the 20th century.
This was big news in 1915, with over 250 articles in the New York Times alone. So why, 102 years later, has the Armenian Genocide become the “forgotten genocide?”
Genocide isn’t a natural disaster, like a hurricane. It’s a man-made, state policy of mass-murder. So why do we call it a “tragedy”? Why aren’t we OUTRAGED that this keeps happening, over and over? We say, “never again”—but we don’t mean it.
Hitler used the Armenian Genocide as a blueprint for the Holocaust—that’s why the words “Who Remembers the Armenians?” are written on the walls of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Hitler knew the Turks got away with killing 1.5 million people—with impunity.
The Armenian Genocide, the first modern genocide, set in place a dystopian model for oppressive regimes to torture, remove by force, and murder innocent and marginalized minorities. The very same mechanisms that the Turkish government set in place by trying to exterminate the Armenians were used by the Nazis, the Khmer Rouge and so many other tyrannical states.
Also, over $100 million were spent by U.S. citizens in humanitarian relief to help Armenians during the genocide. It was one of the biggest humanitarian efforts in American history—spearheaded by American diplomats and our American president. How can we forget that?
Ensure the world knows. Share the truth about the Armenian Genocide and help us spread the facts so it never happens again.
102 years ago, 1.5 million innocent Armenians were murdered by the Turkish government. I pledge to #NeverStaySilent about the #ArmenianGenocide. Learn more here: http://thepromisetoact.org/
We have a coalition of NGO’s and Armenian groups working with The Promise film, a major Hollywood motion picture that is telling the story of the Armenian Genocide for the first time. All proceeds will benefit organizations who are committed to fighting global injustice. See the movie 4/21 and learn more about our social impact campaign here: thepromisetoact.org