By Any Other Name: Genocide – 1915 – Past Daily Weekend Reference Room

The Armenian Genocide of 1915 -  a surprising lack of awareness, but maybe an intentional one.

The Armenian Genocide of 1915 – a surprising lack of awareness, but maybe an intentional one.

 

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Armenian Voices 1915 – BBC World Service Newsday – April 24, 2015

Since recording of events wasn’t as universal as it is now, trying to locate historic sound to illustrate an event, particularly an event with the magnitude of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 is very difficult at best.

And so it’s up to the ones carefully recording and keeping meticulous records of events, interviewing the witnesses before they pass away, keeping the reminders going that we are a brutal planet. And that, for all the great good and great accomplishments we are capable of achieving, there are those Thousand Points of Shame we cannot deny.

And even though, like all acts of genocide, there are those detractors; the ones who say such hideous cruelties aren’t possible by humans – the witnesses and the proof speak otherwise. And whether you define genocide as the killing of a thousand people or millions, the cause and the results are the same – fields and unmarked graves of lifeless; at once signifying hopes and dreams and plans – now silence and the eerie gaze of eternity.

So it’s up to broadcast entities like The BBC World Service, to bring the story to the front. And for that, we’re grateful.

If you missed this report – from the BBC World Service program Newsday on April 24th – here is Armenia: Voices of 1915 and interviews and background.

Give a listen and then you’ll know.

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