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"The Armenian Genocide," "America and the Holocaust," "Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die," "The Forsaken Promise," and "Good Evening Mr Wallenburg"

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The Armenian Genocide
The Armenian Genocide is the complete story of the first Genocide of the 20th century - when over a million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during World War I. This unprecedented and powerful one-hour documentary, which aired April 17th, 2006 on PBS, was written, directed and produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Andrew Goldberg of Two Cats Productions, in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Featuring interviews with the leading experts in the field such as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power and New York Times best-selling author, Peter Balakian, this film features never-before-seen historical footage of the events and key players of one of the greatest untold stories of the 20th century. The Armenian Genocide is narrated by Julianna Margulies and includes historical narrations by Ed Harris, Natalie Portman, Laura Linney and Orlando Bloom, among others. "Powerful. The film honors the victims of the Armenian Genocide" (The New York Times) "Serious, literate and ultimately heartbreaking." [made with] "...intelligence and precision." (The New Jersey Star Ledger) "Evocative" [The Weekly Standard) "Powerful and skillfully made" (The PBS Ombudsman)
==================== America and the Holocaust
In 1937, Kurt Klein emigrated to the United States from Germany to escape the growing discrimination against Jews that had become a terrible fact of life following Hitler’s rise to power. Klein worked hard to establish himself so that he could obtain safe passage for his parents out of Germany. But, like other American Jews, he struggled with State Department red tape and indifference as he sought to rescue his family.
Americans were becoming aware of the stories coming out of Europe about a campaign to force Jews out of Germany and about the horrors of Kristallnacht in 1938. But American society had political, economic, and social problems of its own, including serious unemployment brought on by the Depression and long-standing--and rising--anti-Semitism. Over 100 anti-Semitic organizations blanketed the U.S. with propaganda, businesses refused to hire Jews, and certain hotels and clubs proudly proclaimed themselves ''Restricted.'' Even the government was not immune from anti-Semitic sentiments.
America and the Holocaust paints a troubling picture of the U.S. during a period beset by anti-Semitism. It reveals a government that not only delayed action but also suppressed information and blocked efforts that could have resulted in the rescue of hundreds of thousands of people, including the family of Kurt Klein.
============== Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die
America's knowledge of the Holocaust during World War II is documented using previously classified information, newreels and interviews. The actions of the Roosevelt administration that were taken and not taken are examined to determine if the Jews of Europe might possibly have been saved. ============== The Forsaken Promise
The Forsaken Promise documents the failure of Britain and her appointed institutions and officials, whether military, administrative or political, to fulfill her pledge under the Balfour Declaration and her legal obligations under the Mandate. It highlights a number of tragic events that took place during that period, mainly through the testimonies of people who were victims of those events, participant in them, or eye-witnessed to them. They speak of Britain's political expediency and even treachery towards the Jewish people in appeasing the militant Arab nationalist movement, as well as causing the wholesale misery of many thousands of Jewish people who were turned away from the shores of Palestine in the 1930s and 40s. Through the 1939 White Paper, the British government also made inevitable the deaths of an untold number of Jews who could have escaped Hitler's Final Solution, had they been able to find refuge in their ancient homeland. ================ Good Evening Mr. Wallenberg
On Schindler's List there were hundreds of names.
On Raoul Wallenberg's there were tens of thousands.
"A film of epic ambitions" (The New York Times), Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg chronicles the last days of the war in Budapest. It is a moving and sensitive portrait of internationally known hero, Raoul Wallenberg, a small-scale businessman whose life was transformed after he witnessed bodies being thrown from a train on its way to Auschwitz.
International film star Stellan Skarsgård (Aberdeen, Dancer in the Dark, Good Will Hunting, Amistad, Breaking the Waves, The Hunt for Red October) "is merely perfect" (New York Post) as Raoul Wallenberg, an attache to the Swedish Embassy who moved to Budapest, Hungary in 1944 to help Jews escape Adolph Eichmann's deadly path. Wallenberg saved over 60,000 people in Budapest's Jewish ghetto by helping them escape Hungary with Swedish papers ("Wallenberg passports"), or getting them placed in protective housing. His greatest challenge came in 1945, when he saved the lives of some 65,000 Jews in the ghetto by forcing the hand of the German general responsible for their fate. On January 17, 1945, Wallenberg was taken to Moscow as a Soviet prisoner. He was never released, and his fate has remained a mystery. 

Review: I have watched this documentary several times. What is striking to me, and what I specifically looked for in it, is corroboration of the Armenian Genocide by third parties, by definition, not Armenians and not Turks. We see quoted in this documentary confirmation from the Germans and the Americans (even the New York Times) at the time of the genocide that the genocide did indeed occur, that it was orchestrated at the highest levels of the "Young Turk" regime. This documentary does cover the history of Ottoman Armenian rebellion and separatist movement, and that those Armenians did kill Turks. But whatever debate you want to have about this rebellion, nothing justifies genocide.
Nothing justifies genocide. Nothing. It is documented fact that the Armenian genocide occurred as told by multiple foreign (ie, non-Armenian, non-Turkish) observers. There is no "other side", just like there is no "other side" rebutting the Jewish Holocaust, or for that matter the genocide practiced by the US Government in systematically destroying Native Americans. It happened. It is well documented.
Even if a few Armenian guerrillas were helping the Russians, even if the Ottoman Armenians had no legitimate claim to independence from the Ottoman empire, none of it justifies the Ottomans documented, systematic murder of 1,000,000 Armenian civilians or their stealing Armenian property from cleansed towns and villages.
What I don't understand is the bitter defensiveness of modern day Turks (ie, post 1923) for the war crimes committed by a Turkish regime that the new Turkish government repudiated back in 1923!
I say to the Turkish deniers on this site: why do you feel that you have to defend the Turks of an era repudiated by your own 1923 Turkish government itself? I don't get it. The Turks of 1915 are not you! You owe them no loyalty.
As an American citizen whose ancestors go back to the founding of America, I repudiate my own ancestors who were slave holders and who committed genocide against the Native Americans. I owe them no loyalty or defense. It's that simple. Those American settlers did not have to integrate themselves through genocide. You modern day Turks must do the same with respect to the crimes committed by your ancestors.


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