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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)

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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