Anniversary of a genocide

Armenians remain traumatized not only because of the annihilation of their kin 100 years ago, but also by Turkey’s steadfast denial of the genocide.

By ANDREW FRIEDMAN
April 30, 2015 18:01
Archbishop Aris Shirvanian

Archbishop Aris Shirvanian, Director of the Ecumenical and Foreign Relations of the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem’s Old City.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

AS AN Armenian child growing up in Jerusalem in the 1940s and 50s, George Hintlian was raised on stories of the Armenian Genocide, the systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks. The starting date is held to be April 24, 1915, the day some 300 Armenian academics and community leaders were rounded up in Istanbul.

“My grandfather and uncle were axed to death, as were more than 20 members of their extended family,” Hintlian, 70, tells The Jerusalem Report. “My father, who was then 17 years old, walked 500 kilometers from Kayseri in Turkey to Aleppo, Syria.

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