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A question about the genocide...

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  • A question about the genocide...

    Im trying to learn more about the Armenian genocide and i do belive it happened. but through all the things i have read i never once came by a group of people trying to resist being taken by the turkish gov't.
    i came by sections where a farmer was trying to defend his wife and kids but no actual group the size of a small village to the least trying to resist being taken. i know in the beggining (from what ive read) that the turkish gov't lied by asking the armenian men to come to an assembly to talk about seperation and instead of what they promised they slaughtered them but i dont remember ever reading about a large group of people trying to fight back. were there any decent sized Rebels in the armenian genocide to fight the turkish?

  • #2
    naturally, when your life is threatened and you've got nothing left to loose you will try to fight back and kill before being killed. There were such instances. On the whole, those being deported were mostly women, children, and the elderly. They were naively belived that they were actually being relocated to "a safer place" and obediently were driven like sheep to their deaths. There were small pockets of attempts to fight back, such as the resistance in van.
    The Noble Guardian


    • #3
      To read more about the resistance in van you can read:

      Clarence Usher's 1917 book "An American Physician in

      or rent/buy the 2002 film "Ararat" which has some recreations of this resistance.

      (I'd recommend reading the book first)
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      • #4
        I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the most famous book ever written regarding the Armenian Genocide - The Forty Days of Musa Dagh by Franz Werfel. It relates the story of a village of Armenians on the Aegean coast who refused to be deported and put up a resistance that lasted about 40 days. They were eventually rescued by French ships. It is an amazing story and an excellent book.


        • #5
          Great point phantom! By the way did anyone know that it wasn't actually 40 days? It was something like 35 days, but for some reason Werfel insisted on saying it was 40 days (it does have a better ring to it I suppose). Anyway, other than that the account is accurate. They also made a movie about it which I own. I'll paste the information about it below, I either got it at: or two great resources for books and films.

          Forty Days of Musa Dagh
          a John Kurkjian film
          Directed by Sarky Mouradian
          copyright 1989 Parseghian Records
          4900 Santa Monica Bl.
          Los Angeles, CA 90029
          (323) 664-3365

          Franz Werfel's acclaimed award winning novel at last on film. Before the Nazi atrocities of WWII there was Turkey's war against the Armenians. This is the courageous accout of the Armenians' fight for freedom - a fight in which 1.6 million were massacred during the 1914 Turkish onslaught. This lavish production features big-name Hollywood stars in a stirring and action-filled film of the brave Armenians' defense against incredible odds in their last holdout - Mount Musa Dagh. Help arrived after 40 day, but the toll was great. A true story you'll never forget.
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          • #6
            great! thanks guys , i think i will check out some of these movies and books, i am really curious about the genocide, hope to make educated posts in the future


            • #7
              Post removed by a moderator.

              Reason: Genocide denial propaganda.


              • #8
                Originally posted by kemal1915
                Post removed by a moderator.

                Reason: Genocide denial propaganda.

                wht a nonsense reason to remove.can u explain why or which sentences are not suitable?


                • #9
                  Well thats the exact problrm is it not?lol
                  One who's in denial is the last one to know it!
                  "All truth passes through three stages:
                  First, it is ridiculed;
                  Second, it is violently opposed; and
                  Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

                  Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)