Remembering the Armenian Genocide
For more than a century, official acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide (1915) has been disputed by many nations' governments, including our own—even though most historians agree that its atrocious events were an act of genocide. For the descendants of the survivors of the Genocide, it remains a deep emotional scar that is passed from one generation to the next.
The Armenian Genocide is the main reason why so many Armenians live outside of their homeland and is also a direct cause of diplomatic tension between Armenia and Turkey.
On April 24, Armenians around the world commemorate the Genocide and this year, on April 21, a Hollywood feature film called The Promise will be released in theaters nationwide. The motion picture, starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, and Charlotte Le Bon is a love story set in the backdrop of the Armenian Genocide. The Promise will bring to audiences the story of one of the biggest crimes against humanity.
Being a descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors, I felt a sense of responsibility as a librarian to create a list of resources and materials available at the library for those interested in learning more about this tragic period in history.
Articles & Databases
Ihring explores the connection between the Armenian Genocide and the Nazi Holocaust and ways in which Germany supported and later emulated the actions of the Ottoman Turks.
Balakian’s historically accurate narrative of the Armenian Genocide and America’s circumspect reaction.
Bogosian illustrates the assassination plot carried out by 5 Armenians seeking revenge for the Armenian Genocide.
This body of work uses an interdisciplinary approach to present the complexities of Genocide, while recognizing the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
An analyitical study of the Armenian Genocide and how it preceded the genocides that would occur thereafter.
A historical narrative using archival documentation and eyewitness accounts to cut through nationalist myths and propaganda, uncovering when, how and why these atrocities occured.
An epic story of one man’s courage in surviving the genocide and his granddaughter’s quest to tell uncover his story.
A true story of an Armenian boy ecaping genocide, living amongst Kurdish captors and coming of age before escaping again to the United States.
A young woman inherits her grandmothers spice box and uncovers her past, filled with pain and grief as a Genocide survivor.
An American woman falls in love with a widowed Armenian engineer in Aleppo, Syria. Years later their granddaughter discovers their secret history.
A World War I veteran seeks out a woman to beg for forgiveness for crimes he had committed during the Armenian genocide.
A man seeks out a woman who has inherited his late father's estate, and he learns her secret will endanger his family's legacy.
A man loses his family during the Armenian genocide, later discovering his twin children are alive he goes on a journey to find them.
A wealthy family is devestated by a forbidden love story and surviving during the Armenian Genocide.
Classical Armenian music from renowned Armenian composers performed by siblings to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Young Adult Nonfiction
An informative historical exploration of the massacred Armenians.
Young Adult Fiction
Orphaned children escape the horrors being inflicted upon their family and their people.