Eight days ago, all Israel stopped still for Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Memorial Day, when the nation remembered the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust inflicted upon the Jewish people. Hitler had embarked upon his genocidal campaign against Jews, rationalising that no-one would remember it. “Who remembers the Armenians?” he asked rhetorically.
Today, 100 years from the first deportation of Armenian intellectuals by the Ottoman Empire, we remember the Armenians and the genocide carried out against these Christians.
If the world had remembered the genocide of Christians in 1915, the genocide of Jews may have been prevented.
Let us never forget either atrocity. #weremember.
Recently, Pope Francis referred to the 1915 Turkish mass killings of Armenians as the ‘first genocide of the 20th century.’”
The Pope’s remarks infuriated Turkey’s Islamist President Tayyip Erdogan, who “warned” the Pope against repeating his “mistaken” statement.
But as journalist Lela Gilbert wrote this week, “There was actually no mistake about it: The fact is, the Armenian Genocide cost 1.5 million Armenian Christians their lives, along with another million Assyrian and Greek believers.”