The grandson of Cemal Pasha, one of the masterminds of the Armenian Genocide issued a book titled “1915: The Armenian Genocide.”
The news was first reported by Istanbul-based Agos weekly and confirmed by journalist Yavuz Baidar on Twitter.
“Armenians in Turkey were Russia-oriented and Turks had to kill them. That’s why the Genocide happened,” Hasan Cemal quotes his grandfather as saying in Munich in 1919.
Cemal is columnist at Milliyet newspaper. In 2008, he visited the Armenian Genocide memorial in Yerevan. His note in the memory book says: “To deny the Genocide would mean to be an accomplice in this crime against humanity.”
Ahmed Cemal Pasha was killed in Tbilisi in July 1922 by Stepan Dzaghigian, Artashes Gevorgyan and Petros Ter Poghosyan as part of Operation Nemesis for his role in the Armenian Genocide. His remains were brought to Erzerum and buried there.
Ayhan Aktar keeps writing about some taboos in our history. One of the stories he tells is about the Dardanelles wars. According to Aktar, one of the heroes of this war was Cpt. Sarkis Torosyan, a citizen of Armenian descent in the Ottoman Empire. Torosyan’s story is a heartbreaking one. Torosyan was a much-decorated gunner wounded while defending the Dardanelles. He was later transferred to the area where his family had been deported, modern-day Palestine. There he discovered his sister in rags and heard his fiancée was dying of tuberculosis. He learned that his parents had been killed along the way. While he was defending his country to the death, his family and loved ones had been forcefully evicted from their homes.
The Armenian Genocide Commemorations in Ottawa brought Armenians, young and old, from multiple cities around the country. The day was cold, we were rained on and the heavens saw it fit to hail on us, but we trudged past all obstacles and stood before the Turkish embassy, demanding the truth to be told and reparations to be made. This is our struggle, this is our cause, and this is what we will fight for until justice is served. The world will finally shed it’s tears…
Slaughter and famine took hold of a race
As barbaric forces sought to destroy a culture’s base
As the powers of this world hushed up this case
The world refused to shed its tears
Mothers and daughters taken unbidden
As children are shot or in harems hidden
Corpses battered, the souls to God given
And yet the world will not shed its tears
Bloated corpses line the Euphrates
The scorching sun the exposed skin grates
As the Devil has determined a whole people’s fates
The world did not shed its tears
Men fought for years and continue still
The youth of this thriving nation won’t rest until
The murderous enemy accepts its sins
The youth of this nation fights and wins
Yet for now, the world has yet to shed its tears