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    Children of Armenia

    News from Armenia -
    11:52 / 10/31/2009

    `Children of Armenia' by Michael Bobelian has been just published by
    Simon & Schuster. Over 300-page long edition brings forward the yet
    unresolved problem of Armenian Genocide.
    `Like Native Americans, European Jews and Rwandan Tutsis, Turkish
    Armenians seem to have been in the wrong place at the wrong
    time. `Children of Armenia,' Michael Bobelian's first book, describes
    the Ottoman Empire's 1915 mass extermination of this Christian
    minority without getting bogged down in `G-word' histrionics,' The
    Washington Post reads Oct. 31.
    `The purpose of this book is neither to prove the existence nor affirm
    the veracity of the Genocide,' Bobelian writes: The Armenian
    holocaust is a historical fact.
    `Children of Armenia' focuses on the Turkish nationalism, world war
    weariness, survivor psychology and Cold War squabbling that let the
    world forget the unforgettable. Some will flinch at Bobelian's
    lionization of Gourgen Yanikian, an Armenian who shot two Turks in a
    revenge plot hatched in the 1970s, but the author stumbles only when
    he strays into Armenian exceptionalism, the idea that `no other people
    have suffered such a warped fate - a trivialization of their suffering
    and a prolonged assault on the authenticity of their experience.'
    Bobelian should know that if every culture insists on the supremacy of
    its own suffering,
    the world will only grow more jaded about stopping current
    horrors. Instead, any book about Armenia - no, any exploration of any
    genocide =80' should pose questions relevant to today's ethnic
    cleansings. Otherwise, who will remember the Sudanese? - reads The
    Washington Post.