Friday, April 24, 2015

WBUR's Tom Ashbrook, Eric Bogosian, Litty Mathew & Martin Haroutunian: The Armenian Genocide Story after 100 Years

This week Marash Girl went to the dental hygienist.  As the hygienist prepared her tools for the cleaning, she tried to make idle chit chat.  

Marash Girl had the Armenian Genocide on her mind, the relatives she had lost in that genocide, the loss of land, the murders of her great grandparents . . .  she won't go on . . . so Marash Girl cut through the idle chit chat and said to the hygienist, "This year is the 100th year commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. It began 100 years ago on Friday, April 24th."

"Oh, yeah," answered the hygienist, as if genocide was an everyday occurrence, as if her patients always brought up the subject of genocide.  "There have been lots of genocides."

It would have done her well to listen to WBUR yesterday morning when Tom Ashbrook (On Point) discussed the Armenian Genocide with writers Eric Bogosian and Litty Mathew, and musician Martin Haroutunian . . . It's still not too late!  Here's the link for the hygienist and any of the rest of you who missed the show.

Thanks to WBUR's Bruce Gellerman ( for this morning's  coverage
 of the Armenian Genocide and the Armenians in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Remembering The Armenian Genocide 100 Years Ago Holds Special Significance In Watertown

God protect the Armenians demonstrating today in Taksim Square, Istanbul Turkey.


  1. Hi family -- This morning, I said a special prayer of thanks for Medzmama, Medzpapa, Grandpa, Grandma's family, and all of our family members who survived and came over here so we could have such wonderful lives in this country!! I also thanked God for all the people who helped them along the way.

    I was remembering how we used to go down to the Connecticut river at the greenhouse in Holyoke and place flowers in the water in memory of our relatives.

    Love and hugs to all of you!

    Love, N

  2. A Friend From Munich, GermanyApril 24, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    I am thinking still the whole day that it is the 100 year commemoration day of Armenian genocide.
    There was a memorial debate in Berlin in the German Bundestag (= parliament) and the president of parliament Norbert Lammert also used the word "Völkermord" (genocide) right at beginning. So it is irreversible.

  3. Thank you Marash Girl for bringing much needed genocide awareness to a world that is still deaf, blind, numb, and dumb. Raphael Lemkin asked his mother a simple question: "Why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of a single individual?"