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Art versus Genocide – Armenian Survival

Nouritza Matossian, a writer of seminal biographies and daughter of genocide survivors asks a burning question. Why did it take a hundred years for the world to recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915 by the Young Turks in the Ottoman Empire?

A million and a half citizens were uprooted, tortured, killed, robbed of goods and lands. Most countries condemn ‘the first genocide of the 20th century, yet England and the USA support Turkey in their denial.

Nouritza argues that surviving artists transformed their traumas and raped culture into modern masterpieces. Arshile Gorky, Alan Hovhannes, Aram Khatchaturian, William Saroyan, Charles Aznavour, Sergei Parajanov helped defeat genocide.

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