“The term Yeghern, or Medz Yeghern, is the only word that really captures the essence of what happened in 1915. The survivors used that word. It is the only word that could really explain what happened in 1915. In a world without genocide denial, it would be the best word.” –Khatchig Mouradian...Read More →
Like the genocide of the Armenians before it, and the genocide of the Cambodians which followed it—and like too many other such persecutions of too many other peoples—the lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten. –Ronald Reagan (1981)1Read More →
People do not bother to look for attitudes and terminology which will assert their unique identities, but rather opt for popular and widely current formulas. –The Armenian Weekly, editorial (1981)1 ‘Shoah’ or ‘Holocaust’? A crime against humanity may trigger a catastrophe for the victim...Read More →
Yes, until World War II, the Medz Yeghern of 1915 was unprecedented not only in the history of our people, but in the entirety of humankind. An entire people, an entire nation coming from the depths of millennia was killed, was dying. We condemn genocide [genotsid] or zhoghovrtasbanutiun with all ou...Read More →
Towards the metropolis of the Medz Yeghern (Avetis Aharonian, 1918)1 In our previous article, we established that “Medz Yeghern” literally meant “Great Crime” for the survivors of the genocide. It becomes clear that the phrase cannot be arbitrarily translated to a completely different semant...Read More →
“…All those human-like monsters who executed the Medz Yeghern and tainted their hands with the innocent blood of the Armenians.” Yervant Odian (1920) During the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, the word yeghern had already entered dictionaries of Modern Armenian and literary tex...Read More →
‘We want to believe in the victory of Freedom and of tomorrow’s brotherhood, we want to enjoy smiles, we want to strengthen our faith that famine is not eternal, blood is not eternal, yeghern is not eternal.’ E. Aknuni (1910)1 The meaning of yeghern in Classical Armenian (“evil,” “crime...Read More →
Then he stopped and announced, ‘You know, there was on this land a medz yeghern, a great cataclysm,’ as the survivors called the genocide. —Aris Janigian (2009)1 The following spring, the Armenian and Turkish ministries announced that they had agreed on a plan of good relations, which allowed ...Read More →
You may want to know that ‘Meds Yeghern’ does not mean genocide; it means “Great Calamity.” Armenians used that term before the word ‘genocide’ was coined by Raphael Lemkin in the 1940′s. –Harut Sassounian1 These explanatory words appeared after President Barack Obama used “...Read More →
The “Metz Yeghern,” which means “Great Evil” in Armenian, is the name we Armenians use for the genocide. –Robert Attarian (2006)1 The quote comes from a lecture in Italian by the spokesperson for the Consiglio per la comunità armena di Roma (Council of the Armenian Community of Rome) on A...Read More →
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