Today, April 24th is recognized around the world as a day of remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
But the term “genocide” is a controversial one, and not everyone believes the Turkish treatment of the Armenians qualifies as a genocide. To this date, the US government hasn’t officially recognized the Armenian Genocide.
Worcester, with a sizable Armenian population, has always been a hotbed of activity around the issue.
Yesterday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to recognize the genocide; in a statement, Rep. Jim O’Day said, “Worcester is proud to have a thriving Armenian community-a community of families, a community of new generations, a community that remembers. With this community in mind, I was especially proud to co-sponsor this resolution and hope that Congress will adopt it in the spirit of local, national and internationally merit.”
And then there’s this…
A short student film, nominally set in 1915-era Worcester, MA about a father returning to Armenia to rescue his family.