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5.0 out of 5 stars A scholarly and informative book, 21 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Sentinel of Truth : Gourgen Yanikian and the Struggle Against the Denial of the Armenian Genocide (Kindle Edition)
Tigran Kalaydjian, in Sentinel of Truth, has written a scholarly account of one man's struggle against the consignment to the historical basement of a tragic series of events that briefly shook the world and then, through political exigency, were thereafter ignored, and, in many quarters, denied. The Armenian genocide by Turkey between 1915 and 1923 left one and a half million people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced and deported out of an estimated population of 2.1 million Armenians. Responsibility for perpetrating the murders, deportations and thefts of property has never been accepted by Turkey, which state, having been discovered, metaphorically, in a sealed room with a corpse at its feet and a smoking pistol in its hand, obdurately continues to disclaim responsibility for the crime to this day, aided and abetted shamelessly by Britain, the United States et al who have hidden their collusion behind unconvincing definitions of genocide. One of the consequences of the perpetrator never having been compelled to offer either apology or redress has been that millions of hapless citizens throughout the world were to become hostages to fortune at the hands of other unscrupulous states and leaders from that time on.

This, then, is the background. The story, however, as recounted and analysed by Tigran Kalaydjian - an Armenian whose paternal family escaped to Cyprus at the time of the genocide - is about Gourgen Yanikian, who also escaped the genocide, in his case to the United States. The first priority of this sensitive, intellectual man had always been to expose Turkish lies, en route to which he became a highly successful engineer, author, film producer and traveller. However, building up inside him was a rage for which he could find no legitimate outlet - and so, in his seventies, he planned and executed an act of extreme violence, the consequences of which he made no attempt to escape in order to draw attention at his trial to what he considered to have been the crime of the century.

Sentinel of Truth was originally published in Armenia and is lodged with the Government of the Republic of Armenia in its national library. Extremely well researched and written, with some of the source material being revealed for the first time, it carries illustrations, maps and a useful bibliography.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Armenian people, 20th Century history, United States jurisprudence, the triumph of the state over the individual and the paucity of morality in modern day politics; also, for the general reader, as an informative and heart-rending factual account of a little known chapter in European history.
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