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Remains of the Sword: Armenian Orphans
Produced by: Dorian Jones
Ninety years ago, up to 1.5 million Armenians were deported and died at the hands of the Ottoman rulers of Turkey. But it is believed that Turkish families saved thousands of orphaned Armenian children secretly. Some children who had been adopted were then forcibly taken away from their Turkish families by foreign troops and sent to orphanages in Europe. Until now, the very existence of the children has remained largely an untold story, buried along with those who died between 1915 and 1916. But their family members are slowly uncovering the stories of those Armenian orphans. The issue still remains extremely contentious, and the story of Armenian orphans is now becoming one of most sensitive and emotionally charged issues in Turkish society. Producer Dorian Jones exposes how descendants of Armenian orphans are discovering their family histories.

Program Credits

Remains of the Sword: Armenian Orphans was produced by Dorian Jones.

Resources

Links:
Obituary: Hrant Dink
BBC News wrote about the life and death of Hrant Dink, the journalist interviewed in the documentary

Armenian National Institute
Resources and information about the Armenian genocide

United Human Rights Council
Gives a history of the Armenian people and their interaction with Turkey.

Turkey argues the US on Armenian Genocide Bill
An article about why Turkey does not want the U.S. to recognize the Armenian genocide.

Books:
Vahan's Triumph: Autobiography of an Adolescent Survivor of the Armenian Genocide
by: Vahan Hamamdjian 2004
A story of how an orphaned Armenian boy was able to survive following the genocide.

Nobody's Child
by: Marsha Forchuk Forchuk Skrypuch 2003
The story of a group of Armenian orphans and their attempts to reunite with family members.

The Daydreaming Boy
by: Micheline Aharonian Marcom 2004
An account of the Armenian genocide in the form of a novel.

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