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Although this site presents the current day independent Armenia, one cannot mention Armenia in its current terms alone and leave out Western Armenia, the culturally rich cradle of Armenian civilization, where the Armenian nation lived, created and flourished for over 4000 years.

Human history has seen many losses, many more injustices. Undoubtedly one of the greatest ones of all has been the destruction and loss of epically historic and precious civilization, which thrived for over 4000 years in Armenia's heartland western territories, what's called eastern Turkey today.

In 1915 the Turkish government organized and systematically perpetrated the first genocide of the 20th century, brutally massacring 1.5 million Armenians. The crime was not just directed to the Armenian nation, but to humanity as a whole. In just a few short years, 1.5 million innocent Armenians were slaughtered, and since the crime took place in the Armenian homeland, it also changed the demography of the country.

The following section presents the occupied territories of western Armenia through the lens of a recent visitor. This otherwise personal album of pictures, was donated to this website, to show the world the magnitude and enormity of the Armenian culture in the western Armenian territories (modern day eastern Turkey), and its systematic and continuous destruction and distortion by the successive Turkish governments for the past 90 years, including the current government of Turkey.

The aim of this page is to shed light on the historical facts and encourage dialog and establishment of normal relations between Armenians and Turks, two neighboring nations, for the truth and recognition of the historical injustice and long overdue reparations, can be the only basis of a true, lasting and peaceful future between the two nations. Click here to read more about the Armenia Genocide.



Recently, a Turkish businessman sent an email to his Armenian counterpart, soliciting his business and asking to meet with him during his upcoming visit to the Armenian capital, Yerevan. Below we present the response directed from the Armenian businessman to his Turkish counterpart.
We simply leave you with these lines as we believe they do not need further interpretation.

Dear XXX,

Thank you for writing me about your products and services. In principal, I am interested in your products and in fact, in the coming months I will be needing them on one of my construction projects.

While we could have most probably cooperated as businesspeople of neighboring countries, I cannot, with a clear conscious, do business with a Turkish company or any company operating in or out of Turkey. In the following lines, I will attempt to explain the reasons behind my position.

I am a 3rd generation survivor of the Armenian Genocide. Except for my grandfather and his little brother, who were just boys in 1915, their entire family, including 6 siblings, mother and father, along with our entire village of 350 people, were massacred by regular Turkish army infantrymen, in June of 1915. What happened in my ancestral village in Mush in June of 1915, was very much representative of what was carefully organized and perpetrated by the government of Ottoman Turkey in the entire territory of my 4000 year old homeland.

I have recently visited Western Armenia, called "Eastern Turkey" today, and was appalled to see that in the past 90 years, the successive governments of Turkey, including the current government, have gone through great lengths, to systematically destroy, erase and wipe out, thousands of years of Armenian history and culture from Western Armenia. Hundreds of churches have been blown up, destroyed, neglected; many more have been carefully and cleverly converted to mosques and are being presented to foreign tourists as historic mosques built by Turks 1000-1500 years, ago. Ironically, the invading Turks or their predecessors, the Seljouks, didn't actually arrive in Armenia until the 13th century. In the historic Armenian capital of Ani, only 6 Armenian churches out of more than 40, were left half standing, and are presented as Georgian or Greek churches by the Turkish tourist guides. In the Armenian town of Garin (Erzurum), the two historic Armenian churches located on the city's main square, were both converted to Mosques, presented to tourists as built by Turkish mid century rulers, as the official Turkish Tourism Ministry plaques state.

In recent years, the Turkish government organized the renovation of the Armenian St. Khach Church of Akhtamar in Van. Considering the Turkish government's hostile policy towards the independent eastern part of Armenia and towards the precious Armenian cultural history, considering the continued forceful denial of the Turkish government of the first Genocide of the 20th century, the renovation of the Akhtamar Church, was merely and clearly a political act. The same Turkish government has been, for years and is continuing to today, destroy and misrepresent thousands of other Armenian churches and historical monuments in and around Van and the other Western Armenian provinces. The Akhtamar church was basically a publicity stunt, one that clearly served the Turkish government's interests.

To me, as a human being who belongs to one of the oldest and richest civilizations on earth, it is not just about the brutal genocide perpetrated against my family, my country, my whole nation. It is not just about the loss of the homes and lands my family has owned and flourished on for thousands of years. It is not just about the loss of my 4000 year old homeland and with it, the opportunity I was denied to live, create and prosper peacefully in it. It is about all of that and much more. It is a matter of human dignity and justice. It is a matter of conscious, one that prevents us, businessmen of neighboring countries, from working with each other.

Dear XXX. I don't know you personally and you might not care or might not feel associated with the words I have written to you. Whatever the case, I thank you for taking the time to read these lines, and feel free to forward them on to anyone you think would perhaps understand them and maybe even appreciate them, for I have not a single drop of animosity or vengeance in me towards the Turkish people.

Respectfully yours,
V.A.




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