Anzac Day as a mass celebration is a relatively recent phenomenon. Brigid Delaney traces the shifting sentiment towards a commemoration of loss
In the beginning the commemorations were modest.
Guardian Australia’s photographer Mike Bowers is in Gallipoli on the eve of Anzac Day. His photographs show events on and around the former battlefields in the days leading up to Saturday 25 April 2015, which is the centenery of the Anzac landings
Grandchildren and great grandchildren of those targeted in the massacres recount their ancestors’ stories and reflect on how the genocide in 1915 shaped their family history and culture
Movses Haneshyan was five years old in 1915 when the mass deportations began. Now he wants Turkey to recognise the genocide before he dies
Turkey denies that the deaths constituted genocide and say the death toll has been inflated. Obama has avoided using the term since becoming president given the importance of Turkey as an ally. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will attend a ceremony in …
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday (15 April) warned that Turkey would ignore any decision by the European Parliament qualifying the 1915 killings of Armenians in World War I as genocide, saying such recognition would go “in one ear and out from the other”.
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The White House | Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release April 24, 2014
Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day
Today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern and honor those who perished in one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. We recall the horror of what happened ninety-nine years ago, when 1.5 million Armenians were massacred or marched to their deaths in the final days of the Ottoman Empire, and we grieve for the lives lost and the suffering endured by those men, women, and children. We are joined in solemn commemoration by millions in the United States and across the world. In so doing, we remind ourselves of our shared commitment to ensure that such dark chapters of human history are never again repeated.
WASHINGTON — The White House urged on Tuesday “a full, frank and just acknowledgment” of the Armenian genocide a century after the deaths of as many as 1.5 million people, but once again refused to use the word genocide.