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Between 1915 and the early 1920’s, the word genocide entered the English language. It was orchestrated by the Turkish government to expel Christians from their country by any means necessary. When it ended, 1.5 million Armenian Christians were dead and many more deported. Has the government of Turkey ever acknowledged this period of history or apologized? Far from it. It is still illegal to talk about or even acknowledge the extent of this atrocity in Turkey today.
In the 1940s, MGM wanted to make a movie about it starring Clark Gable. They were threatened by the Turkish government and the movie was never made. Yet history and truth have a way of resurfacing.
The rumor is that a wealthy Armenian left over a million dollars in his will, asking that it be used to make the movie that the Turkish government wanted suppressed. He got his wish.
The movie is called The Promise, starring Christian Bale. Supposedly, there has been a lot of hate mail on social media, trying to keep the ratings down and the discussion to a minimum.
Is there a way to educate the youth who don’t know history? Take them to the movies.
I haven’t seen it yet, but plan to. Let’s have our own movie review.