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Bay Area Armenians Reflect On Genocide Centennial

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As the Ottoman Empire collapsed a century ago, more than a million Armenians died at the hands of Ottoman Turks or from starvation or disease. On Friday, people around the world will commemorate the 100th anniversary of what the Armenians and most historians refer to as a genocide. The Turkish government still rejects that terminology when referring to those events. We'll speak with some Bay Area Armenians about what the anniversary means to them and hear their family stories of survival.


Stephan Astourian, associate adjunct professor of history, UC Berkeley

Sevan Balabanian, granddaughter of four survivors of the genocide

Meline Toumani, author, "There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia, and Beyond"

Grace Andonian, principal of KZV Aremenian School in San Francisco