William Saroyan’s famous quote about Armenian Genocide by Turkey, published in 1936 is powerful and relevant to this day:
“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race: this small tribe of unimportant people whose history is ended, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, whose literature is unread, whose music is unheard, whose prayers are no longer uttered. Go ahead, destroy this race. Let us say that it is again 1915, there is war in the world. Destroy Armenia. See if you can do it. Send them from their homes into the desert. Let them have neither bread nor water. Burn their houses and their churches. See if they will not live again. See if they will not laugh again. See if you can stop them from mocking the big ideas of the world. ... Go ahead, try to destroy them. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a new Armenia.”
Spoken by William Saroyan in the 1991 documentary, “William Saroyan: The Man, The Writer.” Learn more at www.SaroyanDocumentaryFilm.com
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