The reason for this letter is in response to The Bee article “Armenian Genocide Resonates through three Generations of Fresno family” (April 19): It is touching, the way Sarkis Sahatdjian has tried to keep Armenian history and culture alive through generations within his family. One can only imagine how difficult it can be to try to teach younger generations about a history that has been denied for so long.
The failure to recognize this event as a genocide by the Turkish and U.S. governments is the same as denying the Armenian people of a very important part of their history. With this denial, they are being deprived of their cultural freedom, which is exactly what they were fighting for about 100 years ago.
Clearly the fight is not over. The Armenian genocide deserves recognition from our government for many reasons, but one of the most important being so that it can be taught in schools. By teaching this in our schools, this will help educate many people on what really happened as well as help preserve the Armenian culture.
Most importantly, history repeats itself for those who not learn about it. Our society needs more people like Mr. Sahatdjian to speak out about their personal experiences and history. May we never forget the Armenian genocide or deny any other culture of their history.