In April 1915, the Armenian people experienced their Way to Calvary. Since then many books have been written about that tragic event.
This work is a compilation of what has been written thus far in books and other publications. We do not intend to present here an epic literary or political work. Rather, we have endeavored to tender our modest share of tribute to the one and a half million victims who perished during the largest-scale atrocity of the twentieth century, to a people whose ancestors were the first in the world to accept Christianity as their national religion -- the Armenian martyrs of the Turkish genocide.
It is said that the foremost criminals in the annals of history received their due punishment at the Nuremberg trials. But, can it be that these same judges were not aware that a more heinous and terrible crime, in defiance of both human and divine precepts, had already been committed, which intended to exterminate an entire nation from infants up through elders at prayer; to burn children and youths, to brutally rape angelically pure young maidens; to behead the young men and to force a Christian people to abandon their faith? Such horrible barbaric incidents had occurred before and after Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, but there had never been a systematic slaughter of a whole race. Indeed, people were massacred whose population numbered many millions more than the Armenians. But history had yet to record a. crime where more than half a nation's population was massacred. And that crime was committed in sight of the great powers and the civilized world! The bloodthirsty Turk massacred more than one and a half million people, their intellectuals, clergymen, scholars, musicians and other men of art, without mercy even for those Armenian architects who had built and decorated the mosques for their religious worship.
Five years ago, in 1965, the fiftieth anniversary of the Turkish Genocide of the Armenian people was commemorated throughout various parts of the world. The Memorial Day was observed by solemn religious and civil ceremonies. Along with representatives of the Armenian people, world-famous personalities and statesmen of many countries participated in that great Day of Mourning. A Day of Mourning, no more and no less. However.no sooner was the observance over than everything was forgotten. But we must not remain silent and appear to abandon our just cause for the sake of diplomacy. It is imperative to keep the Armenian Cause alive through words and print. More importantly, we should organize through universities, newspapers, television and whatever other means, a vigorous campaign against the barbarous Turks until they acknowledge their genocidal deed.
In 1915, Talaat, the Turkish Minister of the Interior and one of the leading perpetrators, declared: "For fifty years there will be no Armenian Question . . . . " But now, we declare to Talaat's successors, that not fifty but fifty-five years have passed and the Armenian Question still stands. New champions of the Armenian Cause, new Gladstones, Bryces, Lepsius' or Wilsons will emerge to sponsor this brave people's appeal before the world and the United Nations. Justice must be rendered to the Armenian people.