Film on Armenian Genocide wins praise in Germany, outrages the Turks

Turkish MP Canan Arıtman, demanded an explanation from Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as to how come a documentary by German director telling about the Armenian Genocide was shown on German television. “Aghet: Nation Murder” is a documentary made by German filmmaker Eric Friedler that “compellingly proves the absolute truth of the genocide of the Armenian people” ( writes the Center for Armenian Remembrance ).

The film was aired last weekend throughout Germany and has received exceptional praise. Using the actual words of 23 German, American and other nationals who witnessed the events, and armed with archival materials, his film expertly takes on the challenge that PM Erdogan hurled at the world by stating: “Prove it!” Of course Turkey reacted in a predictable manner. Presuming that the state has a right to ban the broadcasting of any film on national television, Aritman raised questions like “Why was the German Ambassador to Turkey not summoned to the Turkish Foreign Office on the occasion?”, “Why weren’t the German authorities informed that the film might cause damage to German-Turkish relations?”, or “Is the Turkish State’s silence in response to statements on the Armenian Genocide its political concept?”

Not so surprisingly, it seems that the wealth of image and film documents gathered from archives as distant as Moscow and Washington, did not impress the closed minds of the Turkish people. Director Friedler stated that his new findings surprised even those who were providing him expert advice. Some incidents, such as the ostentatious 1943 reburial in Turkey of the remains of Talaat Pasha, who was murdered in Berlin in 1921, is shown for the first time ever. Aghet, meaning "Calamity" in Armenian, has been produced by Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR, North German Broadcasting) and addresses the political motives of the Genocide and the silence that continues to this day.

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