By Betty Apigian Kessel
DETROIT — The local Armenian Democratic League (ADL) and Tekeyan Cultural Association always manage to present an interesting array of people and topics to educate and entertain the local community in honor of Armenian Cultural Month. Their October 1 presentation of “Aghet: A Genocide,” was the perfect beginning. The film was shown at the Alex and Marie Manoogian Day School in Southfield.
The German production, described as a world-class documentary, had been at the top of my list as a “must see” because I had heard from California connections what a magnificent, factual film it was. My desire to view “Aghet” was further enhanced knowing it had created great consternation for the Turks, causing them to parade in protest of the film’s graphic content. It left no doubt as to the culpability of their Ottoman predecessors.
The film’s content was derived from German archives and was very graphic. They began by showing the slain body of Hrant Dink as he laid in the street, his body covered with a sheet, shot in the back by a cowardly Turk. I can finally say, “God bless the Germans.” My non-Armenian husband emphasized I should write that it is absolutely essential for everyone to see “Aghet.” He saw how visibly shaken I was at the film’s conclusion, and my useless attempt to suppress tears. After decades of marriage to an Armenian, he knows well the history of Armenia and the Turkish massacre of his father-in-law’s family in Keghi.
“Aghet” has complete credibility. How fortunate for us that the German archives contained such valuable material, only adding to authenticity of the Genocide. The Turks can’t say the Armenians fabricated all this visual evidence.