Church bells ring in a corner of Turkey once the site of Armenian genocide

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Arahim Demirciyen stands outside the reconsecrated St. Giorgos church in Diyarbakair, Turkey. Photo by Gil Shefler

Arahim Demirciyen stands outside the reconsecrated St. Giorgos church in Diyarbakair, Turkey. Photo by Gil Shefler

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(RNS) The reopening of what church officials say is the largest Armenian place of worship in southeastern Turkey is part of a re-evaluation by Kurdish Muslims of the active role their ancestors played in the killings of minorities including Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks and Jews in the twilight years of the Ottoman Empire.

  • Leo

    Germany is still making amends to the Jews and the state of Israel. Turkey should follow in its footsteps. I buy no Turkish goods because of this holocaust.

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  • Irene B. Conti

    I am looking for some kind of birth certificate or baptism of my mother: Shamiram Balley born in Diyabarkir 26 February 1911. She left with her father Sinharib Balley and her mother Lucia Shopshopian. My sister and I are trying to find our ancestry. Thank you for any help you may give us. Irene.