Orphans of the Armenian Genocide with Special Reference to the Georgetown Boys and Girls in Canada

  • Lorne Shirinian
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide book series (PSHG)


The Armenian Genocide that began 100 years ago in April 1915 still fero­ciously haunts Armenians. Although hostilities between Armenians and Turks may have officially ended in 1923, its impact continues to affect deeply generations of Armenians throughout the world. Because the inheri­tor governments of the perpetrator state still deny the Genocide, anger and pain continue to fester.


National Archive Refugee Problem Canadian Citizenship Turkish Republic Turkish Government 
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  • Lorne Shirinian
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Military CollegeKingstonCanada

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