Cummings Foundation Grant Recipient
BETRAYAL: The Promise Never Kept - Genocide and the West's Secret War for Oil
Shahan Natalie Family Foundation

BETRAYAL: The Promise Never Kept - Genocide and the West's Secret War for Oil

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by Shahan Natalie, Soghomon Tehlirian, Armen Garo, Sylvia Natalie Manoogian, and Ara Khachig Manoogian

At the turn of the 20th century, when the Ottoman and Russian empires were on the verge of collapse, world powers were competing to secure a share of natural resources from those failing states, most notably untapped crude oil. BETRAYAL: The Promise Never Kept is the first publication of its kind that chronicles acts of genocide and the West’s secret war for oil, as it relates to World War I.

Using never before published materials from the archival collection of Shahan Natalie, an 11-year-old genocide survivor and orphan, destined to become a journalist, poet, human rights activist and revolutionary, Betrayal connects the dots to reveal who was truly behind the crimes against humanity, which took the lives of 2.5 million Christian Armenians living in their ancestral home, carried out by the Turks and Germans over a 30-year span of time (1894-1923).

Betrayal also shares the censored memoirs of Soghomon Tehlirian, the assassin of the Turkish world leader, Talaat Pasha, the man who gave the orders to eradicate the Armenian people from the face of the Earth. Included in BETRAYAL are also memoirs, writings, articles and other publications that document the infighting of the Armenian revolutionary organizations, leading up to and following the Armenian Genocide.

Betrayal closes with the on-going struggle for remembrance of the genocidal atrocities committed against the Armenian people. It presents documents from nations who have officially recognized the Armenian Genocide, including Turkey, Russia, England, France, and most notably, the United States of America.

Shahan Natalie Family Foundation (2019)