Ever made a really important promise that you couldn’t keep – like the promise young John Avedisian made to his dying mother, that he would protect his sister Anna no matter what? Trouble is that sometimes circumstances make it nearly impossible to keep those cherished promises. In the case of John, that promise he couldn’t keep would haunt him for years to come.
Ever wonder if you could become a racist? Say for example that a particular group of people did something terrible to you or those you love that could stir up feelings of hate and anger to the point that you would generalize an entire people for say, the misdeeds of some? It brings to mind what young John Avedisian felt towards Ahmed who happened to be a Turk. That all John knew, was that Ahmed was a good and kind man. In my own family I remember the story well of how good and honorable Turks, despite the risk to themselves, hid my family during massacres that were a prelude to the full blown Armenian Genocide. How can I blame an entire people for the misdeeds of some?