Talk:The Forty Days of Musa Dagh

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Source for details on the novel's reception: bautz.de/bbkl/w/werfel.shtml (de)—Preceding unsigned comment added by Tickle me (talk) • contribs) 18:45, 15 August 2005 (UTC)

This page delves upon the incident rather than the novel itself which is fictional. We should move most of the information about the event to the Musa Dagh page. Also, the witness in this page who remarks that they stayed at the mountain for only 40 days damages his own credibility. The resistance at Musa Dagh lasted for 53 days not 40. Werfel selected 40 days because of its biblical significance. --MarshallBagramyan 03:16, 1 January 2006 (UTC)

The book was never banned in Germany[edit]

MarshallBagramyan, what's your source for this edit? --tickle me 00:51, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

Hi Tickle me, its from a TIME Magazine article titled "Armenian Epic" and dated back to Dec. 3 1934, when they were first reviewing the book. Here's an excerpt from the article:

Not all his Turks are smoothly smiling villains nor all his Armenians embattled heroes. More than a stirring tale, a passionate defense of a persecuted minority, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh has implications that make it unwelcome in Germany.*

... The Forty Days of Musa Dagh is the December choice of the Book-of-the-Month Club.

*Not actually banned by the Hitler Government, it is listed as "undesirable," is sold only surreptitiously. --MarshallBagramyan 23:06, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

The Turkish government's denial of the Armenian Genocide is predicated upon its wish to hide that nation's most shameful act of racism, murder, and ethnic cleansing from the rest of the world and history itself. The fact that a 70 year old best selling book about the Genocide is STILL, to this day, in print, is just another in a long line of thorns that keep their denial machine in constant motion. The statement that Werfel was "duped" is dishonest and blatantly false. His research is well documented through contemporary sources, including Werfel's own writings and that of his wife. The author put several YEARS of research into the book. For anyone to claim that the subject matter of an epic of such magnitude was, in essence, "made up" based on just one account is an unfortunate act of desperation. Are the records of several French warships and its officers "made up" as well? Perhaps Elli Wiesel waa "duped" when he wrote the forward to the French language version of The Forty Days of Musa Dagh. The Turkish denial would be laughable were it not for the horrific subject matter.

A new book has just been relased: Musa Dagh, by Edward Minasian. It is very well researched, and tells the story of the battle of Musa Dagh, Werfels novel, and Hollywood's attempt at making a movie starring Clark Gable.—Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.3.183.191 (talk) 03:14, 5 July 2007 (UTC)

Yes it WAS banned in Germany, from 1935 to 1945! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.196.251.252 (talk) 13:45, 2 December 2007 (UTC)

Any more information about the movie _The forty days of Musa Dagh_?[edit]

Is it available? Was it shown in many cinemas in the U.S. or in Europe? Has it ever been broadcasted on TV? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.173.168.185 (talk) 04:58, 4 December 2007 (UTC)