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Eric Bogosian book tracks genocide reprisal

Eric Bogosian at Tuesday’s event.
Eric Bogosian at Tuesday’s event.

Woburn-raised actor-writer Eric Bogosian spoke briefly Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge about his book “Operation Nemesis,” an account of the plot to kill the leaders of the Ottoman Turk Empire responsible for the Armenian Genocide begun in 1915. Bogosian (above), whose parents are Armenian, has a lengthy resume that includes the play (and subsequent film) “Talk Radio,” three novels, and a leading role on “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” “Operation Nemesis,” his first work of nonfiction, will be published in April, the 100th anniversary of the genocide in which more than 1 million Armenians died and countless more were deported from eastern Turkey. (Bogosian’s book tracks the efforts of a small band of Armenians to track down and assassinate several of the leaders of the Ottoman Empire, including Interior Minister Talaat Pasha, who escaped Turkey after the fall of the regime in 1918.) Turkish-born Taner Akcam, a professor at Clark University and a leading authority on the Armenian Genocide, also spoke Tuesday, focusing on the rescue of Armenian women and orphans by the League of Nations in the years following the genocide.

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