“It is generally not known in the world that, in the years preceding 1916, there was a concerted effort to eliminate all the Armenian people, probably one of the greatest tragedies that ever befell any group. And there weren’t any Nuremberg trials”(Carter, 1987). Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth president of the United States, said this quote at the White House reception honoring Armenian Americans in May of 1978. It shows how little is known about the Armenian Genocide and that the survivors never received closure like the Holocaust survivors did with the Nuremberg Trials. During the Armenian Genocide, which lasted from 1915 until 1916, 1.2 million Armenians were brutally murdered.
During the early 20th century, a series of events in the Middle East culminated in the mass killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire. This event is now referred to as the Armenian Genocide. While many countries and international organizations recognize the killing of the Armenians by the Turks as genocide, there is still much denial and dispute that the Armenian Genocide even happened, particularly on the part of Turkey. Even though it happened one hundred years ago, the consequences of the Genocide and its acceptance or denial can still be seen today, in international relations, political alliances, and modern-day tensions. Although it is impossible to hide what happened in 1915, the Armenian Genocide
An important part of a genocide, on the side of the perpetrator, acts as the structural changes of the society. The perpetrators in genocides use polarization, preparation, and persecution to separate the victims from the rest of society. In the Armenian Genocide, every step taken before the genocide helped the Turks seem justified when the killing of the Armenians began. Therefore, polarization, preparation, and persecution stand very importantly in the formation of the Armenian Genocide.
The Armenian Genocide was the first genocide of the 20th century. Yet, with over a million and half lives to be accounted for, this genocide has little to no recognition. For the past three centuries , the Armenians have inhabited the Caucasus region of Eurasia . During the 15th century it was absorbed into the Ottoman empire . The Ottoman rulers were Muslims along with most of their subjects .
The word exterminate is often used when referring to the elimination of unwanted pests insect or animal that intrudes upon an area. Even then the removal or elimination of such creatures never reaches the point of total extinction. The reason behind this is simple, a universal train of thought that no one has the right to remove a species or totally destroy organisms on this planet. However, when the word exterminates is applied to humans it takes on a totally different meaning one that strikes horror in civilizations. The word extinct or exterminate is replaced with genocide when it refers to the intentional or deliberate destruction of a group of people because of nationality, race, or religion.
In Peter Balakian’s bestseller, The Burning Tigris, the topic of the Armenian Genocide is heavily discussed. In the book, Balakain describes the horrors that were wrecked upon the Armenian people during the years of World War 1. In the beginning of the book, the history of the Armenians social decline in the Ottoman Empire is described. This decline is soon followed by the intentional killing of the Armenian people. After stories of mass shootings, death marches, and mass drownings reached the United States in the 1890’s, a public outcry prompted human rights activist and the Red Cross to take charge.
Introduction The Cambodian Genocide is one of the least known, yet most tragic and deadly genocides that happened in the 20th century. With the aim to restore the glory of pre-colonial times, which was to be achieved by purifying the Cambodian population, from 1975 to 1979 the Khmer Rouge regime killed between two and three million of the 8 million population (Kissi, 2004). The victims of the regime were the Vietnamese minority, which was completely swept out of the country by deportations or mass killing, the Cham Muslims and Buddhists, who were either completely transformed or massacred, and half of the half million large Chinese community, which was either worked to death or deported (Kissi, 2004).
The Christian Kingdom of Armenia and the Muslim Ottoman Empire had been neighbors for centuries. Tensions arose once Armenia merged into their bordering Empire in the fifteenth century. Turkish and Armenian nationalities became ruled under one territory, and a clear foreshadowing of a severe confrontation arose. History has proven that the intertwinement of different religions does not produce peace and harmony, but rather the opposite. Taner Akçam is one of the first Turkish scholars to openly acknowledge and discuss the Armenian Genocide.
I wish to address you about a serious matter, a pressing issue that has been a topic of discussion for many years now- genocide. It has been brought to my attention recently that you are a spokesperson for Turkish Airlines, an airline funded by the Turkish government. Although much of your undeniable success is due to hard work, the opportunities one takes throughout their lifetime say lots about character. The Ottoman Empire, on the evening of April 24th, 1915, started rounding up all Armenian intellectuals within their reach and began killing them. April 24th was the day the Armenian genocide commenced.
Genocide has happened all around the world from Guatemala to East Timor. Many missions to stop genocide had failed. In addition, more than twenty-three genocides have happened(Document E). It has happened since 1904 all the way to present day in Iran. So what makes us think that we can stop it now?
The Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaust, the Great Calamity, and the Armenian Massacre, was the organized killing of nearly 1.5 million Armenians. It occurred in the Ottoman Empire, present day Turkey, where 2 million Armenians lived. The Armenian Genocide is the second-most studied massacre, after the Nazi Holocaust. Aurora Mardiganian was the daughter of a poor Armenian Family. She witnessed the deaths of her family members and she was forced to walk over 1,400 miles when she was deported from her home into a concentration camps.