8 Stages Of Genocide Essay

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GENOCIDE Genocide means any act committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethical, racial or religious group. The word was created by Raphael Lemkin who dedicated his life to make genocide recognized as a crime. There are multiple ways to commit genocide including killing members of the group and deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in a whole or in whole or in part. Genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law. There are essentially 8 stages of genocide, classification, symbolization, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, extermination, and denial. In the following paragraphs …show more content…

This incident was called the Armenian genocide. In 1908, a nationalist reform group called the ‘Young Turks’ forced the Sultan to implement a constitutional government and a guarantee of basic rights to all. Then the Young Turks overthrew this government in 1913, angling to unite all Turkish people and expand their empire through the Caucasus and into Central Asia. They sought to create a new empire, called Turan, with one language and one religion. The government branded the Christian Armenians as ‘infidels,’ and Islamic extremists staged violent anti-Armenian demonstrations throughout the region. While the world was focused on battle in Europe, the Ottoman Empire began a systematic campaign to eliminate the Armenian people within its borders. Ottoman authorities created a propaganda campaign claiming that Armenians were a threat to national security, in part because of some Armenians’ support of Russia in the ongoing World War. Armenians were arrested, tortured, and killed. The women and girls were raped and some were kidnapped into a life of sexual servitude. The genocide ended in 1923 and Turkey’s new leader Mustafa Kemal and expelled all remaining Armenians. The Armenian genocide influenced Hitler’s quest to eliminate the

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