The Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the 20th century, resulted in a major exodus of nearly an entire population. This event is still largely ignored by the Turkish government, those responsible for the horrific incident that led to the deaths and deportations of millions of Armenians. Throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century, Armenians were pushed from their native origins in Turkey as a result of a brutal genocide, which consequently led to their escape to the United States to seek a better life through economic opportunities and avoiding persecution. Armenians experienced push factors to immigrate to America through the opportunity of a better life as well as the influx of new economic prospects. In the 16th century,
In 1711 the colony passed a bill restoring the names of the accused and paid 600 euros in restitution to the heirs. However, not all victims’ families wanted their accused members named. In 1957 the state of Massachusetts officially apologized for the trials and cleared the names of the remaining victims that were not in 1711 law. Colonists were ashamed and remorseful for the trials. Judge Samuel Sewall confessed his errors and issued a public apology.
Pertaining to a even earlier genocide than the Bosnian Genocide, one might refer to the Armenian genocide, which actually inspired Raphael Lemkin to define the style of mass predetermined killing. The Armenian genocide resulted in the death of over 1.5 million Armenians. It took place during World War I from 1914 to 1923, in the Ottoman Empire which is present day Turkey. The roots for such hatred can be traced back to dates as early as 1555. The Ottoman Empire negates the fact that this was a Genocide, but sees it as a way to combat the paramilitary groups that were rising up in
Known as the Joan of Arc of Armenians, Aurora was a valiant Armenian American who has represented victims of the Armenian Genocide. At only fifteen- years old, Aurora witnessed the murder of her brother and father and took part in the immense deportation of many Armenians in which Armenians were forced to walk miles and miles over scorching, hot deserts without food or water. One day in the Syrian Desert, the Turks garnered a group of girls and planned to crucify sixteen of them. Aurora was the seventeen girl in line and she escaped from horde of weak and suffering Armenians, but later, slave traders captured and sold her to harems of the Turkish officials who viciously tortured her until she escaped from their hands. With nowhere to go, Aurora traveled for eighteen months through the Dersim Mountains, until a group of American missionaries found
The Armenian Genocide caused generations of pain and loss of the rich heritage of the Armenians. Not only did the genocide cause major human losses, but also caused a major psychological and moral blow at the attempt to exterminate the Armenian nation from the root. The Armenian Genocide resulted with around 1.5 million Armenians massacred, with only around half a million surviving the genocide. The loss of family, friends and the Armenian community, the genocide had a staggering blow on the Armenian race. The survivors escaped with merely their lives and the horrid memories of the cruel and inhumane nature of the Young Turks.
In the movie Ararat by Atom Egoyan, it tell the story of the creation of a movie meant to shed light on the tragedy that was the Armenian genocide. A tragedy widely unacknowledged by most of the world. It also explores tragedy in the characters lives separate from the film, and how they respond to those tragedies. One character who gives an interesting response to tragedy is the customs agent, David. David learns about the Armenian genocide while interrogating the main character of the movie Rafi, upon his return to Canada from Turkey.
The Holocaust vs the Armenian genocide What do the death of over six million Jews and the death of over one and a half million Armenians have in common? Genocide. Genocide is one of the ultimate crimes in modern society and in humanity. While all genocides are horrible events in history they do have some distinct differences from one to another. Genocides tear apart families, ethnicities, and countries while they are are happening and for many years to come.
Armenian genocide, Ottoman Empire[edit source | edit] The Armenian genocide began in 1915 when the Turkish government planned to wipe out Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. About 2 million Armenians were killed and many more were removed from the country by force.  Demographic effects[edit source | edit] During the Armenian genocide, at least 60,000 youth were transferred to many different places.
This tragedy could and should have been prevented but neither the United Nations nor the United States had the courage to help the 800 thousand innocent people who were viciously slaughtered whom were completely helpless. In 1916 the country of
Anglophone people are denied jobs, education, and basic human rights while our land is looted for natural resources. This past Christmas, one of my aunts and her children narrowly escaped death as their village was burned to the ground by the government. Luckily, her and her 5 children were able to make it to safety in neighboring villages. Unfortunately, her husband was separated from them amidst the chaos. We have not heard from him since.
After being denied food and water as well as being beaten during the march, the Armenians were forced to just walk under the scorching sun until they dropped dead from exhaustion and dehydration. Those who survived were thrown off of cliffs, buried alive, or drowned (United Human Rights Council). Many local Turks who took over the homes and villages of the Armenians decided to spare some young children by forcing them to reject Christianity and become Muslims. However, with no help from the rest of the world, the Armenians managed to fight back by acquiring weapons and revolted the Turkish invasion known as the battle of Sardarabad; this saved the surviving population from complete extinction. Additionally, the body count of Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire before World War I was two million.
An experience that has profoundly influenced my identity as a person is the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The phrase “Our Wounds are Still Open” speaks directly to the minds and hearts of all Armenians. In 1915, the Turkish government systematically expelled Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire and massacred 1.5 million Armenians. While I was born in America, my parents taught me about my cultural heritage, history, and language. April 24, 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Hoover had veteran support before the removal of the protestors, after the protest, “Hoover also lost support of the VFW [Veterans of Foreign Wars] and the American Legion, both of which condemned Hoover’s actions in local newspapers throughout the country” (Keaney 2). William R. Rice, the commander of an American Legion post, sarcastically complimented Hoover on revealing his, “sadistic principles of government,” to the nation (Lisio 39). Additionally, the Veterans Central Rank and File Committee, ridiculed the unjust treatment of the protestors, stating, “We got bullets in 1917. Many of us [veterans] were maimed and crippled for life.
Denying to label what happened to the Armenians as a genocide set a standard for future genocides, like the Holocaust, to occur. The Armenian Genocide is the extermination and mass deportation of ethnic Armenians living within the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I from 1915-1917. People were separated by gender, age, and capability, then taken to sites where they were killed, tortured, or worked to death. These methods used to torment and eliminate Armenians influenced the execution of the Holocaust.