Forgotten Fire Armenian Genocide

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Many find it difficult to believe that the Armenian Genocide caused over one million deaths while the Holocaust involved seventeen million (Wilson). Most people have heard of the Holocaust and Armenian Genocide; sadly, most individuals do not understand the truth behind these events. Together, these genocides persecuted millions of innocent victims, tearing apart nations. The novel Forgotten Fire explained the events of the Armenian Genocide. Protagonist, Vahan Kenderian, suffered through these unfortunate events from the age of twelve to fifteen. Kenderian’s experience denied him a proper childhood and brought death to his entire family, along with many other individuals within his society. In the novel Forgotten Fire, the main event, the…show more content…
Notably, the Armenian Genocide targeted an indigenous population: the Armenians. During the 1900s, the Ottoman Empire declined, creating enormous internal political and economic pressures. Armenians in the government saw suspicion in Muslim Turks, and, continually, asked for administrative forms. Sultan Abdul Hamid II became frightened by the Armenians, and believed it would be better to destroy them (Adalian). Ottoman political authorities believed the easiest solution would be to ethically dispose the Armenian population. Is this really right? Imagine someone knocked and opened the door of a house. These individuals, political authorities, killed all males in the family, while, taking the rest of the family to a place of death and terror: this event lead to over a million Armenian deaths. During the Holocaust, the Germans viewed a variety of different ethnicities as political enemies and ethnically weak. Adolf Hitler became obsessed with the concept of a pure, German, Aryan race while wanting to maintain political control and expand an empire. His philosophy caused him to kill anyone who prevented this achievement, commonly targeting Jews, Homosexuals, Roma (Gypsies), people with disabilities, Afro-Germans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, so-called enemies, and security risks (“Holocaust”). Obsessions are dangerous; Hitler’s obsession is no understatement. To achieve his desires, he did anything to extend the fullest power of the Aryan race; resultantly, millions of innocent people lost their lives. With these targeted populations, political authorities attacked the people in both genocides using various ethnic cleansing approaches. Vahan declared: “The day, which was only a sliver of light, passed without food or water. On the other side of the bars there was food, on the other side of the boards there was water, but the boards could not be broken, and the
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