The Armenian Genocide1915–1918

In the 20th century, the world gained a new word: genocide. Starting in 1915, as many as 1.5 million people were murdered by the Ottoman government in an attempt to exterminate its minority Armenian citizens—one of the first genocides in modern history. The Armenians came to call it Medz Yeghern, “the great crime.”
The genocide was carried out in phases, the first of which was the wholesale slaughter of every able-bodied male Armenian the Ottoman government could find. The second saw women and children forced to march across the wastes of the Syrian desert. In 1915, the New York Times described how Armenians were being forcibly deported from the towns around Cilicia to the desert south of Aleppo. It went on to note that the marches meant certain death, “since they will find neither house, work, nor food in the desert. It is a plan to exterminate the whole Armenian people.”
That the Ottoman government was using the marches themselves as a means of execution is clear. Another New York Times article describes how Armenians were systematically starved and brutalized along the way, many of them resorting to eating “grass, herbs, and locusts, and in desperate cases dead animals and human bodies.” Many were robbed, raped, or murdered by the soldiers supposedly there to guard them.
The Armenian genocide assembled all the diabolical machinery of industrial-scale genocide, including cattle cars, concentration camps, death marches, and government bureaucracy, all foreshadowing an event every bit as brutal: the Holocaust.

The Armenian Genocide
1915–1918

In the 20th century, the world gained a new word: genocide. Starting in 1915, as many as 1.5 million people were murdered by the Ottoman government in an attempt to exterminate its minority Armenian citizens—one of the first genocides in modern history. The Armenians came to call it Medz Yeghern, “the great crime.”

The genocide was carried out in phases, the first of which was the wholesale slaughter of every able-bodied male Armenian the Ottoman government could find. The second saw women and children forced to march across the wastes of the Syrian desert. In 1915, the New York Times described how Armenians were being forcibly deported from the towns around Cilicia to the desert south of Aleppo. It went on to note that the marches meant certain death, “since they will find neither house, work, nor food in the desert. It is a plan to exterminate the whole Armenian people.”

That the Ottoman government was using the marches themselves as a means of execution is clear. Another New York Times article describes how Armenians were systematically starved and brutalized along the way, many of them resorting to eating “grass, herbs, and locusts, and in desperate cases dead animals and human bodies.” Many were robbed, raped, or murdered by the soldiers supposedly there to guard them.

The Armenian genocide assembled all the diabolical machinery of industrial-scale genocide, including cattle cars, concentration camps, death marches, and government bureaucracy, all foreshadowing an event every bit as brutal: the Holocaust.

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