Turkish official teasing starved Armenian children by showing bread during the Armenian Genocide, 1915

By RHP | Posted on: December 1, 2013 | Updated on: June 15, 2014
Turkish official teasing starved Armenian children by showing bread during the Armenian Genocide, 1915

Turkish official teasing starved Armenian children by showing bread during the Armenian Genocide, 1915

The Armenian Genocide also known as the Armenian Holocaust, and traditionally among Armenians, as the Great Crime was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects from their historic homeland in the territory constituting the present-day Republic of Turkey. It took place during and after World War I and was implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and forced labor, and the deportation of women, children, the elderly and infirm on death marches to the Syrian Desert. The total number of people killed as a result has been estimated at between 1 and 1.5 million. Even today, almost a century later, the Euphrates River is filled with the bones of dead Armenians. The Assyrians, the Greeks and other minority groups were similarly targeted for extermination by the Ottoman government, and their treatment is considered by many historians to be part of the same genocidal policy.

It is acknowledged to have been one of the first modern genocides, as scholars point to the organized manner in which the killings were carried out to eliminate the Armenians, and it is the second most-studied case of genocide after the Holocaust. The word genocide was coined in order to describe these events.

The starting date of the genocide is conventionally held to be April 24, 1915, the day when Ottoman authorities arrested some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople. Thereafter, the Ottoman military uprooted Armenians from their homes and forced them to march for hundreds of miles, depriving them of food and water, to the desert of what is now Syria. Massacres were indiscriminate of age or gender, with rape and other sexual abuse commonplace. The majority of Armenian diaspora communities were founded as a result of the Armenian genocide.

Turkey, the successor state of the Ottoman Empire, denies the word genocide is an accurate description of the events. In recent years, it has faced repeated calls to accept the events as genocide. To date, twenty countries have officially recognized the events of the period as genocide, and most genocide scholars and historians accept this view.

Actually Turkey recognizes the deaths but disagree on the motive. Turkey recognizes that there have been deaths, but they also assert that genocide was never a motive. There are also state archive records of punishments of Turkish officials who were cruel to the migrating Armenian people. The reason for moving the Armenian people was the Armenian bands who collaborated with invading Russian troops.

The current Armenian claim is that the motive was genocide, much like the Nazi Germany. This point is what Turkey doesn’t agree upon. AFAIK they haven’t disputed the deaths or cruelty towards Armenians. They argue it just wasn’t a state policy to do so, it was individual zealots/psychopaths – who were punished (by hanging) when they were found guilty.

21 thoughts on “Turkish official teasing starved Armenian children by showing bread during the Armenian Genocide, 1915

    1. Harstavr

      Your problem is his leg or the sheer horror of this genocide you ignoramus?

      1. Davis Hansen

        what u called genocide is based on a couple of lies , also amazing number of documents in uk and russian archives that unquestionably supports that turk are the real people who was faced with genocide.

        1. Adam

          Yeah right, that’s a good one though! That’s like saying the Germans faced genocide

      2. CDK

        It has been proven that this is a badly done photoshop. Oxford Press, the publisher of the donald bloxham’s book ‘the great game of genocide. imperialism, nationalism and the destruction of the ottoman armenians’” acknowledged this manipulation and agreed to destroy the copies of the book at their hands.


    There are plenty of such forged so called “historic pictures” aimed at convincing the general opinion that there was an “Armenian genocide”. Such actions (fakes, distortions, omissions, etc) can only harm the ultimate goal of the Armenian geno-club industry which is to impose biased views on historical facts. Establishing a committee of international historians on the Armenian question is the only answer for a fair and impartial approach to the events occurred in 1915.

    1. Harstavr

      What there is plenty of, is evidence that this is a historical reality, that the Turks did many similar things to others, that they are refusing to admit it and apologise and hence they should never be let into Europe until they do so. Also, they still behave like thugs and bullies to all their neighbours and you are clearly deluded in being an Armenian genocide denier. Even if it were feasible to create such a committee as you suggest, the Turks would never accept to be bound by its findings as they respect nothing and noone, which is self-evident by their support of the cowardly and murderous ISIS and the bombing of the Kurds. Turkey should be completely isolated and dire sanctions imposed on them until they fall in line with international law and order.

  2. metin

    It’s not real pictures and it’s not Turkish official.in 1915 Turkish was not wearing like pictures

  3. Orhan U.

    Seems not real. it maybe manipulated one. firstly ; the legs of the man is not natural, try to stay on foot like that :-)) secondly; neither Turkish officials nor civilians were wear these kind of garments in 1915’s .
    If you wonder watch the pictures taken that period.

  4. Deniz

    I’m not a genocide denier however a Turk with a suit and a tie in 1915 doesn’t seem accurate. European attire was introduced in 1934. It didn’t existed back in Ottoman Empire.

  5. Turkiye and Azerbaycan

    That is a fake. Children are all black people. why don’t you show your Erzurum, Kars, Ardahan, Iğdır massacre photos? Anatolia is ours to keep for ever. You will not step on it !

  6. John O

    It’s real, It’s genocide, no doubt. We need to learn from mistakes of the past. I’ve been to the Armenian Genocide Museum in Yerevan. If you have even one eye and half a brain, there’s no other label than genocide. No different than what the Nazi’s did to the Jews (and others, just like the Otts). Denier Turks need to realize that their actions (or in-actions) continue to hurt their neighbors. Armenians went thru hell and died. Turks just need to recognize it – a small price to pay for the despicable actions of their forefathers…shameful.

  7. roy

    please read the book ,birds without wings, it helps put things into better perspective ,raz

  8. Ahmet

    This picture as fake as genocide. Genocide is the biggest lie. Armenia did not accept open their archives, and they don’t want to do a research about that subject. They only show that kind of pictures. Because that is enough for their lies.

  9. Cylia

    You guys are disgusting.
    Oh and fools.
    Of course in turkey they teach you that there was no such thing as Genocide. Do you really think your government could tell you the truth ? “Guys, back then we killed 1.5 million Armenians, it was a huge massacre, we tortured them, raped women, crucified them, threw them in the river like puppets, watched them die of famine, but hey, keep your mouth shut, we will never apologize and pay back, we will never admit that our precursors were disgusting animals” (because you still are)

    And of course, all the rescuers around the world were liars, or no maybe just crazy people who made up all the stories they told.

    Can’t believe that it still is a debate topic.


    1. Sinan

      You think they would teach Armenians how they are landlocked in a mountainous region and their only way of survival is to get reperations from Turkey? Start to produce, invest and modernize rather than waiting for money dropped down to you from the sky. If Israelis started to cry for Germans and later Arabs being too harsh on them, they would be destroyed by now. Same goes for colonised and massacred states, particularly India which is ranked 9th in GDP.

      What ridiculous is how Armenian Diaspora pushes fake or falsified documents and images with the real ones that could be used as a proof of particular actions on them as well. They lost their credibility on providing evidences long time ago.

      1. Cylia

        Arabs being too harsh on Israelis ? Haha don’t know where you got that from, but it’s a good one. As for Germans, yes exactly, Jews didn’t need to fight for their rights because they were facing civilized people, not turkish ones.

        For your information, Armenian DIASPORA is mainly fighting for the the recognition of this genocide, which means they don’t live in Armenia (since you don’t seem to know what a genocide is, you may not know what a diaspora is). Nobody’s waiting for reparations from turkey.

        Oh, falsified images ? I didn’t know they only started showing images of the genocide after Photoshop was invented 🙂 . Now how could you possibly believe that ? Falsified images and videos that were out for about a hundred years ago ? Funny… oups. I meant ridiculous.
        And if I were you I wouldn’t be so sure about the credibility of providing evidences, specially after Germany’s position today.

        What’s ridiculous is how you all repeat the same things, have the same irrelevant arguments, try to use numbers to show that you’re arguing well (India ranked 9th in GDP, lol), it makes me laugh.
        What’s also ridiculous is that you are deeply brainwashed but unfortunately not smart enough to even realize it.

  10. Johansen SIMON

    ıt’s all a lie made up by a so-called “armenian” nation.They dont even hav a decent history like many other nations.they do not belong anywhere and that is why they are still manipulated by russians and americans

  11. onurc

    I was really said when I have seen this photo.
    However I found it a bit weird because the turkish officers in Ottoman empire dresses like western men at 1915 ? it is really unrealistic.
    This photo is definitely fake, genocide can´t be talked over that photo.

    However It is true that many Armenian people have died in ww1 and many of them run away from anatolia. Besides still there are a lot of Armenian people living in Turkey especially in central Istanbul.

    They were officers in Ottoman empire and members of parlement until the incidences have started. Especially there were rich because unlike Turkish men in empire they were not taken to army and could increase their wealth easily.
    Basically everybody has to know that Russia declared war to Ottoman empire. The empire was already fighting against italians/french/english/ arabics etc.. 🙂 They were all on top of Ottoman empire because of the large borders and the resources.
    Russian army that was invading Anatolia was consisting a good amount of Armenian soldiers who were planning to form a country within the borders of Ottoman empire. It is reasonable because %6-7 of the population in Anatolia was Armenian according to population census of the German officers in early 1910s.

    Ottoman government decided to move out the Armenian parliamentarians and famous Armenians because they were working against to ottoman empire and involved to spying issues. Most of them are killed by illegal governmental agents after they are arrested…
    Secondly about the abortion of the Armenian people; I find it very sad but at the other side there were a lot of turkish people were being killed by Armenian bandits at that moment.I real example is my grandmother, she was telling the story of moving to city… She was from village near to a south city called Adana and one night urgently they moved out from village to the big city because a village a few kms away from them was attacked by an Armenian bandits and there were a lot of civilian dead. Those incidences were occurring al around Anatolia since the army was very weak at that time. Also Armenian bandits were constantly attacking to army structures in order to help Russian + Armenian army attacking from north east Anatolia to Ottomans.

    Government that time in order to protect own people decided to move Armenian people out of war zone(What a clever idea ?). There are a lot of official letters among the army that is requesting officers to show maximum effort about the abortion. However at the same time thousands of Turkish soldiers have died on the way to fight against russian in north east Anatolia in a zone called sarikamis since they did not get enough food and supplement from center. Many of them have died even before fighting. It was considered as a disaster.
    Think that the government which couldn´t provide enough food to soldiers was trying to change place of Armenian people.. it ended up as a disaster. many people run away somehow but some of them have died by starving and illness and some were killed by turkish and also at east of turkey by kurdish bandits.
    I don´t know what is the definition of genocide but about this incidence you can´t find a intention of killing people systematically like hitler did. But I am pretty sure there should be a lot of individual incidences. Because we are talking about ww1 and an empire that is going to be collapsed within 8 years.
    Also lets keep in mind that in the same era there are thousands of turkish people were dead on the ways running away from eastern Europe and East Anatolia and killed by illegal groups including Armenian bandits.
    Anyway my point is it is important to search well before deciding on what is what.
    Also it is important to mention that in many books newspapers etc in Ottoman empire, Armenian people were considered as most trustworthy nation by Turkish people because they haven´t attacked Turks in alliance with western imperialistic countries yet. Of course that idea has changed when they attacked with Russian army.
    in my opinion this is not an issue that one side can be %100 right and has to be researched well by historians not the politicians.


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