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.

4 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?

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  1. FATSR - BITDEFE

    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.

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    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.

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