Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Genocide Education Project: Armenian Genocide

This site offers a resource library for those teaching about the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1918. Turkey keeps denying this genocide ever occurred but history can not be altered after the fact by legislative action. What happened, happened. We can look at the events of this time through whatever lense we want but no amount of revisions can alter that a genocide happened. This site has some good tools for teaching about it.

It includes:

- Teaching Guides

- Survivor Accounts

- A Synopsis of Armenian History

- Denial (looking at Turkish efforts to deny the facts)

There are also options for buying books, videos, and teaching packets.

From the site:

During WWI, The Young Turk political faction of the Ottoman Empire sought the creation of a new Turkish state extending into Central Asia. Those promoting the ideology called "Pan Turkism" (creating a homogenous Turkish state) now saw its Armenian minority population as an obstacle to the realization of that goal.

On April 24, 1915, several hundred Armenian community leaders and intellectuals in Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) were arrested, sent east, and put to death. In May, after mass deportations had already begun, Minister of the Interior Talaat Pasha, claiming that Armenians could offer aid and comfort to the enemy and were in a state of imminent rebellion, ordered their deportation into the Syrian desert.

The adult and teenage males were separated from the deportation caravans and killed under the direction of Young Turk functionaries. Women and children were driven for months over mountains and desert, often raped, tortured, and mutilated. Deprived of food and water and often stripped of clothing, they fell by the hundreds of thousands along the routes to the desert. Ultimately, more than half the Armenian population, 1,500,000 people were annihilated. In this manner the Armenian people were eliminated from their homeland of several millennia.

2 comments:

Geoff Elliott said...

No doubt that millions of Armenians were killed during WWI in Turkey. Innumerable Turks were killed in the chaos as well. The Ottoman Empire had sided with Germany, of course, but the Armenians threw their lot in with Russia, fighting against the Ottomans. While Pan Turkism is still prevalent in modern Turkey, to say that this was a genocide in the sense of Nazi Germany or Rwanda is inaccurate.

Armenians have a brilliantly organized disapora with strong political connections in Washington, D.C. I'd love to read a "fair and balanced" history of this time of tragedy in Turkey.

super hero said...

The number of people Armenians claim that have been killed during the deportatiton is clearly overexaggrated. Of course even one lost soul counts in such a disaster, and as a matter of fact nobody in Turkey cliams that such a thing didnot happen.

But what Turkey says is, it as not a genocide act took place in the way Armenians want to present it. The link between the deporatiton and the infamous raeason "Turkification of Anatolia" is extremely weak. for those who make a least bit of search on the issue imemdiatly sees that Armenians were not the innocence people of Anatolia. On the contrary, they were the fighting people of Anatolia who chose to take side against Ottomans, and eventually failed.