On April 24th, 1915, 1.5 million Armenians were brutally wiped off the face of the Earth in a genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire- a genocide that may never be remembered. Official recognition of the Genocide has evaded Armenia and her people since then. The Turks still deny official recognition of the genocide to this day.
This issue bears no prejudice toward the Turks, but they need to come to terms with their history, and the Armenian Genocide needs to be recognized by the world. No matter how much the event is denied, history cannot be rewritten, and 1.5 million people did not simply vanish.
People are working toward the official recognition of the event, and the USA is on the verge of officially recognising the 1915 genocide. A band (whom in my opinion are the greatest band ever by the way), System of a Down, with all their members in Armenian descent, have the US recognition of the genocide as one of their greatest goals and have even written a song about it, PLUCK.
While persuading his associates that a Jewish holocaust would be tolerated by the west, Hitler stated:
"Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?"
No, I'm not Armenian. But hopefully you would at least be aware of this event after reading this.
1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered in the Armenian Genocide.
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Some interesting facts related to the issue include:
- The deportation order was only given for the Armenians in Eastern Anatolia. The Armenian population in other parts of the empire were not forced to leave their land, nor were they harmed at all. These, in addition to general population, included Armenian officers who worked within the government, such as the ones who served as undersecretaries, ambassadors, senators, and even the minister of foreign affairs of the time. This clearly shows that the purpose of the order was not to wipe the entire race of Armenians.
- The definition of "genocide" and its official definition as a crime did not exist until it was defined by the United Nations in 1948, which was more than 30 years after the events occured.
- According to the Ottoman records, the total population of Armenians in 1914 "within the whole empire" was 1.2 million. According to the Armenian resources of the time, it was 1.58 million. Other international sources of the time, including British, French, German give figures ranging between 1.06-1.6 million. Since these figures were for the whole Armenian population within the empire, not just the ones in the region who were deported, and considering the fact that many of the deported Armenians made it through, it is evidently clear the number of people died was certainly not 1.5 million.
- Many of the major "evidenc...