The Ottoman government was able to expedite its mass killing

A Century After Atrocities Against Armenians

Canada Goose Coats On Sale This much is known: Up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed or deported in the violence unleashed by Ottoman Turks starting on April 24, 1915. But as the 100th anniversary of these events is marked on Friday, it remains a bitter source of contention between Turks and Armenians. Canada Goose Coats On Sale

uk canada goose Armenians, along with many historians and European countries, have called it the 20th century’s first genocide. Turkey suppressed accounts of the killings for decades, and to this day staunchly rejects the label of genocide. uk canada goose

canada goose factory sale Modern Turkey, which emerged following canada goose outlet germany the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, canada goose outlet uk sale still reacts sharply to countries that say a genocide took place. It recalled its envoy from the Vatican after Pope Francis used the term last Sunday and did the same in Austria after lawmakers spoke the word. government does not call the events a genocide and neither does Israel. In both countries, this position appears based in part, if not mostly, on canada goose outlet mississauga a desire not to offend Turkey. canada goose factory sale

So what exactly happened in 1915? Here’s a look:The Ottoman Empire once covered parts of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East and was home to Turks, Kurds, Armenians and many others. But by the start of World War I in 1914, it was crumbling. A few years earlier, a group of young army officers named the Young Turks seized power. And in WWI, they sided with the Central Powers Germany and the Austro Hungarian Empire against the Allied Powers, Britain, France and Russia. Instead, they canada goose parka uk lost. There had been massacres of Armenians in the past, but with the loss to the Russians, he says, the Ottomans began to question the loyalties of the Armenians.

Canada Goose online He adds: “What happened was a small number of [Armenian] militants who did cross over to the Russian side, who did actively try and recruit Armenians to support the Russian cause, made life extremely dangerous for the majority of Armenian civilians who basically had no fight with anyone, did not wish to be drawn into any war and found themselves under tremendous pressure; soldiers who, suspected by their Turkish comrades, begin to get shot down.” Canada Goose online

cheap Canada Goose The Ottomans’ ruling Committee of Union and Progress and government officials planned to forcibly relocate the Armenians from Anatolia, where they lived, bordering Russia, to the Arab parts of the empire, where they were deemed to be less of a threat. But, Rogan adds, the plans for the Armenians went beyond those that were canada goose outlet 2015 written down. He adds: cheap Canada Goose

“It was through testimony presented in trials the Ottomans convened after the war that we now know that canada goose outlet store montreal the Committee of Union and Progress agreed to give, orally, orders for the extermination of Armenians: that men and women would be separated at the moment of departing their villages, that the men would be massacred and that the women would be marched under conditions in which only a fraction of them would survive.

“And the theory that most Turkish scholars of the genocide are putting cheap canada goose forward was that the Ottoman plan was to reduce the demographic profile of the Armenians so that they would not exceed 5 to 10 percent in any given province. It wasn’t. to try and eliminate the Armenians in their entirety, but it was to make sure that the Armenians would never constitute a critical mass to seek separation for the Ottoman Empire as an independent Armenian state.”

Earlier Violence Against Armenians

canada goose clearance sale Armenians in the Ottoman Empire were targeted even in the canada goose outlet location 19th century, but historians don’t call those events a genocide. They weren’t designed to exterminate the entire population or rid the Ottoman Empire of its Armenian population, but they begin a very important process of devaluing and dehumanizing this ethnic minority group.” canada goose clearance sale

canada goose coats on sale Here’s what he says was different about the events of 1915: canada goose coats on sale

buy canada goose jacket “I think that the Ottoman government’s final solution for the Armenian people of Turkey represented a shift in organized, state planned mass killing. The Ottoman government was able to expedite its mass killing canada goose outlet uk fake of a targeted minority population in a concentrated period of time. The White House, in a statement this week, described it as an atrocity, a long held position. has long lobbied for the events to be recognized as a genocide. ambassador to the Ottomans at the time, also canada goose outlet factory supported that view in his memoirs, as did other Americans and Westerners. buy canada goose jacket

The word genocide was not coined until 1944 by Raphael Lemkin, a Polish lawyer who combined the Greek word “genos,” meaning race or family, with the Latin word ” cidere,” for killing, to describe the events of the Holocaust.

As a teenager, he was drawn to the story of what happened to the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire after reading about a survivor of the atrocities. And in interviews in the 1940s he described the events as the Armenian genocide.

canada goose uk black friday The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, which describes the events as a genocide, says Lemkin’s “early exposure to the history of Ottoman attacks against Armenians, anti Semitic pogroms, and other cases of targeted violence as key to his beliefs about the need for the protection of groups under international law. Inspired by the murder of his own family during the Holocaust, Lemkin tirelessly championed this legal concept until it was codified in the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in 1948.” canada goose uk black friday

Turkey rejects the notion that a genocide was perpetrated against the Armenians, though its leaders have expressed regret for what happened at the time. Many Turks say there was no systematic plan to kill Armenians; admitting an Armenian genocide is seen as insulting Turkey, a crime under the country’s law.

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