Armenian Genocide | Lessons From History

On April 24, 1915, Turkish authorities in
the Ottoman Empire began to systematically exterminate their Armenian subjects. Over
the next three years, hundreds of thousands of Armenians were “deported” from their
ancestral towns and villages. These so-called “deportations” consisted of death marches
into the desert where men, women, and children died of dehydration, starvation and disease
– if, that is, they had not already succumbed to torture, rape, and murder along the way.
In the end, up to 1.5 million Armenians were massacred. The centennial of the Armenian Genocide was
marked all over the world on April 24, 2015. While this day was dedicated to commemorating
the victims, there were also demonstrations demanding recognition of the Genocide. Why?
Because the Turkish Government still denies that the systematic slaughter of the Armenians
in 1915 constituted genocide. This, despite countless eyewitness testimonies, news reports,
and government documents from Armenian, Turkish, German, British, and American sources, such
as the U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Henry Morgenthau, who tried to convince his
government to put a stop to what he called “the murder of a nation.” While more than
25 countries, including Canada, have officially acknowledged the genocide, this cannot make
up for the fact that Turkey continues its denialism. Does it even matter that Turkey refuses to
recognize the Armenian Genocide, 100 years later? Or is it important to recognize this
fact in history, and challenge genocide denial? How might our point of view affect the way
we interpret our past and future actions? First, to tolerate genocide denial is to be
complicit in the last stage of genocide. Extermination took away 1.5 million innocent lives; denial
threatens to take away the very memory of those lives. If denial succeeds, it will look
as if the victims had never even existed. Following this rationale, if denial is allowed
to “erase” genocide from history books, it would be impossible to commit to the mantra:
“Never Again!” In 1939, Hitler stated: “The aim of war is … to annihilate the
enemy physically. … Who today still speaks of the massacre of the Armenians?” Could
recognition of the “race murder” of the Armenians have discouraged Hitler from his
own genocidal designs and perhaps help to minimize the occurrence of future genocides? Encouragingly, over the past few years in
what the Turkish-American historian Taner Akçam calls “the other Turkey,” a growing
number of Turkish writers, intellectuals, and human rights advocates have publicly acknowledged
the Armenian Genocide and courageously called for the Turkish Government to do the same
– to come to terms with history. Although we often dismiss history as nothing
more than times past, we must recognize that it informs our current and future perspectives,
beliefs, and values. It’s important, therefore, to acquire and maintain a truthful, uncensored
account of our history — including the pages that bring us shame as well as those that
make us proud.

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  • Thank you so much for posting this. My own ancestors were murdered in the Hamidian massacres of 1896, and their village was destroyed. So much of our land has been taken away from us, and Turkey continues to believe that they have suppressed our voices, but they don’t realize that more and more people are learning about the truth of what the Young Turks did to the Armenians.

  • Thanks but they still wont accept they did this genocide ?

  • awsome video very well done !!! Thankyou

  • Shout out to Ms flett's class

  • It increasingly seems as if the root cause of such persecution lies in the nature of Islam itself. The Koran not only tacitly gives the nod to such actions but in fact in many places explicitly advocates genocide of non-muslims. Anyone can read these directives in the Koran for themselves, and I urge you to do so. Over the last 150 years, Islam has steadily become an existential insult to the world.

  • These are lies. You tell history as you want…

  • Propaganda fake

  • Azerbaijan is an illusion.
    Azerbaijan minus ARTSAKH of ARMENIA belongs to greater IRAN.Turks are by-product of mongols, they might know their fathers could be subhuman Ottomans.but their mothers could be from any nations that Ottoman barbarian detroyed.
    Iran will take back its territory sooner or later.

  • Ottoman were the greatest Plague that ever happened to the humanity.
    And Turkey is the leftover Virus of that Plague.

  • Unfortunatetly, since the World hasn't learned from the Genocide committed against Armenian, embolden Turkey is continuing it's Ottoman atrocities to this day.
    At present time Turkey is doing genocide against Kurds. Inveded Cyprus and occupying Northern Cyprus.
    Supports and facilitate ISIS.
    Invades and destroys Syrian towns. Occupying west Armenian.
    Back stabing NATO.
    Threatening EU.
    Belligerent in the region.
    Days of reckoning for Turkey will come soon.

  • Ermanie is the murder nation himself !

  • In 1905, Jewish leaders calling themselves "Young Turks" met in Masonic lodges in Salonika, Italy, Paris and Vienna. They plotted a coup d'etat against the Sultan of Turkey Abdul Hamid II. Jews and crypto-Jewish Doenmeh of the Committee for Union and Progress took over complete control of the Turkish Empire in 1909. They had several goals. Their primary objective was to establish a segregated "Jewish State" in Palestine. They also sought to instigate World War I, to slaughter entire Christian populations, and to destroy the Turkish Empire and supplant Islamic religion and culture with a soulless and cultureless society engineered by Jewish positivists in Vienna, Paris, Italy and Salonika. This is their story.


  • ? Thank You ?

  • the reason of the genocid is that in the end of ottoman empire where the ottomans was weak the armenians has try to establish a big armenia in anatolia with help of russians….That plan somewhat failed

  • THIS IS AN GREAT LIE ARMENIA.!!!!????????????????????????????

  • People of Hayk! Son of Noah!
    The Armenians!

  • Well there's millions of Armenians, explains how millions of them actually left Europe to America.

  • You start with the reaction of the Turks!!

    Were is the action of the Armenians??

    Does anyone knows what the Armenians did to the Turks?? Before the Turks killed the terrorist!!

  • The Turkish government in 1915 never committed genocide. Consider the belief that no one (Greek, Kurdish, Albanian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Arab, Georgian …) has been interfered with the culture of the Ottoman Empire in the strongest period 250 years Seljuk period, 600 years Ottoman now 100 years we live in but we provoke the Armenians – separating the Turks from this long fraternity with a genocide lie

  • ??Thank you ?

  • thanks for video truth

  • If they acknowledge the genocide, it will hinder them from continuing to commit genocide.

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