By Jay Winter

Lengthy sooner than Rwanda and Bosnia and the Holocaust, the 1st genocide of the 20th century happened in Turkish Armenia in 1915. The essays during this assortment research how americans realized of this disaster and attempted to assist its sufferers. wisdom and compassion, despite the fact that, weren't sufficient to forestall the killings, and a poor precedent used to be born in 1915. The Armenian genocide has haunted the U.S. and different Western nations during the 20th century.

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43 On 15 March 1921, Soghomon Tehlirian, a survivor of the Armenian massacres, assassinated one of the leading Turkish politicians involved in them, the Minister of the Interior, Talaat Pasha. ”44 In addition to the million and a half Armenians murdered between 1915 and 1922 there had been an enormous death toll in the four years fighting between 1914 and 1918 which constituted the First World War. Although there had been no genocidal intent in the conflict of the European Powers (into which the United States was drawn in 1917), the propaganda of hatred had been deliberately stimulated by governments in 41 42 43 44 Leslie Davis, The Slaughterhouse Province: An American Diplomat’s Report on the Armenian Genocide, 1915–1917, ed.

823. ”80 Mass graves were also being found in Cambodia in 1996, from Pol Pot’s reign of terror twenty-five years earlier. The search for graves was being undertaken, as in Bosnia, under the aegis of the United Nations. Funding came from the United States, through a Cambodian Genocide Program. The manager of the program, Craig Etcheson, gave details of the new discoveries at a press conference in Phnom Penh in February. “We had anticipated that there could be about one hundred to two hundred of them in the whole country,” he said; “That is so far off, it is ridiculous.

Hagopian, Voices from the Lake. Frank Chalk, “Redefining Genocide,” in George J. , Genocide: Conceptual and Historical Dimensions (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994), p. 47. From the manuscript autobiography of Raphael Lemkin (ch. 1, p. 26, deposited at the New York Public Library, Main Branch), quoted in Chalk, “Redefining Genocide,” p. 47. Twentieth-century genocides 21 order to demonize each enemy and impress upon the soldiers that the human beings in each facing set of trenches were in some way inhuman.

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