It's almost April 24, and I thought I'd share this with you guys.
The Armenian Genocide of 1915.
The Armenian genocide was the first genocide of the 20th century, perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government against its defenceless and law-abiding citizens, the Armenians, a Christian minority in a Muslim state.
This was a campaign instigated and carried out by a legitimate government against its loyal Christian subjects. It's aim was to loot, destroy and seize Armenian properties and businesses, and the complete annihilation of the Armenians.
For more than a quarter of a century, the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire under the leadership of Sultan Abdul Hamid II and later under the rule of the Ottoman Empire suffered unspeakable abuse, torture, massacres and persecution. This resulted in the rape, murder and deportation of more than 1.5 million Armenians from their historic homeland, and the destruction of a 3000-year-old heritage and rich culture.
In spite of all the evidences and the eye witness accounts recorded during those horrible years by foreigners and survivors of the genocide, until this very day, the Turkish government denies the Armenian Genocide, and refuses to admit the guilt and accept the responsibility.
Every year, on April 24 Armenians all over the world commemorate the murder of their nation. The murder of 1.5 million innocent and defenceless children, women, elderly and men. The 24th of April also the date on which in 1915 the Turkish government arrested over 200 Armenian poets, intellectuals, religious and community leaders in Constantinople and imprisoned them in the interior of Anatolia, where most were summarily executed.
It is said that this genocide greatly inspired Hitler in his attempted extermination of the Jews, Gypsies, and other peoples.
Until this day, the Armenian Genocide is not recognized, and denied by the Turkish government. It was the Armenian Genocide that started the dark chain of genocides.
It is not taught in schools, and is barely in my History class textbook. The unspeakable horror, 1.5 million Armenians, my great-grandfathers and ancestors, abused, murdered, raped. No one bothers to teach it, no textbook has more than 2 paragraphs of information, half the people at my school don't even know about it. 90 years struggling for recognition.
I just thought I'd share this information with you guys, maybe you learned something new.