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In 1915, the decaying Ottoman Empire launched a pogrom against eastern Turkey’s Armenian population, falsely accusing them of supporting a Russian invasion. Orthodox Christians who played a big entrepreneurial role, the Armenians had always been distrusted inside the Ottoman Empire. On the night of April 24th, over 250 Armenian academics and intellectuals were rounded up and executed — a beginning of a grotesque prosecution that left up to 1.5 million dead.

It was also one of the century’s first atrocities to be photographically covered; in addition to anonymous photographs, there are signed and documented photographs that supported eyewitness accounts. A German military officer Armin T. Wegner, stationed with the 6th Ottoman Army, took a series of photographs of dying and dead Armenians. When it was discovered that he was taking photos, the Turkish authorities sent him to work on cholera wards, hoping he would inevitably perish. He survived and left for Constantinople with photographic plates hidden in his clothes. Back in Germany, he sent an open letter to President Wilson appealing for an independent Armenian state.

His pictures were to hauntingly anticipate photographs that were to follow during the Second World War, in the Killing Fields of Cambodia, and the Rwandan Genocide. In fact, outside Turkey, it was considered to be a ‘genocide’ avant la lettre — the organized, state-sponsored killing of a people with an intended purpose of putting an end to their existence. Attempted annihilation of the Armenians was only the beginning of a long series of violence and mass murders that marred the ensuing century as ethnically, linguistically, and religious diverse empires withered away into smaller, more nationalistic states.

Soon, other ethnic groups inside the Ottoman Empire would also be threatened out of their homes too. On exodus of Greeks from Anatolia, the historian Niall Ferguson reflects, “What better symbol of the decline of the West than the brutal expulsion of the Hellenic civilization from Asia Minor, except possibly the abject failure of the heirs of the Athenian democracy to do anything to prevent it?” Indeed, international nonchalance over the Armenian genocide emboldened Hitler. In his August 1939, he asked rhetorically, “Who after all is today speaking of the destruction of the Armenians?” in a chilling harbinger to Holocaust of his own making. “The world believes only in success,” he added, justifying his potential invasion of Poland and all the horrors that calamitous event would unleash.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

June 30, 2009 at 10:12 am

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  1. These are not Armenians, these are Turkish people killed by Armenian gangs. And armenian genocide is a biggest lie of the last century. If 1.000.000 (all) armenians are died in this war, how was became modern Armenian people to this days and how they founded the Armenia?

    If you are searching for a “real” genocide I think you must be look or search Google for Karabag ( Azerbaijan) photos, you can see how the Armenia (with support of Russia) killed innocent Turks at Turk villages and invaded Karabag!

    The Turk

    September 30, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    • Actually it was 1.5 Million Armenians and that wasn’t (all) the Armenians okay..the Turks got 9/10 of our land and people which leaves 10% of us to start a new life and that’s what we did and that’s our past. The Armenian Genocide did happen..all the Turks do is deny it ..that’s all they can do deny it, but the truth will forever live in everyone.

      Nshan

      February 16, 2010 at 7:27 am

      • Armenian genocide is a reality.my great grandfather was stationed in kayseri where he told my grandpa was the deportation station…….and the atrocities were unthinkable…..possibly not surpassed even by hitler. If you question my neutrality then have no doubt about it as I am an Indian and my grandpa served with the german army(He left India to fight the British occupation).

        tito

        March 6, 2010 at 7:30 pm

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    • bu resimdekilerin türk olduğunu neye dayanarak söylüyorsun?

      kazımkonan

      April 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm

      • ouruspu mamlekat turk peeg gootvaran

        ARA

        April 22, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    • FUCK YOU

      Alen

      April 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    • Sorry Mongol, unfortunately these photos came from Armin Wegner, a German officer who not only photographed the murdered Armenians but wrote about it extensively as well. I really don’t know too any real history books discussing how Armenians mass murdered the Turks. That is an excuse to help Turks feel better about themselves and avoid responsibility for not only murdering most all Armenians but stealing their wealth and lands as well. You are genocide perpetrators make no mistake.

      john

      May 5, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    • “These are not Armenians, these are Turkish people killed by Armenian gangs.”
      Bullshit. Stop making stuff up you brainwashed Satan worshipper.
      “And armenian genocide is a biggest lie of the last century.”
      And Turkish history and Islam are the biggest lies of all time.
      “If you are searching for a “real” genocide I think you must be look or search Google for Karabag ( Azerbaijan) photos…”
      They were God’s tool for administering payback Old Testament style: He hates the Turks even more than He hated the ancient Babylonians and Assyrians.

      Mondo Panda

      October 19, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    • Here is another armenian criminal Armen Gukasan ( alias Armen Gukusan ), who is wanted by police
      Armen Gukasan / Gukusan is living in Glendale California / Los Angeles Area,
      his current address is in the video along with his warrents…..
      To learn more about Armen Gukasan / Gukusan just type in his name at
      http://www.google.de/search?q=armen+gukasan&client=safari&rls=en&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&hl=de&spell=1&sa=X&oq=armen+gukasan&aq=f&aqi=g-sL1&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=18487l18637l0l19260l2l2l0l0l0l1l154l276l0.2l2l0

      ——————–>> SEE ATTACHED YOUTUBE VIDEO: <> SEE ATTACHED YOUTUBE VIDEO: <<————————————————————

      German Consulate Los Angeles / California

      February 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

    • Here is another armenian criminal Armen Gukasan ( alias Armen Gukusan ), who is wanted by police
      Armen Gukasan / Gukusan is living in Glendale California / Los Angeles Area,
      his current address is in the video along with his warrents…..
      To learn more about Armen Gukasan / Gukusan just type in his name at
      http://www.google.de/search?q=armen+gukasan&client=safari&rls=en&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&hl=de&spell=1&sa=X&oq=armen+gukasan&aq=f&aqi=g-sL1&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=18487l18637l0l19260l2l2l0l0l0l1l154l276l0.2l2l0

      ——————–>> SEE ATTACHED YOUTUBE VIDEO: SEE ATTACHED YOUTUBE VIDEO: <<————————————————————

      German Consulate Los Angeles / California

      February 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

  2. “falsely accusing them of supporting a Russian invasion”

    Um, not falsely.

    Robert

    December 2, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    • Cruel and horrible deaths and I think we must admit those evets happened Robert, but as you wrote justly, yes they fought in the Russian army wearing Russian uniforms. Sometimes they became so unhuman when torturing anhd killing their former citizens Turks, upper ranks Russian officers had to stop them. These facts are in Russian chronicles, one can esily access those records. One important fact is this they started killing their Turkish neigbours in the villages, by burning them in mosques, bayoning children, set the people’s heads on fire when they were still alive.. Unfortunately Ottoman Government’s retaliation was way out of propotion. However, no one planned a genocide and its logistics like the German Nazis did for Jewish people. Thank you for your objectivity.

      aysemgul gulun

      January 18, 2010 at 7:59 am

      • The Armenian genocide was planned. Our own US Ambassador to Turkey Henry Morgenthau was there as well as Consul Leslie Davis in Harput who wrote extensively to the US State Department of the “planned race extermination” and even went on to say that in his conversations with Talaat they he made no attempt to hide the fact. Let’s not forget the Greeks and Assyrians who were also murdered in the same genocidal campaign. What it just so happens that during the transportation of millions of people, a feat that can only be sate planned, that 3/4 just happen to die in the mist horrific ways imaginable? Fine if it wasn’t planned how about returning all their property and wealth?

        john

        May 5, 2010 at 9:50 pm

  3. @The Turk: you obviously have very little to no understanding of what the word “genocide” actually means. The entire race does not need to be killed off for it to be considered genocide as your post suggests. Also with a name like “The Turk” who is really going to believe that you give a fair opinion or that what you are saying is even true. The Armenian genocide happened…acknowledge it right now…you come from a family of murderous animals.

    disgusted

    December 21, 2009 at 8:55 am

    • We are not animals. We are the children of great empires and states since 300 B.C. if not more. You started killing your unsespecting Turkish neigbours in the most cruel ways, bayonint pregnant women, killing men , women and children in the most unspeakable away. Look at Russian chronicals and documents how your treachorus people wearing Russian uniforms ( you cowards you were not even men enough not to hide behind them) you became so cruel at sometimes that high ranking Russian officers had to stop you. Besides now your starving country mean are escaping from Armenia to find work in Turkey. Don’t you have any pride ?

      aysemgul gulun

      January 18, 2010 at 8:07 am

      • Is that why they call Turks “The Sick Man of Europe”? Your races reputation is pretty well understood. The Armenian genocide you Mongol started with the community leaders first and then the men and then the women and old and children. That is why 20 countries today rightfully understand your crimes and call it the ARMENIAN GENOCIDE. The word GENOCIDE you moron was invented by RAFAEL LEMKIN IN 1943 FOR THE ARMENIAN CASE SPECIFICALLY. How can it not be a genocide because you and your altered history say so? Because your own scholars are afraid to talk openly of your past without being jailed or killed?

        john

        May 5, 2010 at 9:59 pm

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    • I’m an Armenian Christian . I do believe Jesus Christ is my savor and I do believe Christ is the answer to the mankind. I do thank you for your informative respond, I understand Armenian Genocide might be new topic for you, so I ask you to check ANCA.ORG to learn more about real facts that happened during the Armenian Genocide and I hope you watched CNN today February 28,2010. Let me ask you this dear Christian sister or brother How would you feel (God forbid) if today right now, gangs came to your home and tortured your father then hang him from your backyard tree, then raped and killed your mother. finally they even got your kid (you bagged them not to harm him, tried to save him…but they just wanted to see you been killed from his torture ..SO they just set him on fire.(WOULDN’T YOU AT LIST WANT THE MURDERERES TO BE CAUGHT,AND BROUGHT TO JUSTICE).

  5. sooo fake, Francesco Dehne

    Francesco Dehne

    March 3, 2010 at 7:28 am

    • to Fake Dehne
      Armenians have been around for 1000’s of years and always kept their culture and religion everywhere they lived
      an arrogant person like you when he says fake must look back at his own race, most probably your parents were mixed and also your ancestors too look back at your history and look good see who is fake

      Idiot Congress already passed the resolution, wake-up and smell the …
      the whole world knows … except you …

      fake Buster

      March 5, 2010 at 9:54 am

  6. @The Turk:
    I can understand how you deny the genocide since your whole life you’ve been taught what was real and what wasn’t with out opening your own eyes,and realizing that your in denial. Realize what they have done and accept it, I accepted it,I realize it happened. Just please don’t be ignorant and deny it. You are denying death.

    cyn

    March 5, 2010 at 3:17 am

    • COULDNT AGREE MORE, WELL SAID.

      melaniya aghavni

      June 14, 2010 at 7:50 am

  7. Եթե ես Թուրքի մորը չհասցնեմ հիշացնեմ թե իրա թուլլեն վոտեղիցա ծնվել ուրեմը իմ տղեն հաստատ դա կհասցնի , ու հաստատ երդղանին ել կհիշացնեմ մի օր թե վորտեղա հայաստանը քարտեզի վրա

    Robert Serobyan

    March 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm

  8. (sorry my lang kurdish)

    now killed kurdish

    kurd

    March 11, 2010 at 9:13 am

  9. The Nation of Turkey was born through the Armenian Genocide.The Armenian were very well educated and skilled. Turks first gathered the elite Armenians and executed them and then dealt with the Armenian women,children and men by mass killing.

    Actually Adolf Hitler got the Genocide idea from Mehmed Talat who commited mass murder under his orders and even went to Germany for the propaganda.

    Therefore Turkey can deny the Genocide all it wants, but it will never be able to delete the Armenian Genocide history as those who died are crying out from their graves. there will never be justice but the world sure can recogize this evil act.

    Sita

    March 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    • Why did not Turks kill Armenians for 800 years? Infact Armenians enjoyed previlaged position in Ottomon empire. The fact is that Armenians and Greek supported the invaders (Russian and French) that resulted in blood bath, in which both sides lost millions. Armenains should also be condemned for stabbing Turkey in its back.

      John

      March 24, 2010 at 10:13 am

      • The reality is by WW1 most all other nations living under hundreds of years of Turkish misrule were now free but the Armenians had no such luck as thier ancient homelands lay right in Anatolia itself. So under the guise of war the Turks decided to liquidate the Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians to make one Turkish only state but mostly to steal the land and the wealth. Most all murdered were unarmed civilians. You Turks can’t discount all the eyewitness testimony including diplomats and official archives of many countries. Most countries involved knew what happened including our own US archives. That is why over 20 countries acknowledge the Armenian genocide.

        john

        May 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm

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    anushik

    April 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm

  11. zzvum em dzezanic turker,u imaceq vor duq vochnchanalu eq shneri nman……….

    mi

    April 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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      TURKOGLU

      August 4, 2010 at 12:00 am

  12. I never forget the armenian genocid

    mi

    April 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm

  13. Americans also did genocide in the Philippines. Though only few history books unravels it.

    Military Forums

    April 26, 2010 at 8:03 am

  14. Open rus usa france england arcive…All know Armania killed Turks Kurds and muslim first and..Osmanlı make Tachir (not genocide) 😉
    Dont say lie!

    You attack to Muslims…And we make Techir! Not Genocide 😉 We save you and helped you;)

    Look this ceuntry Hocalı Genocide you killed a lot of Azeri …
    in Ottaman Turks and Armenian living in the peace why you terrorizm??
    But in europe Crist. not like muslim look serbia Bosna genocide;) we didnt make genoce if we make i really say.. but not…

    Erhan

    April 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    • Yeah, why are there 20 countries today who call it the Armenian genocide? Because they don’t have historians or have no archives? They have nothing better to do? Lets; be clear the only ones who deny the Armenian genocide are the Turks and few “paid” historians. That’s all. Understand this: Your modern country The Republic of Turkey was founded upon the mas murder and theft of the Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians. You are a genocidal criminal state. You should be all proud.

      john

      May 5, 2010 at 10:10 pm

  15. Why Armenian dont say to Turkey for Talking History?
    Why they dont want to talk?

    i have not problem with Armenian

    but 1886-1915 there is a big war and Armeni attacked and killed a lot of muslim ;=) after Techir…

    in east Türk Kürts Arabs living… Why you say only Genocide you?

    in South Mersin/Silifke my grand grand father helped to Armenian 😉 we are not killed Armenian in south of Turkey believe me 😉 we helped in silifke to Armenian 😉

    Erhan

    April 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm

  16. IT REALLY SADDENS AND ANGERS ME THAT THE TURKISH PEOPLE ARE SO IN DENIAL ABOUT THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE, I GUESS WHEN YOU TELL YOURSELF A LIE LONG ENOUGH YOU START TO BELIEVE IT. ALL OF THE HEINOUS PHOTOGRAPHY IS CLEARLY HELL FROZEN IN TIME, TURKEY IS GUILTY AS CHARGED. IT IS TRUELY A MIRACLE THAT I CAME TO BE BEING THAT MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER WAS NEARLY TORTUED TO DEATH BUT SOMEHOW BY THE GRACE OF GOD ALMIGHTY SHE SURVIVED. I TRUELY WISH THAT SHE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE JUSTICE SHE AND LIKE SO MANY OTHERS RIGHTFULLY DESERVED. THERE WILL COME A DAY WHERE ALL ARMENIANS INCLUDING MYSELF WILL FIND PEACE AND RECOGNITION.

    melaniya aghavni

    June 14, 2010 at 7:47 am

  17. What are you arguing about???
    Thats the only truth… Turk’s never make genocide in their history…
    question 1- so yes we are angry people! then why we helped injured anzaks when we are in war in çanakkale in 1st world war? they were come for no reason????
    question 2 – Why ottoman empire want to kill their own people????
    did ottoman empire killed greeks? serbians? syrians? or the other people’s who want their own land?????
    question 3- So yea we killed armenians… but now we are in 2010 and we have armenian people in our land’s and they call themselves we are turks ?? but they are pure armenian???
    question 4 – so yea we killed armenians because they are not muslims…
    but why the elit religions arms like suryani or jewish’s have their own temples churchs and they still here call themselves we are turk’s ???
    You know nevermind ! dont read history!
    just call yourself we are morons and we try to kill our own brother in our own land and ottoman empire make the justice like throw them away from this land’s
    because you dont deserve it!
    still 100 years after and after you just missing here and just making noise there!
    what you want ? agri mountain?
    just tell the truth here!
    what you want money?
    what you want?

    Koray Mert

    July 13, 2010 at 4:01 am

    • GEE I don’t know – why did you kill Assyrians or Greeks OH WAIT, THEY’RE ALL CHRISTIAN – wonder if there’s a connection !! FUCK YOU TURK = you’re a lying sack of shit, like all other muslims you believe the lies you tell yourself. They don’t call themselves Turks, you people SUCK !!!

      Rebecca Olesen

      October 28, 2010 at 7:47 pm

  18. and we bury our deaths and enemys too! thats cultural!

    Koray Mert

    July 13, 2010 at 4:10 am

  19. FUCK THE TURKS !! Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, Kurds THEY KILL EVERYBODY !! And AS USUAL FOR EVERY KIND OF MUSLIM – they always say about pictures “those aren’t …… – it’s actually US and THEY KILLED US” ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS !! Do you really think hundreds of thousands of people could be killed and nobody would notice !!??

    Rebecca Olesen

    October 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm

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