catatonicconundrum: You know what’s so uncomfortable about this? It shows that perhaps one of the most evil men in history, was a human being. That, on occasion, he could be nice, even flirty. That’s not all. You want to see evil people as evil, screaming horrible stuff over a desk with 20 microphones with 20, 000 people saluting them. The evil is clear and recognizable then. This shows a completely different image, it scares you because that means that evil isn’t a stereotype, that evil is not recognizable, that evil could be anyone. It scares you because this shows that could be lurking inside anyone and you’ll never ever know. Maybe in you?
The Armenian Genocide was committed by the Turkish government during World War I. The genocide is not recognized by the Turkish government, so not all details are available. This will cover the absolute basics of what we know.
The genocide began in 1915 after a long period of calculation and war between Russian Armenia and the Ottoman Empire (run by the Young Turks). The first move on the part of the Ottoman Empire was to deport Armenian leaders from the capital, Constantinople. This movement was called Red Sunday, and occurred on April 24, 1915.
After Red Sunday, the Ottoman Empire conducted a series of massacres and deportations. The massacres ranged from mass burnings to drownings to poisonings. The deportations were following the Tehjir Law, which stated that the Empire could deport those who were dangerous to the war effort. However, the Ottoman Empire saw all Armenians as dangerous. They were deported to death camps, where they were starved and dumped into mass graves. An Armenian in the camp could expect a remaining life expectancy of just days.
Because of the varied types of death during the genocide, as well as a lack of knowledge about burial sites, the death toll is speculative. Western scholars estimate that between 600,000 and 1.5 million lost their lives