THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
The massacres of the Armenians in Turkey were quite frequent and extensive in the last hundred years. The Armenians were the scapegoat of the Turks during this period of rapid decline of the Ottoman Turkish Empire. The Armenians were also punished for their ability to be good business-men; and, for being a Christian nationality that worked hard and managed to prosper even under the oppressive Turkish administration. The Turks could never forgive such qualities.
The massacres were systematic and repeated in order to eliminate the entire Armenian minority and also create vital space for the future development of the Turks.
Turkey was never ab1e to assimilate the different nationalities which were part of the empire. Therefore, it became a matter of historical record, the slaughter of the various minorities throughout the empire, in order to achieve this goal of a pure national state. Within this political framework the Armenians have paid perhaps the greateat share of blood tax as one can see in the chronological index of this publication.
One can summarize the genocide of the Armenian nation by giving the figure of 300.000 dead during the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid and 1.500.000 killed during World War I (encyclopedia LAROUSSE). Countless others were crippled or listed aa missing. The Turkish State used every criminal method in order to complete this genocide: Oppression, hunger, thirst, walking without stop, murder, rape, fire, cold, heat, sword. Everything that could exterminate this innocent people whose only crime was their Armenian Nationality, was used by the barbarian Turks. We are not referring to those Armenians who were killed fighting the Turks in the battle-fields during their revolution, but to the non-combatants, auch as women, children, the sick and the old who perished during this period.
Unfortunately, these Turkish crimes have remained unpunished. An International Court has not condemned the holocaust of an entire nation to this date, and this impunity has permitted the Turks to repeat similar crimes against the Greek inhabitants of Asia Minor, the Syrian orthodox people and recently, against the Cypriots.
The impunity of the assassins of the Armenian people became the inspiration to the Nazis in using similar methods of genocide against the Jews, the Poles, the Russians and the other nationalities.
<<Who remembers the Armenian Genocide?>> said Hilter to justify these latter crimes.
The Armenian genocide still awaits its <<Nuremberg trials>>. The impunity of the Turks undermines the concept of International Justice and Moral Law and is an offense against any civilized man on earth.
We ask that the punishment for the crime of. genocide and the liberation of the Armenian land which is enslaved by Turkey is implemented by recognizing the validity of the Treaty of Sevres by the United Nations.
We ask for your help for the realization of this project, which is just and sacred.
|Armenian Intellectuals first victims of the pogrom.||Heads of Armenian intellectuals, first victims of turkish ferocity.||The assassins proud for their plunder: heads of Armenians.|
|Armenians massacred in the forest.||The executions of the Armenians provoke horror to their surviving relatives.||Turkish executioners pose in front of their victims.|
|1916, Armenians dead from hunger in the desert of Mesopotamia.||Armenians massacred by the Turks in the district of Engiouri.||Human tragedy in the desert, a shame for humanity.|
|Armenian clergymen forming the sign of the cross with the bones of their martyrs.|