“I have given orders to my death units to exterminate, without mercy or pity, men, women, and children belonging to the Polish-speaking race. Only in this manner can we acquire the vital territory which we need.
After all, who today remembers
the extermination of the Armenians?”
—Adolf Hitler, August 22, 1939
on the eve of the Nazi invasion of Poland
100 YEARS AGO
the Armenian Genocide of 1915 began. It was organized by the Ottoman Turkish government
to ethnically cleanse its territory of the indigenous Armenian population.
On April 24, 1915, the leaders and intellectuals of the Armenian communities in Ottoman Turkeywere rounded up and massacred. This marked the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.
More than 1,500,000 Armenians were killed from 1915 to 1923. Two out of three Armenians
living in Ottoman Turkey perished.
The entire Armenian population was uprooted from its indigenous homeland, which it had
inhabited for over 3,000 years. Hundreds of Armenian churches, monasteries, schools, and
cultural centers in Ottoman Turkey were destroyed.
Raphael Lemkin—who first coined the term “genocide” and is considered the father of the
1948 United Nations Genocide Convention—cited the fate of Ottoman Turkey’s Armenian
population as an example of what constituted a genocide.
Even today, the Turkish government has yet to acknowledge the Genocide and other atrocities
committed against the Armenian people. The Armenian Genocide set the tone for other
brutalities of the 20th century: in the Nazi deathcamps, in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge,
in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in Rwanda and in Darfur.
Please consider making a donation to our Church to support local Genocide commemoration activities, including the purchase of a
new memorial Khachkar to be installed in our church garden!
"Join me in raising awareness about the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. From my interactions with the people in Minnesota, 4 out of 5 people have never heard of the Armenians, nor the Armenian Genocide.