The Eight Stages of the Armenian Genocide By: Landon Steil Jesse Furber
Classification Turks And kurds (Muslims) Armenians (Christian) Vs
Symbolization Armenians were Christian: Therefore any second class citizen were called gavours which means non believer Any non-Muslim was singled out as a lesser person
Dehumanization Armenians were treated as animals a Turk in the background seems to mock the mutilated bodies • Non-Muslims could not: • Testify against Muslims • Carry Weapons • Ride Horses • Have Houses overlooking Muslim Houses • Practice any religious rituals • Consequences • Fines • Jail • Death • Since Armenians were Christian many of their rights were taken away from them and consequences were severe
Organization • The Young Turk Party: • Created an agency to take Armenian property and redistribute it • Released convicts from prisons that were organized into killer units • Organized the deportation of “Enemies” (Armenians)
Polarization • Propaganda Surfaces • Armenians are siding with the enemy (Russia) • They will overthrow Istanbul • They will kill the Committee of Union and it’s leaders • More Laws and Rights being taken away: • Intermarrying of Turks and Armenians forbidden • Idea that the Armenians as a second class citizen becomes more prominent in society
Preparation Property and goods of Armenians are seized Looting and burning of neighborhoods and business Armenian soldiers disarmed and kicked out of military Armenian men forced into labor (before execution) Armenian Leaders Executed Women and Children forced to walk into the desert “Called Deportation” until they would drop dead Men had to dig their own graves before being killed.
Extermination Able Bodied men were shot or burned Women and children died during “Deportation” (Death marches) Armenians piled into caves fires lit so at the entrance so they would suffocate Villages Burned Children taken out to open water and thrown in to drown Children were taken from school and gassed Children killed under false pretenses by morphine overdose typhoid shots
Denial • The Turkish government still denies that this was a Genocide • Saying that it was merely civil war • They were relocating a potentially dangerous people • And that when people are marched into the desert tragic things happen
Genocide? Genocide is any acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, any national, ethnic, racial, or religious groups. The killing of Armenians began April 24th 1915 Between 1,000,000 and 1,500,000 Armenians were killed almost half the population.