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The Armenian genocide

by David De La Torre

In Seeing through fire, The Economist reviews There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia, and Beyond by Meline Toumani.

On April 24th 1915 scores of Armenian intellectuals and artists were rounded up in Istanbul, the capital of the collapsing Ottoman empire, and later killed. The killings marked the start of a protracted period of persecution of the empire’s Christian subjects, who were subjected to state-sanctioned murder, rape and huge forced deportations to the Syrian desert. At least 1m people — mostly Armenians — died. [more]

For a free classroom lesson on the Armenian genocide, see “Forgotten Genocide”: The Destruction of the Armenians During World War I from our Bill of Rights in Action Archive.