Armenian Genocide

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Happened in a systematic fashion

First, the Armenians in the army were disarmed and killed

Second, the Armenian intellectual and political leaders were rounded up and killed on April 25, 1915

Finally, the remaining Armenians were rounded up from their homes, told they would be relocated, and then marched off to concentration camps in the desert where they would starve and thirst to death in the burning sun

The Armenians lost 300 years of history in the Genocide
Their churches, buildings, libraries, ect. were destroyed, and they were left with nothing but memories.

The Armenians were mistreated in every way possible during the genocide.
The Turks went to the extent of cutting off the hands of children and letting them bleed and yell themselves to death.

They buried children in ditches in the desert

They drove thousands of Armenians in death marches until they dropped dead or were shot

They planned to eliminated the entire Armenian Christian population living in Turkey, they killed about half

My name is Vartan Hartunian and I am the pastor of the First Armenian Church in Belmont, Massachusetts. I am one of a diminishing number of survivors of the Armenian genocide. I was born on February 11, 1915 and the genocide broke out on April 24, 1915.
In 1909 there was a massacre in Adana, and 30,000 Armenians were slaughtered. When World War I broke out, this gave the Young Turks the opportunity to fulfill a Turkish desire that had continued for centuries: to rid Turkey of all Armenians.
Even before I was born, the Turkish mayor of Marash, the city where I was born, called my father to his office and showed him the orders from Constantinople for the extermination of all the Armenian people. And this good mayor, this good Turk, pleaded with my father and said "What shall I do?" and my father told him to stay in office and to help him, his family…...

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