How Did The Armenian Genocide Essay

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Many people have heard of the Armenian Genocide, but not many people know the sinister methods the Turks used to kill the Armenians. A genocide is a systematic, planned mass murder of a particular group. This time, The Turkish government wanted to eliminate the Armenian population of Turkey. Armenia became part of the Ottoman Empire during the 15th century, meaning that the Turks controlled Armenia. In 1908, the Young Turks took over the government. After years of being discriminated, the Armenians thought that they would finally be treated equally when the Young Turks came to power. They soon realized the Young Turks were much worse than the previous government. Under the rule of the Young Turks, the Armenians were exposed to brutal psychological and physical treatment. The Young Turks were mostly Muslim. The Armenians were Christian. The Young Turks believed that anybody who was a non-Turk and especially a Christian, were a threat to the Turkish government. About two million Armenians lived in the Ottoman Empire before the genocide, but that was about to change very quickly.
On April 24, 1915 the Armenian Genocide began. The Turkish Government arrested and executed hundreds of Armenians. Their main focus was to kill Armenian intellectuals and the important Armenians. At first, the ordinary Armenians were kicked out of their homes and some of them were even deported.
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Hitler would often make Jews go on death marches. He copied this idea from the Turks. The Young Turks killed the Armenians in many horrifying ways. The most common way the Armenians died was because of death marches. Yet the Turks still did other atrocities to the Armenians and they almost accomplished their goal of eliminating the Turkish population. Thankfully, the genocide only lasted two years. The Turks slaughtered the Armenians like animals. They took the prerogative of being a human from the

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