March 11, 2007

20th century's first case of genocide: Muslims killed 1.5 million Christians

[I had originally posted this for April 26 last year. I'm republishing it today after learning that the government of Turkey has now blocked access to because of a video criticizing the founder of Turkey's present form of government.]


Valencia, Apr. 26, 2006 (Catholic News Agency) - This week, the Armenian community in Valencia, Spain, commemorated the 91st anniversary of the deaths of 1.5 million Armenian Christians who were killed by Muslim Turks in 1915 during a massive religious persecution.

The commemorations took place April 24th at the Church of St. Monica in Valencia and were organized by the Armenian Apostolic Church and Pro-Commemoration Committee. Among those in attendance, was the Armenian Republic’s Honorary Consul in Spain, Luis Barbera.

Beginning on April 24, 1915, the Ottoman Empire ordered a crackdown on Armenian Christians, which resulted in the deaths of 1.5 million people.

Although modern-day Turkey has never acknowledged that it took place, the persecution became the first case of genocide during the 20th century.

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P.S. from Fr. Stephanos, O.S.B.

California has the world's largest population of Armenians. California's Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared April 23-29, 2006, "Days of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog. Appreciated this post as well.

Cracked up at the "...more time blogging than praying" line. Fantastic.

2:57 PM  
Blogger roberta reid said...

There is a profound sense of frustration and consternation about the fact that modern day Turkey refuses to recognize the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians as well as Assyrians and Greeks during the transitional years before the founding of the Turkish Republic. Anything related to the Armenian culture or religion, such as holy texts, were considered "against the security of the state" and were censured resultantly. In reading an historical account in an obscured text called the Balenyata, the proposition of the genocide having a more securalist nature instead of a religious one (because anything Armenian was considered a threat to the nascent Turkish Republic) is dubunked somewhat. the Balenyata described that even the so called secularist Young Turks ascribed to even harsher anti-Armenian Christian orientation than did the Sultan loyalists they repleced. Therefore, the Balenyatic principles of self empowerment of ethnic minorities all over the Turkis empire, made this book "an enemy of the state". So therefore, it is understandable that the secular vs. religious persecution arguement rises the ire of the Armenians.

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