The name given to the organized attempts made by the Turks on at least three occasions to extirpate Armenians living in Asia Minor. The first series of massacres occurred in 1895-96, and appears to have had the aid of the Turkish Government. Again in 1909 outbreaks occurred at Adana, in Syria, and its vicinity, having at least the connivance of the Turkish Government. The third, and probably the worst, outbreak occurred in 1915, after Turkey entered the war as Germany’s ally. Thousands of the Armenian population of Asia Minor were either killed on the spot or else deported into the most inhospitable spots in the Ottoman Empire, there to die of starvation. The total number of those who have lost their lives is not exactly known, but is large enough to brand such procedure as one of the most_ shamelessly brutal race massacres of all* time. That religious differences or economic disturbances- the Armenians are the small capitalists of Asia Minor-are not responsible is proved by the fact that in normal times Armenian and Turk work together without grave friction. It would appear that the desire to eliminate an alien race and to destroy any possible allies for a Russian advance in Asia Minor are at the bottom of the affair ; that it is the Government and not the average Turk who is responsible. - Germany could have stopped the massacres by a word, but she withheld that word. For German testimony to Turkish atrocities in Armenia and responsibility of the German Government therefor, see the book by a former German army officer and war correspondent, Dr. Harry. -Stunner, Two Years in Constantinople (trans., 1917).
source : MACHINISTS’ MONTHLY JOURNAL WASHINGTON D.- C, JUNE, 1918
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