After going through middle school and high school I got tired of reading books about the Holocaust. Everybody acknowledges the fact that the Holocaust was a horrible crime against humanity and a severely punishable offense. What infuriates me is the fact that before the Holocaust, during World War I genocide occurred, the first genocide of the 20th century, the Armenian genocide.
The Armenian genocide was the deliberate and systematic murder of Armenians during WWI. It was characterized by massacres and the use of deportation under conditions that led to the death of the deportees.
Ottoman officials uprooted thousands of Armenians from their homes in order to lead them to “supposed safety”, but instead forced them to march hundreds of miles through the deserts of Syria, without food or water. The Armenian genocide occurred due to the strong Muslim presence in the area. By removing the only Christian country in the region, Turkey and Azerbaijan would link up and form a chain of Muslim nations extending from the Mediterranean to the Caspian. After massacring one and a half million Armenians, the Young Turks failed in their mission of achieving Muslim domination in the Caucuses. As an Armenian it is my responsibility to inform people everywhere what the Armenian genocide was and enlighten them about this crime that has occurred in this world and has yet to be brought to justice. It is my responsibility to disprove Hitler that stated “Only thus shall we gain the living space (Lebensraum) which we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” It is necessary to not be ignorant and blind to issues that have occurred and are going to occur, and treat everyone justly without discrimination.