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Compare the Armenian genocide to that of another in history.

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javaria95 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 30, 2012 at 9:12 AM via web

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Compare the Armenian genocide to that of another in history.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM (Answer #1)

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I think that some of the connections to the Armenian Genocide can be so evident in something Hitler said in 1939.  The connections between the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust are inescapable:

Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?

I think that this reflects how Hitler studied history and recognized how he was inspired, to a great extent, by the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Turkish Ottoman Empire.  The idea of mass killings was something that the Turkish forces used against the Armenians, and something that Hitler refined and "perfected" in the death camps like Auschwitz and Dachau.   Both genocides used the concentration camp/ death camp to make their state sanctioned murder occur with greater "efficiency."  Just as there is really no precise number as to how many Armenians were actually killed, we really have little idea as to how many total victims of the Holocaust there actually were.    Terms like "Extermination" were used freely by those in the position of power in articulating how they felt towards "the other."  Hitler's quote speaks to how a state sanctioned genocide can articulate the desire to eliminate an entire group of people from consciousness and from world memory.  In these examples, one finds how the Armenian Genocide found extension and parallel to the Holocaust.

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