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Morgenthau, Henry / The tragedy of Armenia
(1918)

The greatest horror in history,   pp. 3-[16] ff. PDF (4.0 MB)


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conquerors and awakened in them the hope that
they would again become a world-power.
The conditions of the War gave to the Turkish
Government its longed-for opportunity to lay
hold of the Armenians. At the very beginning
they sent for some of the Armenian leaders and
notified them that, if any Armenians should
render the slightest assistance to the Russians
when they invaded Turkey, they would not stop
to investigate but would punish the entire race
for it. During the spring of 1914 they evolved
their plan to destroy the Armenian race. They
criticised their ancestors for neglecting to destroy
or convert the Christian races to Mohammedan-
ism at the time when they first subjugated
them. Now, as four of the Great Powers were
at war with them and the two others were their
allies, they thought the time opportune to make
good the oversight of their ancestors in the
fifteenth century. They concluded that, once
they had carried out their plan, the Great Powers
would find themselves before an accomplished
fact and that their crime would be condoned, as
was done in the case of the massacres of 1895-96,
when the Great Powers did not even reprimand
the Sultan.
They had drafted the able-bodied Armenians
into the army without, however, giving them
arms; they used them simply to build roads or
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