The Amermenian genocide: Almost 100 years of pain

ByTAMAR PILEGGI
May 1, 2014 11:09

The Armenian holocaust of 1915 was commemorated last week at the Hebrew University, but Israel has yet to recognize it officially.




Pupils from the Sts. Tarkmanchatz Armenian School of Jerusalem

Pupils from the Sts. Tarkmanchatz Armenian School of Jerusalem. (photo credit:YOAV LOEFF)

The 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide was marked at the Hebrew University last week. The genocide resulted in the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians (as well as hundreds of thousands of other Christian minorities) by Ottoman Turks. During and after World War I, genocidal policies were implemented that systematically targeted Turkey’s indigenous Christian populations for forced deportation and extermination.

Armenians are still haunted by the ghosts of that genocide – its memory often avoided or denied altogether, effectively prolonging the psychological effects of trauma for generations.

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