Executions of Armenian Leaders

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executions of Armenian leaders   

Photographs by Armin T. Wegner

Armenians had lived in their traditional lands for thousands of years. For much of the last thousand years they had lived as an ethnic and religious minority (Christian) in the Ottoman Empire. In 1915, during the First World War, the Turkish government resolved the "Armenian Question" by eliminating this population from the Ottoman Empire. In February of 1915 the government ordered Armenian men serving in the army disarmed. They were organized into labor groups and eventually were killed. In April they rounded up and summarily arrested Armenian community leaders and intellectuals. Nearly all of these men were executed.


Part of The Armenian Genocide exhibit