7. Between 1915 and 1930, the Near East Relief charity administered more than $117,000,000 of assistance for refugee camps, healthcare, shelter, clothing and food.
The American charity was created to aid the victims of the genocide. They are also credited with helping 132,000 orphans throughout the region.
8. Turkey Has Not Formally Recognized the Genocide
Turkey’s Prime Minister recently offered his condolences over the massacre but condemned Pope Francis for calling the massacres the “first genocide of the 20th century”. An Armenian church canonized the victims as martyrs to which Erdogan responded: “Thirty million people died, and why are you highlighting the Armenian citizens? More than 4 million Muslims died during the war.” Due to political ties with Turkey, President Obama abstained from using the word genocide when commemorating the 100th anniversary of the massacres.
9. Grand Vizier Damad Ferid Pasha recognized the genocide by holding war crimes trials that condemned to death the major leaders responsible.
“It is far from my thought to cast a veil over these misdeeds, which are such as to make the conscience of mankind shudder with horror forever; still less will I endeavor to minimize the degree of guilt of the actors in the great drama. The aim which I have set myself is that of showing to the world with proofs in my hand, who are the truly responsible authors of these terrible crimes.” Damad Ferid Pasha (Ottoman Grand Vizier)
10. On August 10, 1920, the Allied Powers, the new leaders of Turkey and the Republic of Armenia signed the Treaty of Sevres.
The treaty recognized the independent state of Armenia which comprised a smaller portion of the former homeland. The Treaty of Lausanne was signed on July 24, 1923 after Turkey fought the terms of the previous treaty.
There are three Armenian museums in the U.S.
The Armenian Museum of America in Watertown, MA
Photographs of the lost city of Khodorchur, home to thousands of Catholic Armenians before 1915, is currently on display.
The Ararat Eskijian Museum in Los Angeles
The Manoogian Museum in Detroit
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