The 1915 Genocide of the Armenians is an important turning point in the history of genocide prevention, international law, and human rights. In fact, Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term genocide, did so in response to the systematic massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. Students and teachers studying this history will examine some of the key challenges of the 20th and 21st centuries: genocide prevention, the dangers of nationalism, the limits of sovereignty, justice after genocide, nation building and the role of international law.

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Memory Denied: Turkey and the Armenian Genocide

Short description: This video profiles photographer Kathryn Cook’s exhibition, Memory Denied.

Peter Balakian's Family Secret: The Armenian Genocide

Short description: Peter Balakian explains that the Armenian Genocide was part of his family’s history.

Taner Akçam: Why is the Armenian Genocide Important?

Short description: Taner Akçam discusses the importance of learning about the Armenian Genocide today.

"You Grow Up and Tell My Story": Author David Kherdian

Short description: David Kherdian provides insight into how he wrote “The Road from Home.”

Related Websites

20 voices

Streaming interviews from 20 survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Other streaming videos include a short overview of the Armenian Genocide, and a brief film where survivors talk about their experiences arriving at Ellis Island and their life as immigrants to the United States. This virtual museum is organized by The Armenian Cultural Center (U.S.) and The Armenian Community Centre (Canada).

Armenian Deportees: 1915-1916

These images, captured by Armin T. Wegner, reveal the horrific struggles of Armenians during the genocide. A German Army 2nd Lieutenant, Wegner was stationed in the Ottoman Empire, and later arrested for smuggling his photographs to Germany and the US.

Armenian Genocide During the First World War: Documents from German State Archives

This site offers a revised and extended collection of German Diplomatic Documents relating to the Armenian Genocide.

Armenian Genocide: Articles

This section of Armeniapedia compiles numerous articles (published mostly in the New York Times) concerning the horrific situation in Armenia between 1915 and 1922.

Armenian History -

A summary of events with links to quotes, first-hand articles, and other materials, on this online Armenian encyclopedia wiki.

Armenian National Institute

Dedicated to the study, research, and affirmation of the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian National Institute (ANI) provides primary source documents, educational resources and background information. History of Armenia provides detailed historical and current information about Armenia as well as news, video clips,and an extensive collection of maps, images and documents relating to Armenian history and religion.

Sample Archival Documents on the Armenian Genocide

Maintained by the Armenian National Institute, this site highlights selected documents from U.S. and British archives that relate to the Armenian Genocide. These documents can be downloaded in either image or text form.

t h e f o r g o t t e n

A timeline of the Armenian Genocide and streaming interviews of survivors and witnesses

Teach Genocide

Maintained by The Genocide Education Project, is an online resource library with lessons plans, survivor accounts, newspaper articles, maps, workbooks, and videos. It also links to sites on Armenian art, culture, history and literature.