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Aubree Tafoya

World Issues
December 4th, 2017
Period 5
Stages of the Armenian Genocide
1. Classification: Muslims vs. Christians
2. Symbolization: Armenians were called “unbelievers, gavours, or infidels”
3. Dehumanization: Took away their basic rights, weapons, and were mocked and tortured
by some Muslims.
4. Organization: The Young Turks Movement created the Committee of Union and
Progress. It was this committee that plan to, with World War I impending, “take out the
enemy within”.
5. Polarization: The Turks said that their resettlement plan for the Armenians was to get
them out of the middle of Turkey and Russia, but in reality it was because the Armenians
efforts to help Russia in the war was considered treasonous.
6. Preparation: Turks went around and collected weapons from the Armenians, so when
the time came to attack, the Armenians wouldn’t have any way to defend themselves.
7. Extermination:
The Hamidian Massacres: a foreshadowing event leading up to the genocide.
Up to 300,000 people were murdered, and thousands fled Turkey.
Adana Massacres: April 1909. 30,000 people were killed, and half of the city
was destroyed
Death Marches: The government sent Armenian people through the Syrian
Desert, saying there was a final destination fo them. But, they were actually just sending
them out to eventually die in the desert.
8. Denial: The Turks claimed that all of this wasn’t inhumane, but it was an act of
retaliation. In 2004, the Turkish government passed Article 305, which claims that even talking
about the Armenian Genocide is punishable by time in prison.

Aubree Tafoya
Period 5

11 December 2017

Armenian Genocide Memorial

The memorial I created is a large stone monument with the Armenian symbol acrossis,

and the word “Faith” in Armenian engraved across the top. The message this memorial is trying

to convey is that, the genocide that occured will not be forgotten. This is something important to

convey with all genocides in order to prevent anything similar happening again. The intended

audience is for Armenians, to know that their heritage is not forgotten, and for those who don't

know about the Armenian genocide, to inform them of the horrible acts that occurred. There are

no subordinate messages in this memorial. It is very straight forward, in order to easily inform

people of what occured in Turkey. When people view this memorial, I want them to feel very

solemn. This memorial is to honor the memory of those who were killed in the Armenian

genocide, and there needs to be a solemn vibe in order to do that correctly. The memorial is

very realistic. I want everyone to easily understand what happened during this genocide. So,

when they view the memorial, they will have a strong idea of what happened. The monument is

made out of stone, and is surrounded by flowers. I felt the more simple the monument was, the

more respectful was. Ergo, I made the monument out of stone. But, there are also many stone

sculptures in Armenian culture, so I took inspiration from that as well.

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