Armenian genocide is one of the most horrifying mass murders towards humanity held by the Ottoman Empire, which resulted death of 1.5 million innocent people. Here are selected some of Armenian genocide photos / pictures that you should take a look to understand it.
During more than a hundred years, Turkish government has done every possible thing to destroy all the facts connected with these massacres. Anyone and anything that proved this massacres happened, have been hunted by Turkish government.
Despite all this enthusiasm to demolish proofs of the Armenian Genocide, there still were some brave people who endangered their lives and took photos and records of these horrifying events, which they witnessed with their own eyes.
If you want to read further to understand the genocide, you can continue to take a look at some Armenian genocide photos here.
Armenian Genocide: Story Behind the Survived Photos
Even though many material, photos, rare videos of the Armenian Genocide have been destroyed over the time. Some of the most heartbreaking pictures survived. Sometimes it’s even disturbing to look at those pictures, because there is so much pain and inhumanity in them. On the other hand, it’s essential to cherish them, watch them and recognize the evil that lives in humans.
We’ve collected some photos from the Armenian Genocide that have stories behind them. The survived pictures are beyond any comment: they are already telling everything with their existence.
Armenian Genocide Photo #1: Extermination of the Armenian Families, 1915
The whole world knows and has recognized the Holocaust, the atrocities committed against Jewish people. Nazi Germany transported Jews via rialto to different concentration camps and murdered them.
However, comparably fewer people may know that the Ottoman Empire treated Armenians in exactly the same way. Millions of Armenians were forcefully transported from their homeland to unknown destinations in extremely inhumane conditions.
The photo is taken in 1915 when Western Armenian families were made to leave their houses and everything which they had created during their lifetime. It was absurd, but the Turks even made Armenians buy the tickets of the train, which was leading them to their own extermination.
Armenian Genocide Photo #2: Crucified People in Deir ez-Zor Desert, 1915
Armenian Genocide photos contain the most gruesome and horrifying scenes, which is even difficult to picture. In the Syrian desert, Deir ez-Zor, where Armenians were exiled, there were crucified bodies on every step.
This photo was taken in 1915, in Deir ez-Zor desert, where Armenian women were raped, tortured brutally and thrown into harems. After those sufferings, they were crucified alive. By crucifying Armenian young women, they showed their disrespect and intolerance towards Christian religion.
Armenian Genocide Photo #3: Excruciating Path to Nowhere, 1915
Millions of Armenians were forced to walk along the mountains and abandoned places. They were walking in complete hunger holding children and trying to protect them.
This picture taken in 1915 demonstrates the sufferings of a woman who is walking with the newborn baby to an unknown destination don’t having even the slightest idea what will happen to her next.
Armenian Genocide Photo #4: Burial Ritual, 1915
The Armenian deportees were living in the open air in makeshift tents until they were massacred. The Ottoman Empire took the tactics of murdering the men at first and only then to start killing women, children and old people.
In this photo taken in 1915, we can see supposedly a burial ritual. The central figure, who is wearing a black robe, is an Armenian priest. This burial ritual is probably performed in memorial of the dead ones. If we look attentively at the picture, we will see that people are living in terrible conditions, they don’t even have shelter, and the only thing they could do was building makeshift tents. The clothing of the people is worn to rags in the photo.
Armenian Genocide Photo #5: Children Starving to Death, 1915-1916
The armed soldiers of the Ottoman Empire were forcefully leading people to the Deir ez-Zor desert to kill and bury all their bodies there. According to them, it was the easiest way to get rid of so many bodies, without a huge buzz. The road was rather long and tough. Some of the deportees weren’t even able to reach the final destination.
There was a lack of food and water. People were starving. However, the most heartbreaking thing was when parents were watching how their children were starving to death, but couldn’t do anything. The photo is taken between 1915 and 1916. It depicts two barefoot boys who died of starvation.
Armenian Genocide Photo #6: Mass Executions in Constantinople, 1915
The Ottoman Empire was intolerant in all spheres connected with Armenians, including religious, political, economical etc. The perfect example of political intolerance towards Armenians was the mass execution of 20 political activists, which belonged to the Armenian political party called “Hunchakyan”.
In fact, these men hadn’t committed any crime. They were so cruelly killed just because they were Armenians. The tragic ceremony was held in Constantinople’s (present-day Istanbul) Bayazet Square, Ottoman Empire in 1915. This kind of mass executions had their aim to spread fear among others in the Ottoman Empire.
Armenian Genocide Photo #7: Demonstration of Beheaded Bodies
Another tactic for spreading fear was killing people with the most horrifying ways and then demonstrating their bodies to the others.
There are beheaded men in this photo. Cases like this were quite common during this mass murder. The bodies which were found afterwards were mainly tortured and raped.
Armenian Genocide Photo #8: Teasing and Torturing Hungry Children, 1915
This might be one of the most heartbreaking Armanian Genocide photos captured in 1915.
Starving children are teased with a piece of bread by a Turkish man! From the suffered and unhealthy bodies of the children in this picture, it won’t be hard to imagine in what conditions they were living.
Armenian Genocide Photo #9: Armenian Orphans in Merzifon , 1918
After the tragic events, many children, who were fortunate enough to escape Armenian Genocide were left without parents.
They had nowhere to go, as all their siblings and relatives were the victims of the terrible massacres. Many of them were sheltered in orphanages in Eastern Armenia, the others spread throughout the world. The photo is taken in 1918, in Merzifon (Turkey).
Armenian Genocide Photo #10: Death Marches in Syrian Desert, 1915-1916
This is how the death march looked. This is a picture of Western Armenian deportees who are forcefully marching to a Syrian desert, where they were killed. They had to walk and weren’t allowed to stop to have a rest for a moment. If someone in the crowd wasn’t able to continue the road they left him/her there without even trying to help.
The one, who would try to help the other, was tortured and whipped too. There were many children among the deportees. Some of them were not more than two years old and were hardly standing on their feet. Even those children were whipped if they were not able to continue the road.
Armenian Genocide Photo #11: Burning People Alive, 1918
This photo is taken in 1918. There are over hundreds of skulls of Armenians burnt alive in the village of Ali-Srnan.
There are quite lot of saved pictures of this kind. Burning innocent people alive and watching them suffer was Young Turks’ most favorite method of killing and having fun at the same time.
Armenian Genocide Photo #12: Children Undergoing Psychological Trauma
Though the small number of deportees could escape the slaughter in such an inhumane way, they were not able to continue living as a full member of society after that. Armenian Genocide mostly influenced children. They were terribly shocked after seeing such things, which are extremely cruel even for the sanest adult.
The horrifying scenes affected on their inner world a lot. The terrible conditions in which they were living at that period had its influence on their health as well. Lot of children had different incurable illnesses because of starvation and inhumane living conditions. Unfortunately, many of them were not strong enough to fight against those diseases and continue living.
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