The Armenian massacre that inspired Hitler: New photos
The killing of 1.5m Armenians by the Ottoman Turks during World War I remains one of the bloodiest and most contentious events of the 20th century, and has been called the first modern genocide.
In all, 25 concentration camps were set up in a systematic slaughter aimed at eradicating the Armenian people - classed as "vermin" by the Turks.
Winston Churchill described the massacres as an "administrative holocaust" and noted: "This crime was planned and executed for political reasons. The opportunity presented itself for clearing Turkish soil of a Christian race."
Chillingly, Adolf Hitler used the episode to justify the Nazi murder of six million Jews, saying in 1939: "Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?"
Yet, carried out under the cover of war, the Armenian genocide remains shrouded in mystery - not least because modern-day Turkey refuses to acknowledge the existence of its killing fields.
Now, new photographs of the horror have come to light. They come from the archives of the German Deutsche Bank, which was working in the region financing a railway network when the killing began.
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Peter Melvoin - 9/5/2007
New photos were part of the basis of this story.
Where may they be viewed?
Randll Reese Besch - 9/5/2007
Hitler learned the racisist eugenics from the USA,concentration camps from the British and mass calculated murder from the Turks. Oh, the Germans also killed up to 5.5 million other people rarely mentioned i.e. communists,homosexuals and Romany.
Who remembers them?
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