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Resisting GenocideThe Multiple Forms of Rescue$
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Jacques Semelin, Claire Andrieu, and Sarah Gensburger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199333493

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333493.001.0001

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The Impossible Rescue of the Armenians of Mardin

The Impossible Rescue of the Armenians of Mardin


(p.383) 23 The Impossible Rescue of the Armenians of Mardin
Resisting Genocide

Yves Ternon

Oxford University Press

This chapter compares the fate of Armenians in 1915–1916 in two very different provinces of the Ottoman Empire: Mardin, where almost all of them were exterminated, and Sinjar, where they received protection. The Armenians were victims of a genocide perpetrated by order of the Committee of Union and Progress, whose Young Turks was seeking a homogenous Turkish nation and took advantage of the war to resolve the Armenian issue. This chapter first discusses the dual-layered social fabric of Kurdistan (vilayet of Diarbekir) and the Mardin plateau, focusing on the relationship between Kurds and Christians. It then outlines the issues surrounding the rescue of the Mardin Armenians.

Keywords:   rescue, Armenians, Ottoman Empire, Mardin, Sinjar, genocide, Young Turks, Kurds, Christians, Kurdistan

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