Genocide

In Honor of the past and present victims and survivors of Genocide everywhere.

WE DO REMEMBER!

AND WE ARE SORRY!

The Holocaust of Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler (1938-1945)

Perhaps the most well known case of genocide is the Die Endlosung of Nazi Germany (The Final Solution) in which the Nazi Government systematically murdered approximately six million European Jews not including other victims of persecution, some of which are the Roma, Poles, Soviet POWs, Homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Mentally Disabled, Transsexuals, Communists and Freemasons.

The total number of victims of the Nazi Holocaust reaches almost 11,000,000 people, but because of the destruction of records by the Nazi’s towards the end of the war, it is impossible to give an exact number.

Some justice came thought the Nuremberg War Trials, in which twenty four top ranking members of the Nazi party were tried mainly for War Crimes and Crimes against humanity. twelve of these men were sentenced to death, and the remaining served sentences from 10 years to life in prison. Three of the tried were acquitted.

The Nanking Massacre or the Rape of Nanking (1937-1938)

Considered to be the single worst atrocity of WWII, the Massacre of Nanking took place for six weeks in the Capital of China. 300,000 Chinese citizens and soldiers were murdered at the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army. About 20,000 Chinese women were raped by the invading Japanese, and many Chinese POWs were either burned alive, shot or stabbed to death after surrendering.

The Armenian Genocide (1915-1918)

The First Genocide of the twentieth century took place in Turkey and claimed the lives of 2,000,000 Armenians.

In 1914, at the start of the First World War, a new, anti-Armenian government (the Muslim Turans) which had been pressuring the Christian Armenians and had openly led the previous murder of 30, 000 Armenians in 1909, forced all Armenians to turn in their weapons to the Turan government which had sided with the Central Powers (Germany and Austria-Hungary). On April 25, 1915, the Genocide officially began and eventually ended nearly six years afterward. The three Turan Governors of Turkey were hunted down into Germany by Armenian survivors and killed.

Anti-Armenian attacks continued, despite the work of American President Woodrow Wilson. The only surviving Armenian ground did so by joining the Soviet Union, and in 1991 its independence was regained after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Ukraine Famine (1932-1938)

The Ukraine first came under attack by both the Red Army (Lenin) and the White Army (Loyal to the Czars) of Russia. Lenin began by draining the grains and supplies of the Ukraine to feed his massive armies. Eventually, after realizing the devastating effects of his actions he reduced the amount of grain and supplies that he drained from the people and even made a Trade agreement with the Ukraine. His Successor Joseph Stalin, broke the agreement and drained the food of the Ukraine, and in order to force Soviet lifestyle and culture on the country, he moved to kill the entire Kulak social class.

Through Propaganda, wrongful arrests , executions and famine, the Stalinist Soviets managed to take the lives of 2,000,000 Ukrainians, many of them children.

The Ukraine Famine was mostly ignored by the American and other International governments.

Cambodian Genocide (1975-1979)

Pol Pot leader of the Khmer Rouge (a teenage communist militia) took advantage of teh U.S. troop withdrawal in Viet Nam and Cambodia and seized control of Phnom Penh and tried to replicate Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward” in which he forced all ‘pure’ members of Cambodia to work in what became known as Death Fields. By his deposition by Viet Nam soldiers, Pol Pot had managed to kill 2,000,000 people, either though his purification of Cambodia practices (similar to those of Hitler in Germany) and though famine and overworking his subjects.

Pol Pot died of a heart attack shortly after his arrest and before he was tried for crimes against humanity.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: