University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


  • Western Media

    Western Media

    Western Media

    Although the Holocaust in some ways parallels the Armenian Genocide, the coverage in Western media was significantly different.  During the Holocaust, the Nazi government successfully suppressed all information, and the Western media learned of the death camps after their liberation by the Allied Forces at the war's end.

    The Armenian Genocide, in contrast, was well covered in the Western media almost from the beginning.  Although the Young Turk government confined journalists to Constantinople and controlled all telegraph communication, there were simply too many witnesses to the atrocities.

    Despite the extensive contemporary coverage, including eyewitnesss accounts, the Genocide was suppressed and ignored by the media following World War I.  Exhaustion, boredom, and the political and economic relationship of the Western Powers with Turkey relegated it to the academic arena.

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