University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Teaching The Armenian Genocide

This New York State Board of Education teachers guide, (pp. 4268) provides handouts and a plan for high school students to learn about the Armenian Genocide. The manual also contains copies of the Ottoman government's deportation documents. Published, 1985.
This telegram, protesting the "race extermination" of the Armenians by the Ottoman government, was sent to the U.S. State Department by the American Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, on July 20, 1915.

The Documents

The Turkish Minister of Interior sent directives to various government agencies, a list of edicts regarding the treatment of the Armenians, which were never fully followed by the Turkish troops. A few Turks sheltered friends and forewarned them of the coming expulsions. However, due to the many years of government¥initiated hatred against the Armenians, the Turkish masses welcomed the oppression against the Armenians and contributed to the atrocities. The reproduced documents include fifteen articles outlining regulations related to the settlement and board and lodging and other affairs of Armenians relocated to other places because of war conditions and emergency political requirements; and thirtyfour articles outlining regulations concerning the management of the land and properties belonging to Armenians who have been sent elsewhere as a result of the state of war and the extraordinary political situation. (May 28,1915)

Roots of Oppression, Seeds of Change, a never published curriculum proposed by the New York City Board of Education on the Armenian Genocide (pp. 1-10), reproduced headlines from the New York Times to illustrate the enormity of the crimes against the Armenians by the Turks. 
Tatoo marks on a rescued Armenian slave showing the names of all of previous owners.