The Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaust, was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, mostly citizens within the Ottoman Empire.
The fact that the Armenian genocide occurred over a period of three different Turkish administrations makes it all the more a unique and insidious atrocity, a precursor to the Nazis’ extermination of the Jews during WWII.
Armenia honors Holocaust survivor who coined term ‘genocide’
Armenian capital city names street after Jewish Holocaust survivor Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term ‘genocide’.
Armenia’s capital named a street for Raphael Lemkin, the Jewish lawyer who coined the term genocide.
The deputy mayor of Yerevan, Sergey Harutunyan, said during the ceremony earlier this month that Lemkin’s legacy had a “serious impact” on world history, the Armenrpess agency reported from the Dec. 11 ceremony.
Lemkin was born in what is today Belarus to a Polish-Jewish family. He fled the Nazis in 1941 to the United States.
As a jurist, he helped draft the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, for which he had campaigned for years.