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Armenia: A History of Pain

Armenia: A History of Pain

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Published by Matthew Hess
Ethnic Cleansing and Forced Circumcision: Devshirme (Gathering) in the 15th - 19th Century and the Genocide of 1915: Circumcision as the Mark of Conversion.
Ethnic Cleansing and Forced Circumcision: Devshirme (Gathering) in the 15th - 19th Century and the Genocide of 1915: Circumcision as the Mark of Conversion.

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Published by: Matthew Hess on May 23, 2009
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Devshirme (Gathering) in the 15th - 19th Century 
Under the Ottoman Empire, the Devshirme Systemwas implemented by Turkish invaders, where youngArmenian boys were apprehended every three to sevenyears and were forced to take a ceremonial oath toconvert to Islam. They were given Turkish names,turned into slaves, and forcibly circumcised.Eventually these Armenian boys were brainwashed into becoming fanatic followers of Islam, and were placedin the Sultan's Yeni Ceri ("New Army") or "Jannisaries". They were not permitted to marry or have children, and were forced by the Ottoman Turkishofficials to kill their own people.
 The Genocide of 1915: Circumcision as the Mark of Conversion
Before Rwanda and Bosnia, and before the Holocaust, the first genocide of the twentiethcentury happened in Turkish Armenia in 1915, when one and a half million Armenians wereannihilated. Armenian women and children were coerced and "escorted" by TurkishGendarmes in death marches across Anatolia.Those who escaped the death marches (mostly children) received assistance from those whohave come to be known as "good Turks." However, these children paid a steep price for their freedom. On top of losing their families, their cultural identities and sexual innocence werestolen from them. Surviving children were coerced into denouncing Christianity and becoming Muslims; were given Turkish names; and were subjected to forced circumcision.
Ethnic Cleansing and Forced Circumcision
Sources:
Avetis Papazian,
Turkish Documents About Armenia and Armenians from 16-19th Century 
; Speros Vryonis,
 Isidore Glabas and the Turkish Devshirme 
; Jay Winter,
 America and the Armenian Genocide of 1915 
; Roudolph J. Rummel,
 Death by Government: Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1900 
; Armenian National Institute,
www.armenian-genocide.org 
; Donald Miller,
Survivors: An Oral History of the Armenian Genocide 
 
Boys being taken for forceful circumcision
A History of Pain
 Turkey 
Armenia 
HistoricArmenia 
Syria IraqIranBlack Sea 
MediterraneanSea CaspianSea Georgia Azerbaijan

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