Armenian Holocaust IV

Lead: During World War I, Turkish plans for exterminating or deporting the people of Armenia nearly succeeded.

Intro. : A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Being allied with Germany during the First World War meant that Turkey could settle once and for all its long-running ethnic and religious feud with the Armenians, a community living in a province in disputed territory east of Turkey near the Caspian Sea. The Russians, principle allies of the Armenians, as well as the British and French could not come to their aid because of the war and they were left pretty much at the mercy, or lack of it, of the much stronger Turkish forces.

 

 

Armenian Holocaust III

Lead: When the Armenians threatened to break away from the Ottoman Empire, the Turks tried genocide.

Intro. : A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The first decade of the twentieth century was not a good one for the Ottoman Empire. Often designated by the great powers with less justification than imagined, the "sick man of Europe," Turkey lost control of Crete and watched as large areas of the Balkans and North Africa slipped from their jurisdiction. With imperial fortunes failing, Turkey became more determined to maintain control of its Asian possessions. This included systematic oppression of the Armenians who inhabited a province bordering the Caspian Sea.

 

 

Kristallnacht – III

Lead:  As a part of a steadily intensifying campaign of terror and intimidation against the Jews of Germany, the Nazis used the assassination of a minor German diplomat in Paris as an excuse to unleash a night of unspeakable horror.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Fueled by the virulent anti-Semitism of Adolf Hitler's ideological musings, driven by the constant drumbeat of propaganda hostile to the Jews, and organized by a Nazi Party aroused at the death of  Ernst vom Rath at the hands of a teenaged Jewish student, on the night of November 9, 1938, fires of hate were ignited all over Germany. Jewish businesses and homes were attacked and the sound of breaking windows filled the night. It was Kristallnacht - the night of glass.

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Kristallnacht – II

Lead: In November, 1938 the Nazis stepped up their campaign against the Jews of Germany on Kristallnacht - the night of glass.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In late 1938, Hershl Grynszpan was a seventeen year old Polish student of Jewish heritage. His parents had lived in the German State of Hanover since 1914. As a part of its anti-Jewish legislation, the Nazi government of Adolf Hitler had been placing great pressure on Jews, taking over Jewish business and forcing Jews to emigrate. Grynszpan's family was among those chosen by the Nazis for compulsory emigration or expulsion because they were native Poles.

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Kristallnacht – Part I

Lead:  On November 9, 1938 the full power of Nazi Germany was turned against its Jewish citizens. Their homes, businesses, and places of worship were attacked by carefully orchestrated mobs of roving vandals. It was Kristallnacht - the night of broken glass.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Kristallnacht was not the spontaneous eruption of nativist feelings. It was not the direct result of a lingering general hatred for Jews by the majority of Germans. It was a planned exercise, part of the Nazi Party's policy on race that had for two decades bubbled up out of the fever swamp that was Adolf Hitler's mind.

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Armenian Agony- IV

Lead: During World War I, Turkish plans for exterminating or deporting the people of Armenia nearly succeeded.

Intro. : A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Being allied with Germany during the First World War meant that Turkey could settle once and for all its long-running ethnic and religious feud with the Armenians, a community living in a province in disputed territory east of Turkey near the Caspian Sea. The Russians, principle allies of the Armenians, as well as the British and French could not come to their aid because of the war and they were left pretty much at the mercy, or lack of it, of the much stronger Turkish forces.

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Armenian Agony – III

Lead: When the Armenians threatened to break away from the Ottoman Empire, the Turks tried genocide.

Intro. :  A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The first decade of the twentieth century was not a good one for the Ottoman Empire. Often designated by the great powers with less justification than imagined, the "sick man of Europe," Turkey lost control of Crete and watched as large areas of the Balkans and North Africa slipped from their jurisdiction. With imperial fortunes failing, Turkey became more determined to maintain control of its Asian possessions. This included systematic oppression of the Armenians who inhabited a province bordering the Caspian Sea.

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Armenian Agony – II

Lead: Alarmed by the growth of nationalism throughout the region in the 1900s, the Ottoman Empire centered in Turkey began to crack down on ethnic groups such as the Armenians.

Intro. : A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Loosed by the French Revolution, throughout the nineteenth century the spirit of Nationalism began to spread across eastern Europe into those areas controlled by the Ottoman Empire, whose Sultan ruled a large part of the Balkans and the Middle East from the Turkish capital of Constantinople. In the 1900s the decay gripping the Empire began to accelerate. More and more, ethnic and religious groups were seeking independence or autonomy.

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