23 April 2002 - Presentations: proceedings of the international conference 30 November-1 December 2000 "There is always an option to say 'yes' or 'no'. The Righteous against the Genocides of the Armenians and the Jews"; "Voci nel deserto Giusti e testimoni per gli armeni", a book by Pietro Kuciukian.
There is Always an Option to say "Yes" or "No" - The Righteous Against the Genocides of Armenians and Jews
International Conference in Padua, Italy from 30 November – 1 December 2000 at
Padua University, Sala dei Giganti.
the genocide of the Armenians
In the framework of first world war (1914-1918), in the area of the Ottoman Empire, in Turkey, we witness the unfolding of the genocide of the Armenian people (1915 – 1923), the first of the Twentieth century. Through it the government of the "Young Turks", which seized power in 1908, carried out the elimination of the Armenian ethnic group, which has inhabited the Anatolic area since the Seventh century b.C..
In the memory of the Armenian people, and also according to the historian's estimates, two thirds of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, nearly 1,500,000 people, perished. Many were the children forced to convert to Islam and the women sent to the harems. The deportation and extermination of 1915 were preceded by the pogroms of 1894-96 planned by Sultan Abdul Hamid II and by those of 1909 carried out by the government of the "Young Turks".