Suggested Teaching Instructions
10.5 UNRESOLVED GLOBAL CONFLICT (1914–1945): World War I and World War II led to geopolitical changes, human and environmental devastation, and attempts to bring stability and peace. (Standards: 2, 3, 4, 5; Themes: TCC, GEO, GOV, CIV, TECH, EXCH)
10.5e Human atrocities and mass murders occurred in this time period. Ø Students will examine the atrocities against the Armenians; examine the Ukrainian Holodomor, and examine the Holocaust.
What was the Armenian Genocide and why is it so controversial? Introduce this short video discussing the events and causes of the genocide. Discuss as a class.
What was Armenian Genocide?
Argument: Discuss the cost of war in terms of human losses and environmental impact based on the evidence from the Armenian Genocide. (essay, Socratic Seminar, debate, etc.)
Extension: Research the work of Dr. Finley. How did he contribute to the Armenian Relief Effort?
Taking Informed Action: Write an article for online publishing discussing the importance of remembering the Armenian Genocide and the human costs of World War I.
Almost immediately after reports of violence hit American and international news agencies, a broad movement to raise funds and bring relief to the war torn area began. The American Red Cross and later the International Red Cross were the first to bring relief efforts to parts of Armenia. The American government responded by forming the Near East Relief organization and the American Committee on Armenian Atrocities.
Wealthy and connected philanthropists secured millions of dollars to ensure help to displaced Armenians. Additionally, the Near East Relief organized orphanages all across the region. Among the important priorities were reclaiming females from Turk families that either adopted or enslaved them, training the children for self support, setting up schools and demonstration centers to train them for occupations, and relocating administrations to help find permanent communities in the area and abroad. All told, these groups and efforts of individuals are credited with saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of Armenian orphans.