Brutality and Desire: War and Sexuality in Europe’s by Dagmar Herzog (eds.)

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2) Selection of individual Armenians by individual Muslim hosts for absorption into Muslim households. 3) Distribution of Armenians to Muslim families by government agencies. 139 This hatred or distrust of ‘cunning’ and ‘treacherous’ Armenians was a necessary, but not sufficient factor leading to genocide. One also has to take into consideration the related fact that in 1915, when the World War was raging, Ottoman Armenians had become completely identified with the main outer enemy, Russia. As US doctor William S.

After committing the worst outrages on them they had them killed. Cases of rape of women and girls even publicly are very numerous. 62 But most of the gender-specific abuse took place during the deportations, far removed from the frontline. 63 As the marches could drag on for months, so could the suffering. 65 Sexual violence was quite simply the norm on the death marches. 71 A typical report by a German source on the ‘convoys of exiles’ states that [t]he girls were abducted almost without exception by the soldiers and their Arab hangers-on.

2. M. Levene, ‘Creating a Modern “Zone of Genocide”: The Impact of Nationand State-Formation on Eastern Anatolia’, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, XII, no. 3 (Winter 1998), 395; R. F. Melson, Revolution and Genocide: On the Origins of the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust (Chicago, 1992); A. Destexhe, Rwanda and Genocide in the 20th Century (New York, 1995). C. P. Scherrer, ‘Comparing Total Genocide in the 20th Century: A 22-Point Comparison’, Paper Prepared for the Workshop on Comparative Research on Genocide and Mass Murder, Hiroshima (March 2004), adds the Cambodian genocide 1975–1979 to the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, and the Rwandan genocide in his category of ‘total genocides’.

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