Between 1915 and 1922, the Ottoman Turks attempted to erase the Armenian people from the Earth. They succeeded in killing 1.5 million men, women, and children. It was the first time anyone used the word genocide, although few people are fully aware of this atrocity.
It is not taught in schools and is rarely discussed outside of the Armenian community. More than 100 years later, the Turkish government continues to claim the genocide never happened.
It is believed that attempts to conceal and deny the Armenian Genocide contributed to future genocides, in particular the Holocaust. We owe it not only to the descendants of the Armenian Genocide, but all people who are vulnerable, to learn about and learn from our history.