Armenian Genocide Propelled Modern Humanitarian Movement, Says Historian

Keith David Watenpaugh

A UC Davis historian argues in a recently published paper in the American Historical Review that the Armenian Genocide sparked the modern humanitarian movement.

Keith David Watenpaugh, an associate professor who teaches in the religious studies program, says: “This was the first time a major international body, in this case the League of Nations, intervened on behalf of a large population of refugees and genocide survivors, to try to help them. Many Americans were involved in this effort. And it was also a major failure.”

Watenpaugh’s paper, “The League of Nations’ Rescue of Armenian Genocide Survivors and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism, 1920-1927,” was published in the December edition of the American Historical Review, the official publication of the American Historical Association.

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  1. Allen Yekikian said:

    The humanitarian response to the Armenian Genocide was also the Red Crosses inaugural mission.

  2. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    Thanks for sending this article…by Keith David Watenpaugh
    From my experience…I never like to use word Muslims…
    Religion nothing to do with genes.
    Who kills is faithless…this we should know…

    Religion versus Race

    In every religion
    There breathes an angel and devil uncultivated human.
    Religion is faith, difficult to analyze in unsown harts(hearts)!

    Armenians lived with Muslims since the genocide
    Turkish Muslims murdered us
    While Arab and Persian Muslims saved Armenian lives
    Respecting their honest creative genes.
    Thus, Arabs must be defined a peace loving race—
    “Anti-genocide” *.

    Now to the Christian American Congress
    United with British dishonest members of parliament;
    They never want to recognize our Genocide
    That Ottoman Turks, in 1915, vanished
    One and a half million ‘Innocent Artful Hands’, and
    Deprived us our mothers’ beds…lands…our Mount Ararat,
    Spreading Us immigrants…at every corner…at hartful and hartless space.

    Because we’re an honest race
    Other ethnicities understood Us…respected and praised
    We served and will serve them with our devoted ‘Harts yev Hands’…
    Since our genes illuminate alacrous…
    Love and Care.

    It is a palpable fact to crave,
    Since the earth gave its first birth,
    “Politics breathe faithless.”

    March 20, 2009
    Recent stories from my clinic narrates, how the brave…honest…generous Arab Sheiks
    (Al-Anzi, Al-Shammari, Al-Dufairi…) saved the Armenian orphans.
    Published in my poetry collection
    A Poetic Soul Shined of Genocides (2008)

    • bigmoustache said:

      i dont know where religion comes here…but ill say this..
      we were betrayed by christian nations more than muslim…

  3. manooshag said:

    Thank you, your voice speaks for our great losses to inhumanity of the Turk – still needed today.
    You might enjoy reading in the article:
    THREE APPLES An Armenian Christmas Gift to a Traveller. Manooshag