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Brutality and Desire: War and Sexuality in Europe's by D. Herzog

By D. Herzog

Tracing sexual violence in Europes 20th century from the Armenian genocide to Auschwitz and Algeria to Bosnia, this pathbreaking quantity expands army heritage to incorporate the world of sexuality. studying either tales of consensual romance and of intimate brutality, it additionally contributes major new insights to the historical past of sexuality.

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He advised the Vartinians that they could only Matthias Bjørnlund 41 survive by converting, which the mother, a devout Christian, refused at first; but Ali told her that the alternative would be that her children would be killed in front of her and that she would be forced to marry a Turk. Left with such a choice, she decided to convert, but only ‘externally’, remaining Christian in secret. Conversion required that they all went to a judge in the city council, denounced their faith, and declared their adherence to Islam.

8 The latter applies to the Armenian genocide, which was executed as what one might call two sequential, relatively distinct, but interconnected gendercides within the framework of a larger exterminatory campaign. Thus, the first victims of the Armenian genocide were almost exclusively men: the approximately 200,000 Armenian soldiers fighting in the Ottoman army who, from 18 Sexual Violence during Armenian Genocide the beginning of 1915, were disarmed and massacred or worked to death in large numbers, followed by politicians, religious leaders, and other members of the Armenian elite who were arrested, deported, often tortured, and killed from the spring of that same year.

27 Another eyewitness, Mushegh Hakobian, born 1890 in Nicomedia, also reported that Armenians were marched back and forth or in circles: ‘They were so pitiless that they made us return and walk the same road through hills and valleys anew so as to exhaust us completely. We had already no bread and no water . . 29 This typical and seemingly pointless procedure can be explained not only with the need to carry out the destruction of the remaining Armenians near remote rivers and gorges suited for the killing and disposal of bodies,30 at a safe distance from (Western) eyewitnesses, and from the general Muslim population due to fear of diseases,31 but also with keeping deportees away from sources of food and water and minimizing the possibility of escape.

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