It has been slightly over a hundred years since the Ottoman Empire committed one of the most awful tragedies of the 20th century – genocide of the Armenian people. Muslim Ottoman Turkey considered Christian Armenians second-rate people, they had been for years oppressed, humiliated and put to death. The tragedy of 1915 became the culmination of suffering of ethnic Armenians in Turkey when more than 1.5 million people were killed. However Istanbul has so far refused to take any responsibility for the atrocities, intentionally understating the number of innocent victims.
Many world powers have recognized the genocide of Armenian people, among them are Austria, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and others. Germany has recently joined them as well, when its Parliament almost unanimously adopted a resolution declaring the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 a genocide.