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The Sandcastle Girls

A Novel

By Chris Bohjalian

The Sandcastle Girls
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A Brief History of the Armenian Genocide

Map of modern day ArmeniaThe word "genocide" was coined in 1943 by Raphael Lemkin, a Jewish Polish legal scholar, although it didn't enter common usage until the Nuremberg trials (the criminal prosecution of those responsible for the Holocaust). The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines it as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."

The Armenian Genocide, which many scholars consider the first modern genocide, refers to the systematic extermination of the Armenian citizens of the Ottoman Empire during and ...

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