In 1921, six years after the extermination of the Armenian peoples in Turkey, an Armenian survivor by
the name of Soghomon Tehlirian murdered former Ottoman Grand Vizier Talaat Pasha on the streets of
Berlin. The Grand Vizier had been instrumental in the genocide committed against the Armenian
peoples, a genocide Tehlirian had witnessed (and survived) firsthand. What followed was a two-day trial
in which Tehlirian was acquitted. Students in this lesson participate in a mock trial of Tehlirian. Students
are assigned different roles: witnesses, attorneys, court personnel, and jury members. After going
through testimonies and managing the evidence, students must decide if the assassination of Talaat
Pasha is justified.
University of Minnesota, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
The Armenian Genocide: The Trial of Tehlirian.
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