The memories of the survivors who witnessed the genocide have become a historical memory for us. The restoration of historical truth by Armenians, as well as the efforts of many representatives of foreign nations, are helping to bridge the gap between East and West Armenia caused by the Genocide. The policy of denial has caused a lack of understanding of this issue, which has had two negative effects.
1. Lack of historiography (creation of false sources).
2. Little reference to the Genocide theme in Armenian literature (absence of state, censorship).
Before, during and after the Genocide, the Turkish government undertook to create a series of legal documents to protect itself, which were related to the deportation and during the deportation of Armenians. Having provoked the First World War, the Turkish government tried to prove the legitimacy of its actions. The deportations and migrations gave the Turks a double advantage in solving the Armenian problem in a unique way, hiding the death sentences of thousands behind the deportations and migrations.
At the time of the genocide, the Ottoman Empire developed its disinformation machine, spreading false facts about the betrayal of the Armenians and the conspiracy prepared by the Armenians, presenting the self-defense fights of the Armenians as evidence. In 1916, the story of Armenian “treachery” and responsibility for it was told. In the “White Book” published by the Sublime Porte, the activities of the Armenian Revolutionary Committees were condemned. This propaganda document, created by the Ministry of the Interior, is composed of texts published by Armenian revolutionaries, while the Armenians were still fighting against Abdul Hamid II, supporting the Young Turks. The “white book” allowed the Turkish government to justify a series of atrocities and riots. The denial becomes flagrant in 1919-1920. During the trials in Constantinople. The organizers of the genocide are sentenced to death in absentia, and some are punished or condemned.