August 7, 1933 Anatomy of Genocide

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Soghomon Tehlirian 1921

Soghomon Tehlirian studied his quarry, for weeks. He even took an apartment near the man’s home at #4 Hardenbergstraße, to shadow the hated Talaat Pasha and learn his daily routine.

Then came the day. March 15, 1921. Tehlirian waited with his unsuspecting victim at a crosswalk, hurrying across only to turn and cross, once more. To look into the man’s eyes. Identity thus confirmed, the assassin wheeled on passing his victim, and raised the Luger. A single bullet in the nape of the neck.

The hated architect of the deportation and murder of so many of his people, of the extermination of 85 members of the assassin‘s own family, was dead before he hit the street.Tehlirian did not run. He waited patiently for the Polizei and surrendered, upon their arrival.

12 jurors of a Weimar Court pronounced Tehlirian not guilty of this, his second assassination. The first…

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