7 comments on “Honoring the Victims of the Pontian Genocide

  1. After almost a century the Turkish denial of the Genocides in Anatolia is a sore point with my family. My father was 12 when he witnessed some of the atrocities . I am determined that these genocides are not forgotten and I am heartened that at least Golden Dawn have pledged that this doesn’t happen . Turkey has not only denied the genocide, but has actively worked to block its recognition throughout the world. In February, 2013 the Turkish EU minister Egemen Bagis compared the Christian genocides with the act of masturbation .


    The Christian genocide was a three-phase process. First, able-bodied men were rounded up and deported for labor battalions. Second, community leaders and influential people were publicly executed. Then, defenseless women, children and the elderly were massacred or resettled and enslaved.

    Ethnic Greeks, uprooted from their ancestral home of 3,000 years, were the first to be victimized in what in Greece is called, the “Great Catastrophe.” During the first six months of 1914, a concerted effort began to exterminate Greeks with the goal of clearing them out of Asia Minor to make room for Muslim refugees from the Balkans. All Greek men, aged 18 to 50, were ordered to report for military duty. They were incorporated into the Ottoman army then transferred to labor battalions where they died by the thousands of exposure, cold, hunger and deprivation.

    House-to-house searches were conducted for firearms. Greeks were taken from their homes, deported and massacred. Greek men and women were tortured and accused of disloyalty to the Ottoman government. Women and girls were raped and forced to convert to Islam. Boys and girls were kidnapped and transported into the interior of the Empire.

  2. Published compilations at the time provided details of the deliberate massacre of innocent Christians from eyewitness accounts by diplomats and missionaries from various parts of the Ottoman Empire as well as from American, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Greek, Kurdish, Russian, Assyrian and Armenian witnesses. Volumes included the British Blue Book, “The Treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, 1915-1916,” “The Black Book of Sufferings of the Greek People” and “Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story” by the American Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1913-1916, who witnessed the genocide of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek population.

    Descriptions of the atrocities were horrific. Witnesses observed villages surrounded and often set ablaze with no possible exit for villagers. Property, livestock and homes were confiscated by the authorities. Children were poisoned or murdered with injections of morphine and entire schools pumped with toxic gas. Women and children were loaded into boats and taken out to sea to be capsized or thrown overboard. Women and girls were striped naked, beaten with tree branches, raped in full view of family members and skinned and burned alive. The bellies of pregnant women were bayoneted and fetuses tossed into the air and impaled on swords. Some victims were injected with live typhus and suffered a slow death from the ravages of disease. Others were made to march naked with horseshoes nailed to their feet. No water or food was provided and they endured constant beatings by the gangs that escorted them. People were tied to horses and dragged to their deaths or had their bodies torn in half by being tied to opposite tree limbs. Others were crucified, hacked to death and sawed into pieces.


    Court makes 90 million euro award against Turkey for Cyprus human rights violations

    In one of its largest awards, the European Court of Human Rights orders Turkey to pay 90 million euros for human rights

    FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE • Monday, 12 May, 2014


    The judgement is one of the largest ever ordered by the court. Turkey is obliged to pay 90 million euros to the Republic of Cyprus for the violation of human rights during and after the 1974 invasion of the island, the ECHR has ruled on Monday.

    Of the total sum, 30 million euros concern non-pecuniary damage suffered by the relatives violations during the 1974 illegal invasion of Cyprus of the missing persons, or relatives of missing persons and 60 million euros concern non-pecuniary damage suffered by the enclaved Greek Cypriot residents of the Turkish-occupied Karpas peninsula, in the island`s north-eastern tip.

    These amounts are to be distributed by the Cypriot Government to the individual victims under the supervision of the Committee of Ministers. — (KYPE)


  4. Turkey: Reparations for Slavery under Ottoman Rule?

    Like the descendants of enslaved people in the United States, should a proposal for the reparations for slavery be provided to ALL NATIONS which suffered under Ottoman rule?

    Whereby some type of compensation could be proposed in a variety of forms, from individual monetary payments to land-based compensation schemes related to independence.

    The Ottoman Empire was an empire which lasted 623 years, from 27 July 1299 to 1 November 1922, when the monarchy was abolished.

    Slavery_in_the_Ottoman_Empire Slavery_in_the_Ottoman_Empire : 1460’s – 1908 = 448 years of tyranny


    Slavery_in_the_United_States Slavery_in_the_United_States : 1620 – 1865 = 245 years of tyranny

    “It is said that Sultan Mehmed II established the first slave market in Constantinople in the 1460s and as late as 1908, female slaves were still sold in the Ottoman Empire.”

    The German state no longer has ties to the former Nazi Party and yet, Germany to this day is still paying Israel and various Jewish based lobby groups for crimes perpetrated against the Jewish people during WWII by a regime which was dissolved in the last century. I was surprised to discover the following:

    Germany is still paying off £50million of the ‘reparations’ demanded from it after the end of First World War.

    The German Finance Agency, its authority on debt management, said tens of millions of euros are still being transferred to private individuals holding debenture bonds as agreed under the Treaty of Versailles signed on June 28, 1919.”

    Italy agreed to pay reparations of about $105 million to Greece, while Germany may not consider war reparations to Greece an issue anymore


    The Treaty of Lausanne (July 24, 1923) was a peace treaty signed in Lausanne, Switzerland, that settled the Anatolian and East Thracian parts of the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire by annulment of the Treaty of Sèvres (1920) that was signed by the Istanbul-based Ottoman government; as the consequence of the Turkish War of Independence between the Allies of World War I and the Ankara-based Grand National Assembly of Turkey (Turkish national movement) led by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The treaty also led to the international recognition of the sovereignty of the new Republic of Turkey as the successor state of the defunct Ottoman Empire.[15]

    *** Succession of states is a theory and practice in international relations regarding the recognition and acceptance of a newly created sovereign state by other states, based on a perceived historical relationship the new state has with a prior state. The theory has its root in 19th century diplomacy. ***

    Comment: I believe in the near future, we’ll be seeing a trend of alliances forming to collectively deal with this matter, during which countries which have been suppressed under Ottoman tyranny … will cooperate in joint action, each in their own self-interest, joining forces together for a common cause.

    List of Countries who have suffered slavery under Ottoman tyranny:

    Egypt, Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus, North Cyprus, Romania, Moldova, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Sudan, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Italy and Iran.

    “… Indigenous groups such as the Choctaw, Lakota, and Lambuth people have received reparations (and rightly so) for treaty violations that occurred before the emancipation of African Americans. Japanese Americans have received reparations for their inhumane incarceration in internment camps during WWII, as well as the Jews who received reparations after the Nuremberg trials. ”

    Slavery and the slave trade are recognized by international human rights organizations, e.g., the United Nations, as crimes against humanity and as such there are no statutes of limitations against nations who are to pay for these crimes. ”

    The subject of who is accountable for these reparations today and whether or not governments like Turkey are responsible for the crimes against humanity committed by their predecessors centuries ago must be attended to and given serious consideration. The issue is a legal one and may be dragged through bilateral negotiations in the coming years. This is an issue of International Law and won’t be solved by the ICJ (International Court of Justice) alone.

    Some argue the verdict ruled by the international court ruled on 3 Feb 2012 that Germany cannot be held liable for paying reparations to the descendants of victims of a massacre perpetrated during World War II in Italy. The verdict has implications far beyond Nazi-era war crimes, and was welcomed by countries far and wide.

    There are far too many grey areas that need to be addressed, for example does the ICJ ruling close the door to victims of war crimes including slavery? Has the ruling become somewhat of a silent victory for the perpetrators of war crimes and the criminals who have escaped conviction or legal punishment? Will this ruling give a false sense of victory to these criminals, and perhaps enable them to commit crimes again?

    “Once an idea is out and about, it can’t be called back, silenced or erased. You can’t contain it, any more than you could put the head of a dandelion back together after the wind has scattered its seeds.” – P.W. Catanese

    “What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient… highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed – fully understood – that sticks; right in there somewhere.” – Inception (Film)

  5. Rest in peace brothers and sisters of 1919. George, god bless you brother. I’m a fan of all your articles and your patriotism. Keep up the great work!

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