" All Turkish children also should be
killed as they form a danger to the Armenian nation"
Hamparsum Boyaciyan, nicknamed "Murad," a former Ottoman parliamentarian
who led Armenian guerilla forces, ravaging Turkish villages behind the lines, 1914. Cited
from Mikael Varandean, "History of the Dashnaktsutiun." (Alternately known as "History of the A.R.Federation" ["H.
H. Dashnaktsutyan Patmutiwn," Paris,1932 and Cairo,1950]. The author [1874-1934] has
other works, including "L'Arménie et la Question Arménienne," noted in the
library as "Delegation propaganda authenticated by the Armenian delegation at the
Paris Peace Conference, 1919"])
"I killed Muslims by every means
possible. Yet it is sometimes a pity to waste bullets for this. The best way is to gather
all of these dogs and throw them into wells and then fill the wells with big and heavy
stones. as I did. I gathered all of the women, men and children, threw big stones down on
top of them. They must never live on this earth."
A. Lalayan, Revolutsionniy Vostok (Revolutionary East) No:
2-3, Moscow, 1936. (Highly deceptive Armenian activists on the Internet are spreading
rumors there is no Lalayan. The above quote has been confirmed. Lalaian was an Armenian Soviet historian and the Dashnag report above
was first published in issue 2-3 of the magazine, Revolyutsionniy Vostok and then in issue
2 of Istoricheskie Zapisky, the organ of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Institute of
History, The above quote is from a proud Dashnag officer, Aslem Varaam, in the report he
wrote from the Beyazit-Vaaram region in 1920, Updated translation:: “I exterminated
the Turkish population in Bashar-Gechar without making any exceptions. One sometimes feels
the bullets shouldn’t be wasted. So, the most effective way against these dogs is to
collect the people who have survived the clashes and dump them in deep holes and crush
them under heavy rocks pressed from above, not to let them inhabit this world any longer.
So I did accordingly. I collected all the women, men and children and extinguished their
lives in the deep holes I dumped them into, crushing them with rocks.”)
"When we arrived at Zeve, the village couldn't be passed
through because of its stench. It was as if the bones in our noses would fall off... There
were bodies everywhere. We saw a weird scene on the threshold of one house: they had
filled the house with Muslims and burned it, and so many people had been burnt that the
fat that had oozed from under the threshold had turned back into the trench in front of
the door. That is, it was as if the river of fat had risen and later receded. The fat was
still fresh. The entire village had been destroyed and was in this situation. I saw this
with my own eyes, and I'll never forget it. We heard that they did the same thing to the
Muslims on Carpanak Island. The Armenians told me about the latter; I did not see it for
Haci Osman Gemicioglu, an Armenian-Turk (having converted to Islam) who
eyewitnessed the 1915 Zeve massacre; as told to Huseyin Celik, during interviews conducted in the late
"Only 1,500 Turks remain in Van"
The Gochnag, an Armenian newspaper published in the United States, May 24,1915
... in a proud report documenting the slaughter of the Turkish citizenry of Van. (Holdwater: this Internet quote needs to be verified. The date is
wrong; the closest issues for the weekly are from May 22 and May 29. The origin evidently
was a 1982 publication from Ankara's Institute of Foreign Policy, entitled "Ermeni
Sorunu [Armenian Question], 9 soru 9 cevap," page 23. Guenter Lewy states on p. 98 of
his 2005 "Disputed Genocide" book that 3,000 Muslims were left in Van.)
"Thousands of Armenians from all over the world, flocked to
the standards of such famous fighters as Antranik, Kery, Dro, etc. The Armenian volunteer
regiments rendered valuable service to the Russian Army in the years of
Kapriel Serope Papazian, Patriotism Perverted, Boston Baker Press, 1934, pg. 38
"With the decline of Ottoman power, and the formalization of
tyranny, the spirit of the Zeitun mountaineers remained alert. The government launched a
number of expeditions against the town, but these were unsuccessful. The warrior spirit of
its armed inhabitants, and its fortress-like setting, made Zeitun a natural focus for the
attention of a nationalist or revolutionary, who had seen the success of the revolts in
Greece and Serbia. Perhaps a similar success could be gained in Cilicia..."
(Christopher J. Walker, Armenia, The Survival of a Nation, Croom Helm, London / St.
Martin's Press, N. Y., 1980, pp. 100-101).
"I have it from absolute
first-hand information that the
Armenians in the Caucasus attacked Tartar (Muslim) villages
that are utterly defenseless and bombarded these villages
with artillery and they murder the inhabitants, pillage the
village and often burn the village."
Admiral Mark Bristol, Bristol
Papers, General Correspondence: Container #32: Bristol to Bradley Letter of September 14,
"The Moslems who
did not succeed in escaping [the city] were put to death..."
Grace H. Knapp, The Tragedy of Bitlis, Fleming H.
Revell Co., New York (1919) , page 146.
"We closed the roads and mountain passes that might serve as
ways of escape for the Tartars (Turks), and then proceeded in the work of extermination.
Our troops surrounded village after village. Little resistance was offered. Our artillery
knocked the huts into heaps of stones and dust, and when the villages became untenable and
the inhabitants fled from them into the fields, bullets and bayonets completed the
Ohanus Appressian, describing incidents in
1919; Memoirs of an Armenian officer, Men are Like That, 1926.
"This three-day massacre by Armenians is recorded in history
as the 'March Events' and thousands of Muslims, old people, women and children lost their
F. Kazemzadeh, The Struggle for Transcaucasia (New York,
1951), p. 69. (This excerpt refers not to Armenian atrocities
against Ottoman Turks, but to "Tartar" (derogatory for "Tatar") Turks,
when Armenia attacked Azerbaijan in 1918. Regarding this period of March 30 to April
1 1918, Vladimir Lenin said that commissar S. Shaumyan, the chief architect of the
massacres throughout Azerbaijan, “turned Baku into an Armenian operated henhouse
[slaughterhouse].” According to Justin McCarthy's “Death and Exile,"
"Between 8,000 and 12,000 Muslims were killed in Baku alone.…”)
“As the Armenians found support among the Reds
(who regarded the Tartars as a counter-revolutionary elements) the fighting soon
became a massacre of the Tartar population”
W. E. D. Allen and Paul Muratoff, “Caucasian
Battlefields”, Cambridge University Press, 1953, p. 481
"Many massacres were committed by the Armenians until our
army arrived in Erzurum... (after General Odesilitze left) 2,127 Muslim bodies were buried
in Erzurum's center. These are entirely men. There are ax, bayonet and bullet wounds on
the dead bodies. Lungs of the bodies were removed and sharp stakes were struck in the
eyes. There are other bodies around the city."
Official telegram of the Third Royal Army Command, addressed to the Supreme
Command, March 19, 1918; ATASE Archive of General Staff, Archive No: 4-36-71. D. 231. G.2.
K. 2820. Dos.A-69, Fih.3.
"There is little news from the interior save that the Russians
have entered Van. The contingent is mostly composed of Armenian volunteers who fight with
desperate courage, but whose excesses have shocked even the Russian commanders."
Lewis Einstein, "Inside Constantinople – A [Diplomat's] Diary During the
Dardanelles Expedition, April-September, 1915,". 1917, p. 68; John Murray, London.
The book is a daily recording of what Einstein saw, heard, received and possibly imagined
with cleverly inserted passages on the Armenian massacres. Curiously, Ambassador
Morgenthau is not mentioned at all.
Armenians did exterminate the entire Muslim population of Russian Armenia as Muslims were
considered inferior to the Armenians by the prominent leaders of the Dashnaks."
Mikael Kaprilian, Armenian revolutionary leader, in
"In Soviet Armenia today there no longer exists a single Turkish soul."
Sahak Melkonian, Preserving the Armenian Purity,
"Literally Tzeghagron means 'to make a religion of one’s
race.' Patterned after the Nazi Youth It was also called Racial Patriots. Nejdeh wrote:
'The Racial Religious believes in his racial blood as a deity. Race above everything and
before everything. Race comes first. Everything is for the race.' In the April 10, 1936,
issue of Hairenik Weekly, Nejdeh stated: 'Today Germany and Italy are strong because as a
nation they live and breathe in terms of race.' From Racial Patriots and Tzeghagrons, the
name of the [Boston] Dashnag youth group was later changed to Armenian Youth
Federation, or the AYF, as it is currently known."
John Roy Carlson, a.k.a. Arto Derounian, "The Armenian Displaced Persons,"
Armenian Affairs, 1949-50, p. 19. A beautiful description of fanatically racist Armenian
minds in today's Internet forums, proudly carrying on the tradition of Hitleresque racial
superiority. This ability to distinguish Armenian "purity" from sub-human
Muslims and Jews is what helped enable so many Armenians to commit mass murder.
"Since all the able Moslem men were in the army, it was easy for the Armenians to
begin a horrible slaughter of the defenseless Moslem inhabitants in the area. They ...
simply cleaned out the Moslem inhabitants in those areas. They performed gruesome deeds,
of which I, as an eye witness honestly say that they were much worse than what Turks have
been accused of as an Armenian atrocity."
General Bronsart von Schellendorf , "A Witness for Talat Pasha," Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung,
July 24, 1921
"There are 400.000 Armenians in the Caucasus, who
escaped from the Ottoman State."
Hatisov, a later
Armenian President, who had joined the Trabzon Conference (14 March-14 April 1918), in a
message to Hüseyin Rauf. (Richard Hovannisian later updated
this figure to 500,000.) In addition to other non-Ottoman lands many thousands of
Armenians had found refuge in (e.g., Iran, Greece), it becomes plain to see all the
Armenian men could not have been murdered in one magical stroke, as Armenian propaganda
tells us. (Akdes, Nimel Kurat, Turkey and Russia, Ankara, 1990, p.471)
"It is in our
blood to hate the Turks. However, we hate Bulgarians and Greeks also. The Jews like Turks,
but they hate Arabs. The Arabs, in their turn, are not in favour with the Turks. And the
level of hatred is rising."
Narek Mesropian, described as Armenia's poet laureate, in Golos Armenii, a
Russian-language newspaper in Armenia, in an August 5, 1997 article reflecting the tension
between the Armenian and Jewish communities. Interestingly, the Turks are not accused of
"For too many years Armenian mothers had lulled
their children to sleep with songs whose theme was Turkish fierceness and savagery."
Ohanus Appressian, lending testimony to how innocent
Armenian children are subjected to the brutality of racism by their parents; their
"Love NOT Thy Neighbor" churches are also known to join in this hatred
Are Like That, 1926.
"... It's better that I be a dog or a cat, than a
Edna Petrosyan, a SIX YEAR OLD Californian girl who
recites hateful poems on the insistence of her mother. It is easy to see how this cycle of
hate-perpetuation feeds the "Armenian Genocide" obsession for most Armenians.
The Los Angeles Times, February 1, 1990
"Who wants to defend Turks?"
Pauline Kael, "When The Lights Go Down,"
"The Armenians snap, or rather they eat, the hands that feed
Henry Morganthau, U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, in
private to American officials, in response to reports concerning Armenian Cannibalism. (Source unconfirmed)
"...In the early part of 1915, therefore,
every Turkish city contained thousands of Armenians who had been trained as soldiers and
who were supplied with rifles, pistols, and other weapons of defense. The operations at
Van once more disclosed that these men could use their weapons to good advantage..."
Henry Morganthau, U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire,
Ambassador Morgenthau's Story, Doubleday, Page & Co., Garden City, New York (1918),
"I have really found it impossible
to sit down and dictate a letter quietly. So I have instructed (Hagop) Andonian to take my
diary and copy it with some elaborations of his own. Of course this relieves me of all
responsibility for any error."
Henry Morganthau, U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire (Lowry, 1990; Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential
Library, New York, Letters; Box 7 May 11, 1915; Box 1 2 September 1, 1915; Box 8 July
"It is to be hoped that the future historian will not give
too much heed to the drivel one finds in the books of diplomatist-authors."
George A. Schreiner, American War/Political Correspondent,
"The Craft Sinister: A Diplomatico-Political History of the Great War and its Causes,
(G. Albert Gayer, New York, 1920)"; Schreiner criticized Ambassador Morgenthau in a
letter, aware of the Ambassador's fabrications in "Ambassador Morgenthau's
"True friendship among Armenians is a rare thing
indeed..." — "...Hatred and envy: they seem to come naturally to
Ara Baliozian, Armenian writer; (Source)
"Every Armenian has another Armenian whom he considers his
"An Armenian's worst enemies are not odars but
Armenians." ("Odars" : foreigners)
"Our perpetual enemy — the enemy that will eventually
destroy us — is not the Turk but our own complacent superficiality."
"What kind of people are we?... Instead of reason, blind
instinct. Instead of common sense, fanaticism."
". . . Our past is filled with countless instances of
betrayal and treachery.. ."
Various Armenian writers, quoted by Ara Baliozian (Source)
"In life, questions outnumber answers. Case in point: If they are bloodthirsty
savages, why did they wait for 600 years to slaughter us?"
Ara Baliozian, from a Yahoo group. The above is an addendum to the QUOTES page, on
August 2007. The prior quotes are from the Ara Baliozian from way back when, but Mr.
Baliozian has been producing many gems since; as much as he has been "banned"
from mainstream Armenian publications for not fitting in. He is a remarkable man.
"...When Turkey had not yet entered the war...Armenian
volunteer groups began to be organized with great zeal and pomp in Trans Caucasia. In
spite of the decision taken a few weeks before at the General Committee in Erzurum, the
Dashnagtzoutune actively helped the organization of the aforementioned groups, and
especially arming them, against Turkey. In the Fall of 1914, Armenian volunteer groups
were formed and fought against the Turks..."
Hovhannes Katchaznouni, First Prime Minister of the
Independent Armenian Republic, The
Manifesto of Hovhannes Katchaznouni, 1923. (The Armenian Revolutionary Federation
Has Nothing to Do Any More, New York, Armenian Information Service, 1955, p. 5.)
"Practically all of the (volunteers were) Turkish Armenians,"
The New York Times reported, in 1915.
[One of the main aspects of Armenian] "national
psychology... [is] to seek external causes for [Armenian ] misfortune."..."One
might think we found a spiritual consolation in the conviction that the Russians behaved
villainously towards us."
Hovhannes Katchaznouni, First Prime Minister of the
Independent Armenian Republic, The
Manifesto of Hovhannes Katchaznouni,1923, Page 8. (Holdwater:
After the Russians, it would be the turn of the French, the Americans, the British, the
Georgians, the Azerbaijanis — the whole world.)
"...Kachaznuni's government... like the wolf, eats the calf
because such is its nature. That government could not live in peace and was obsessed with
battling one or another of its neighbors, for like the wolf, it had to devour everything.
Should not the Armenians have realized that, in view of their hostile relations with the
Muslims, they must at least cling to the friendship of (Christian) Georgia? But instead
they had now burned this bridge as well..."
Premier Noizhordonia of Georgia, three days
after Armenia attempted a land grab attempt via a surprise and unprovoked attack on its
neighbor, on December 14, 1918; as reported by Professor Richard Hovannisian in his book, The Republic of Armenia, Vol. 1. Armenia would be more successful in its land grab attempt against neighbor
Azerbaijan some seventy years later... in the manner of another "Pearl
Harbor"-like sneak and cowardly attack, with huge monetary backing from the Russians
"Would you trust the Ku Klux Klan to provide reliable accounts of black
behavior in the United States?"
Bruce Fein, adjunct scholar and general counsel of ATAA, from "Differences Are Overwhelming"; commenting on
the validity of Henry Morgenthau's racist testimony, equally applicable to all the many
virulent reports from people of the period who clearly stated Turks were an inferior race.
"The Turkish race was... from the first black day they
entered Europe, the one great anti-human specimen of humanity... as far as their dominion
reached, civilisation vanished from view."
William Gladstone, British Prime Minister, "The
Bulgarian Horrors and the Question of the East," 1876
"The Turks are a human cancer, a creeping
agony in the flesh of the lands they misgovern, rotting every fiber of life. I am glad
that the Turk is to be called to a final account (referring to
the impending Greek invasion of Asia Minor ) for his long record of infamy
David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, getting
ready to annihilate the last remnants of the dying Ottoman Empire.
"The centuries rarely produce a genius. Look
at this bad luck of ours, that great genius of our era was granted to the Turkish
David Lloyd George,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, after his nation's plans to wipe Turkey off the face
of the earth ran into a snag.
"Now I am the Only Greek Left."
David Lloyd George, upon hearing the news that
King Constantine was exiled by the Greek government for siding with the Germans; in 1921, Lloyd George encouraged the king, allowing the king to conclude
that he was as great as Alexander The Great, and thus a direct descendant of Hercules.
“[N]one of the data provided by the archives of
any of the Entente powers, the wartime enemies of the Ottoman Empire, can be viewed as
Vahakn Dadrian, "The Armenian Genocide: A
New Brand of Denial by the Turkish General Staff — by Proxy,” Sept. 21, 2004
"...[T]he Armenians' dream of independence (developed)
following the example of Serbs, Greeks and others when the Ottoman Empire began to
crumble... In 1915 they (Armenians) were restless again. The Turks, having their hands
full already with a difficult war, took ruthless steps to quell the uprising. They
deported what was meant to be the entire population of Armenia to Syria and Mesopotamia.
Their organization was insufficient; a third of the Armenian population escaped
R. P. Lister, "Turkey Observed," 1967
"When the Russians and the Turks became enemies at war in 1914,
the Armenians sided with the Russians. As soon as word spread that the Armenians were
massacring Moslem Turks and Kurds and were setting up an Armenian government in Van, the
Young Turks passed a law to disarm and deport them. This turned into the 1915-1916
migrations and massacres of Armenians, and was followed by counter-massacres of Muslims by
Russo-Armenian forces occupying eastern Turkey n 1917-18."
Eleanor Bisbee, "The New Turks," University of Pennsylvania, 1951, p. 49
"I am informed, on good authority, that Russia is
already commencing her usual intrigues among the Armenians of Asiatic Turkey. Russian
agents are being sent into the provinces inhabited by them with the object of stirring up
discontent against the rule and authority of the Porte. A Russian party is being formed in
the capital amongst the Armenians, which already includes some leading and influential
members of that community."
Sir Henry Layard, British
Ambassador, in a July 14, 1878 message to British Foreign Secretary Lord Salisbury
(British Foreign Office 424/72, pages 160-161, No 211)
"The aim of the Armenian revolutionaries is to stir
disturbances, to get the Ottomans to react to violence, and thus get the foreign powers to
Sir Philip Currie, the British Ambassador in Istanbul, 28
March 1894 (British Blue Book, Nr.6 1894, p.57? Or p. 87). (ADDENDUM,
1-08: The date needs verification. See next one; assuming that the consul reported to the
ambassador in Jan. 1895, and assuming this quote derived from the consul's report,
"1894" would be incorrect.)
“Their object has plainly been, by creating an appearance of
widespread disaffection, quite out of proportion to their numbers and influence to provoke
reprisals on the part of the Turkish Government and people, of a nature to draw the
attention of the Powers to the manifest grievances of the Armenian nation, and the
necessity for their redressal.”
Graves, the British Consul in Erzurum, reporting to the
British Ambassador in Istanbul, on January 28, 1895. British Blue Book, Nr. 6
(1894), pp. 222-223 (ADDENDUM, 1-08: Obviously, the Blue Book
date is wrong. The wording used to be, "The aims of the revolutionary committees
are to stir up general discontent and to get the Turkish government and people to react
with violence, thus attracting the attention of the foreign powers to the imagined
sufferings of the Armenian people, and getting them to act to correct the situation."
What's above, also identified by "Received at the Foreign Office, February 22; No.
20. Confidential" appears to be the more authentic version. Thanks to Conan.)
"The Dashnaks and Hunchaks have terrorized their own countrymen, they have stirred
up the Muslim people with their thefts and insanities, and have paralyzed all efforts made
to carry out reforms; all the events that have taken place in Anatolia are the
responsibility of the crimes committed by the Armenian revolutionary committees."
Williams, The British vice-consul, writing from Van. (March
4, 1896, British Blue Book, Nr. 8 1896, p.108.)
"Those who in England are loudest in their sympathy with the
aspirations of a(n Armenian) people ‘rightly struggling to be free’ can hardly have
realized the atrocious methods of terrorism and blackmail by which a handful of
desperados, as careful of their own safety as they are reckless of the lives of others,
have too successfully coerced their unwilling compatriots into complicity with an utterly
Lord Warkworth, after paying a visit to Van. ( William Langer, The Diplomacy of
''I do not deny the existence and the active propagandism of Armenian revolutionarists.
I do not even deny that, to some extent, the religious war has been stimulated by Armenian
Antranig Azhderian, "The Turk and the Land of Haig, or Turkey and Armenia -
Desciptive, Historical, and Picturesque," The Mershong Company, New York, 1898, p.
"Our policy is to maintain our gratefulness to Russia, but
at the same time induce Britain to help our cause. Our well-being is possible only in an
independent Armenia. Do not be surprised at the word, for our motto is this: 'an Armenia
ruled by Armenians'."
Nerses Varjabedian, Armenian
Patriarch, writing in 1878 to Karakin (Garegin) Papazian, the head of the Armenian
Committee in Manchester, England; while Armenians began to approach the Tsar for eventual
Armenian independence, and of attempting to bring Britain into the picture. (Ermeniler ve
1915 Tehcir Olayi/Armenians and the 1915 Resettlement Episode, Prof. Azmi Süslü,1990,
"I will speak a language the whole world knows, a language
expressing pain and suffering. In other words, I will weep."
Nerses Varjabedian, Armenian Patriarch, when asked how he could undertake a political
mission during the Congress of Berlin (1878) without knowing a foreign language. The
significance in his reply is that he summed up entirely familiar Armenian boo-hoo'ing
strategy to gain attention, in a nutshell. "The Armenians in History and the
Armenian Question," Esat Uras, p. 498. Footnote appearing to represent the
passage reads K. Mikaelian, The Will of the People, Istanbul, 1909, p.45; in
"The Turks... themselves are Armenians by birth and
Migirdich Khrimian, Armenian Patriarch and Catholicos; letter written 24 June 1878
in the Grand Hotel de Rome, Berlin, setting forth demands at the Congress. The letter
"confidently" claimed Armenians "constitute three-fifths of the
population," and that the Powers should therefore approve "the administration of
Armenia." "The Turks would have no objection," he wrote, for they also are
Armenians. "The Armenians in History and the Armenian Question," Esat Uras, p.
484; Bishop Mushegh, Armenian Immigrants in Manchester, Boston, 1911, p. 82-85
"The purpose of the Armenian movement has been, from the
beginning, to organize as far as possible a long drawn-out fight against the Ottoman
tyranny, to create in the country a continuous revolutionary state, always having before
our eyes the intervention of the third factor...the European factor"
Mikael Varandian, Dashnak
ideologue, History of the Dashnagtzoutune/A.R.Federation (Paris,1932 and Cairo,1950), p.3; also, from p. 302: (By inciting massacres, Armenians) "wanted to assure
"(The Dashnaks)’ aim was by crimes and
assassinations to invite Turkish reprisals and massacres, and thus create an international
scandal that would attract the intervention of the other powers."
David Thompson, "Europe Since Napoleon" (Alfred A.
Knopf, 1964, 2nd. Ed.)
"The Dashnak revolutionary society is working to stir up a
situation in which Muslims and Armenians will attack each other, and thus pave the way for
Russian intervention "
General Mayewski, Russian Consul General in Bitlis and Van,
December 1912; source: Kara Schemsi, Turcs et Armeniens devant l'Histoire, Geneve,
Imprimerie Nationale, 1919, p. 11
"Armenians had people organized under the Turkish flag"
(in Bitlis and Van, eastern Anatolia)
Dashnak report prepared in 1910 by M. Warandian (likely
Mikael Varandian) for submission to the organization's convention in Copenhagen's Socialist International; from the
archives (No. B.579238) of the Socialist International in Vandervelde, and mentioned in an
article written by Orhan Kologlu in the April 2005 issue of the Turkish magazine,
"Populer Tarih" (Popular History)... confirming that Armenian preparations for
revolt were in the works years before the outbreak of W.W.I.
"Insurgents commit an atrocity — and wait for the ruling
power to overreact, kill civilians and give the cycle of hatred another twist."
"The War That Never Ends Begins a Violent New Chapter," TIME Magazine,
July 24, 2006, p. 23. The above statement perfectly describes the interaction between the
Ottoman government and the Armenian terror organizations, but it's being applied to Israel
and present-day terror fanatics, Hamas and Hizballah. Because TIME is Israel-friendly, the
statement is used to explain Israel's heavy-handed, indiscriminate violence. Yet TIME is
another major media outlet that affirms the Armenian "Genocide," and has not
been known to similarly describe Ottoman-related historical events.
"When I say that the Armenian massacres were caused by the
Armenian revolutionists, I tell the truth, and a very important one, but it is not the
whole truth. It would be more correct to say that the presence of the revolutionists gave
occasion and excuse for the massacres. That the Turks were looking for an excuse, no one
can doubt who has traversed that country."
George Hughes Hepworth, "Through Armenia on Horseback" (NY, 1898, p.
339); and why would the Turks have suddenly been looking for an excuse, after centuries of
peaceful coexistence? Moreover, if massacre was so decided upon, would the Turks
have needed an excuse? While traveling on horseback, Hepworth no doubt encountered
negative opinions on Armenians from Turks, but by this time, there were years of Armenian
violence and massacre trying the Turks' patience. The inevitable conclusion: if not for
the revolutionists, there would have been no massacres.
"'Do you believe that any massacres would have taken place if no Armenian
revolutionaries had come into the country and incited the Armenian population to
rebellion?' I asked Mr. Graves [The British consul]. 'Certainly not,' he replied.
'I do not believe that a single Armenian would have been killed.'"
Sydney Whitman, "Turkish Memories," London, 1914, p.
“The Armenian issue, which aims at meeting the
economic interests of the capitalist world rather than bearing in mind the veritable
interests of the Armenians themselves was best resolved with the Kars Agreement. The
friendly ties between two industrious people coexisting peacefully for centuries have been
satisfactorily established anew.”
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, 1.3.1922, Inaugural Speech of the 3rd Year of Session of
the Turkish Grand National Assembly
"In fact we have an organization extraordinarily widespread
in the United States. . . . It should be noticed that no attack has been made upon us in
any quarter of the United States, and that in the eyes of the American people the quiet
and subterranean nature of our work has the appearance of a purely private patriotism and
Sir Gilbert Parker in a letter to the British
Foreign Office. By 1917, the Canadian managing Wellington House's U.S.A. branch had a list
of 170,000 to send anti-German and anti-Turkish propaganda to the Who's Who of American
society, targeting "every editor and molder of public opinion."
"Armenians lived as local notables. They
had no feeling of national unity. There were no political bonds or ties among them. Their
only attachments were to the neighbouring notables. Thus whatever national feelings they
had were local."
Kevork Aslan, Armenian historian, L'Armenie et les Armeniens,
Istanbul, 1914 (Holdwater: No wonder they had no loyalty...)
"The Armenians change their position relating to Rome and
the Persian Empire, sometimes supporting one and sometimes the other ... they are a
Tacitus, Roman historian; his Annalum Liber
"Wholly opportunistic, Dashnag politics have been variously
pro-Nazi, pro-Russia, pro-Soviet Armenia, pro-Arab, pro-Jewish, as well as anti-Jewish,
anti-Zionist, anti-Communist, and anti-Soviet — whichever was expedient."
John Roy Carlson (Arthur Derounian), author, Cairo to Damascus Alfred A. Knopf, New
York, 1951, p. 438. Holdwater: Some sites have substituted
"The Armenians" for "Dashnag politics." Not all Armenians support the
Dashnaks (Carlson was a true Armenian patriot for disliking these scoundrels, who brought
such misery to so many), but because the Dashnak terrorist method has been to silence all
opposing voices, that works out to be a fair substitution, in my view. Those who are
".... Should the Armenians ever get the upper hand in
Anatolia, their government would be much more corrupt than the actual administration. It
was corroborated by the Armenians themselves..."
Fred Burnaby, "On Horseback Through Asia Minor" (Holdwater: while it sounds like the author could be talking about
current Armenia, the book detailed an 1876 journey to see whether the Sultan's armies were
capable of resisting yet another Russian thrust. Burnaby was reputed to be the strongest
man in the British Army.)
"The Turks and Armenians got on excellently
together... The Russians restricted the Armenian Church, schools and language; the
Turks on the contrary were perfectly tolerant and liberal as to all such matters. They did
not care how the Armenians prayed, taught and talked... The Armenians were thorough
Orientals and appreciated Turkish ideas and habits... (They) were quite content to live
among the Turks.... The balance of wealth certainly remained with the Christians. The
Turks treated them with good-humoured confidence..."
Sir Charles Eliot, author, "Turkey in Europe" (London, E. Arnold, 1900);
regarding the years preceding the Turkish-Russian War of 1877-78.
(The religious toleration of the Ottoman Government) "was
complete" (and the state) "never in any way interfered with what the
Christians did or taught in the schools or the churches.... it was impossible to desire
more absolute liberty of worship or teaching."
Gratan Geary, "Through Asiatic Turkey" (London, M.S. and R. Sampson,
"(Armenian) prosperity grew until, by the middle of the 19th
century, they became one of the richest communities of the Ottoman empire, prominent not
only in trade and professions, but also in the service of state."
Dr. Andrew Mango, March 15, 2001 speech at the Society for
the Promotion of Democratic Principles, in Istanbul
"Armenians are so pleased with their lives that this is impossible."
French Ambassador in Istanbul, in response to Napoleon Bonaparte's query to induce
rebellion among the Ottoman Empire's Catholic Armenians and take a kind of revenge for the
"The rights and interests of the Greeks in Turkey could not
be better protected by any other power but the Turks"
M. Politis, foreign minister in the Greek government led by
Prime Minister Venizelos, Revue Politique
Internationale, 1914; the more accurate quote was likely "under no other foreign rule could their (the Greek) interests find a
protection equal to that offered them by the Turks," according to this source.
(ADDENDUM, 1-07: The article is now available on TAT.)
"The great Turk is governing in peace twenty nations from
different religions. Turks have taught the Christians how to be moderate in peace and
gentle in victory"
Marechal Franchet d'Esperay, a French commander of the
allied occupation army, referring to the Turkish people and military authorities. From the
preface of Commander Larcher's "The Turkish War within the First World
"We have studied the Turkish peasant — i.e. the
mass of the Turkish people — and got to know him as unconditionally one of the bravest
and most moral representatives of the European peasantry"
Karl Marx. speaking for himself and Engels, "Karl Marx: His Life and
Thought," David McLellan, 1973, pp. 438-439
"[The Turks] are the most honest and moral of the
Elder Tanner, Mormon missionary, "Who Can be So Polite and Courteous As a Turk,"
Millenial Star, June 22, 1886). The Mormon missionaries were not as bigoted as Protestant
and Catholic ones.
“Courageous in misfortune, uncomplaining under the most awful suffering,
good-humoured in every situation . . . it is deeply painful to think that the men whom I
almost idealized should lie under the accusation of the atrocities which we must believe
have been committed in 1896. Yet through the black cloud that hangs over the Turkish
Empire today I can still discern the distant stars; for I can look back with honest pride
to the high sense of honour, the dauntless courage, the loyalty and true patriotism of
those who were my comrades . . . in the earlier and brighter days”
Charles S. Ryan, "Under the Red
Crescent," 1897, p. 425.
"...[A]nd in 1875 the empire was forced to declare
"In the last years of the empire, a French firm offered half a million francs to turn
150.000 street dogs in Istanbul into gloves. The Sultan — very hard pressed for cash —
nobly refused. The dogs were locked up in an old tramp steamer and transported, howling
and fighting to a waterless island (Hayirsizada) where they were turned loose."
Jason Goodwin, "Lords of the Horizons,"
Henry Holt Co, NY, pgs. 311, 325.
"The Protestant missionaries distributed in large numbers to
various places in Turkey made propaganda in favour of England and stirred the Armenians to
desire autonomy under British protection"
Horen Ashikian, The Armenian Patriarch, in
"History of Armenia." (Mr. Ashikian was probably quoted, and was
not the writer of this book, of which there were several... by process of elimination, the
book was probably either the 1936 one written by V.C. Vahan, or one by Vahan Kurjian, in
1958. Hovhannes, the Fifth Catholicos of the Armenians, also wrote a book by the same name
"(Turkish Sultan) Meliksah's heart is full of affection and goodwill for
Christians, he has treated the sons of Jesus Christ very well, and he has given the
Armenian people peace, affluence and happiness"
Mathias of Edessa, Armenian historian, Chronicles,
"The Armenians of Byzantium have welcomed
the Seljuk conquest with lengthy celebrations in the streets and thanksgiving to God for
having rescued them from long years of Byzantine oppression. Seljuk Turks gave protection
to the Armenian Church, which the Byzantines had been trying to destroy. They abolished
the oppressive taxes which the Byzantines had imposed on the Armenian Churches,
monasteries and priests, and in fact exempted such religious institutions from all taxes.
The Armenian community was left free to conduct its internal affairs in its own way,
including religious activities and education, and there never was any time at which
Armenians or other non-Muslims were compelled to convert to Islam. The Armenian spiritual
leaders in fact went to the Seljuk Sultan Melikshah to thank him for his protection."
Stephanos Taronetsi ASOGHIK, Armenian historian
who recorded his impressions on the arrival of Seljuk Turks to
Anatolia around 1071, probably from his renowned Universal History.
"How well the Seljuk Turks treated the
Armenians is shown by the fact that some Armenian noble families like the Tashrik family
accepted Islam on their own free will and joined the Turks in fighting Byzantium."
Mathias of Edessa, Armenian historian, probably in his
Chronicles, Nr. 129; after the death of Sultan Kilic Arslan, the same Armenian historian
also wrote, "Kilic Arslan's death has driven Christians into mourning since he was
a charitable person of high caliber and character."
"There is no crime without evidence. A
genocide cannot be written about in the absence of factual proof."
Henry R. Huttenbach, professor and genocide scholar,
"Bosnia's Killing Fields: The Memory war," The Genocide Forum, 1996, No. 9
"Historical questions should be left to
Mesrob II, Armenian Patriarch, 2001.
"The outcry and clamor of Armenians that Turks have been persecuting Armenians are
nothing but lies. The Turkish government has done nothing evil to Armenians. Perhaps
Armenians have planned a revolution taking advantage of the indifference of the
government, have armed bands and sent them to mountains, as for the Turks, perhaps they
have been trying only to pursue them and put down the uprisings."
Austrian Consul in a report submitted to his government, Nikerled Krayblis, Rusya'nin
fiark Siyaseti ve Vilayet-i fiarkiyye Mes'elesi [Eastern Policy of Russia and the question
of the Eastern Provinces], translated by Habil Adem, Istanbul, 1932, p. 178
"The truth is that the party (Dashnak Committee) was ruled
by an oligarchy, for whom the particular interests of the party came before the interests
of the people and nation. They (the Dashnaks) made collections among the bourgeois and the
great merchants. At the end, when these means were exhausted, they resorted to terrorism,
after the teachings of the Russian revolutionaries that the end justifies the means."
Dr. Jean Loris-Melikoff, La Revolution Russe et les Nouvelles
Republiques Transcaucasiennes, Paris, 1920, p. 81
"Religious communities had long become revolutionary hearts of the Armenian
revolutionary parties and most diabolical plans had been drawn up there. Religious spaces
had become warehouses of arms and hearths of plots. Religious leaders had been exhorting
the people to rise up against the state with their speeches and writings, people that had
trusted them. They did not preach any more the teaching of the Gospel and utter noble
words in their sermons. Rebellion had replaced loyalty and righteousness in their sermons,
hatred and revenge had taken the place of humanity. Meanness and ignominy were preached in
place of high morality. Religious leaders presided over festivities, meetings and
ceremonies organised by revolutionary committees."
Gevand Turyan, Armenian bishop and Ottoman citizen, "A Qui la Faute?" Aux
Partis Revue Arménien. (Publication de la Revue Dadiar). Constantinople, 1917, pp.
"Czarist Russia at no time wanted to assure Armenian
autonomy. For this reason, one must consider the Armenians who were working for Armenian
autonomy as no more than agents of the Czar to attach Eastern Anatolia to
Borian, Armenian historian, author of Armeniya Mejdunarodnaya
Diplomatiya; SSSR. Cast 11, Moskva, 1929
(The Armenian revolutionary committees considered that)
"The most opportune time to institute the general rebellion for carrying out the
immediate objectives was when Turkey was engaged in war"
Louise Nalbandian, Armenian Revolutionary Movement,
University of California Press, 1963
"As soon as the Russians have crossed the borders and
the Ottoman armies have started to retreat, you should revolt everywhere. The Ottoman
armies thus will be placed between two fires. On the other hand, the Armenians in the
Ottoman army should desert their units with their weapons and unite with the
Dashnak committee order to the Armenians preparing to revolt
within the Ottoman Empire
"The entire Armenian Nation will join forces — moral and
material, and waving the sword of Revolution, will enter this World conflict ... as
comrades in arms of the Triple Entente, and particularly Russia. They will cooperate with
the Allies, making full use of all political and revolutionary means for the final victory
of Armenia, Cilicia, Caucasus, Azerbayjan. ... [H]eroes who will sacrifice their lives for
the great cause of Armenia.... Armenians proud to shed their blood for the cause of
Hunchak Armenian [Revolutionary] Gazette, in a call to arms
just prior to the formal declaration of war against Germany and the Ottoman Empire,
November 1914 issue, Paris.
"The Armenians have taken their place on the side of the Entente states without
showing any hesitation whatsoever; they have placed all their forces at the disposition of
Russia; and they also are forming volunteer battalions."
Horizon, the Dashnak Society's official organ, as soon as
Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire
"The Hunchak Committee will use all means to assist the Entente states, devoting
all its forces to the struggle to assure victory in Armenia, Cilicia, the Caucasus and
Azerbaijan as the ally of the Entente states, and in particular of Russia."
Hunchak Committee instructions to its organizations in Ottoman territory;
Aspirations et Agissements Revolutionnaires des Comites Armeniens avant et apres la
Proclamation de la Constitution Ottomane, Istanbul, 1917, pp. 151-153
"The volunteer Armenian regiments in the Caucasus should prepare themselves for
battle, serve as advance units for the Russian armies to help them capture the key
positions in the districts where the Armenians live, and advance into Anatolia, joining
the Armenian units already there."
Papazyan, the Armenian representative in the Ottoman
Parliament for Van, in a published proclamation; he would soon turn out to be a
leading guerilla fighter against the Ottomans
“The long-anticipated day of deliverance for the Turkish
Armenians is at hand and the Armenians are prepared for any sacrifice made necessary by
the performance of their manifest duty.”
An Ottoman-Armenian newspaper, probably one of the two
published in Van ("Van Kartali" or "Araratli"), as quoted in The
New York Times article, ARMENIANS FIGHTING TURKS ("Besieging Van—Others operating in
Turkish Army's Rear,") November 7, 1914
"...These gangs were advancing by plundering and pillaging (nehib ve garet) the
properties/goods (emvalini) of the Moslem villages they passed through and massacred and
destroyed even babies in cradles...."
Ottoman Royal Army report
describing the actions of 10,000 Armenian committee men (acc'd to the Armenian
Catholicos V. the Kevork, B.A. Boryan, Armeniya Mejdunarodnaya Diplomatiya; SSSR. Cast 11,
Moskva, 1929, p. 363) regarding the uprising started in "Shitak Country" on
April 17, 1915, followed by further riots by Armenians in the entire province of Van,
culminating in the Russians' entry of Van on May 19th, causing some 30,000 Turks to flee
with heavy losses.
"As it is known, the Russian government
gave 242,900 rubles at the beginning of the war for the initial cost of arming and
preparing the Turkish Armenians and to start riots within the country during the war. Our
volunteer units were obliged to break the chains of the Turkish Army by cutting through,
causing anarchy in Turkey and joining the rioters from behind together with those fighting
inside the enemy lines if possible and to provide the propagation of the Russian Armies to
get hold of Turkish Armenia."
Dashnak Party Military Minister, Armenian National Congress
meeting in Tbilisi, February 1915; B.A. Boryan, Armeniya Mejdunarodnaya Diplomatiya; SSSR.
Cast 11, Moskva, 1929, p. 360. (A quarter-million rubles in 1915 was
a fortune, and not the worthless currency around the time of the Soviet Union's break-up;
for example, on Feb. 13, 1997, regarding
the "1992" aggression upon Karabakh, Minister Aman Tuleyev stated that the illegal supply of Russian weapons to
Armenia was worth 270 billion rubles. Now note the worth of the ruble from the early
19th century, in the next example. ADDENDUM, 11-06: According to a front page story
in the Manitoba Free Press, Nov. 13, 1914 — 'Unearthing Guns and Ammunition' —
260,000 rubles was assigned the value of $130,000. ADDENDUM, 2-08: This 2-to-1
ratio was confirmed in "Armen Garo" Pasdermadjian's 1918 book, where we were also informed the
Allies provided "only" $3,250,000 to the Armenians during 1918. ADDENDUM,
1-07: 242,900 rubles served as "The equivalent of more than $13 million in
today's currency." Source: The Armenian Rebellion at Van, McCarthy, 2006, p.
216. Footnote: "2003 U.S. dollars, calculated by the 'GDP Per Capita' method. Other
methods would yield higher or lower sums [http://eh.net/hmit and
"A battalion, consisting of Armenian volunteers , was organized in Kars.
Inevitable danger hung over their families numbering 10,000... Please take care of these
unhappy victims and don’t let Ottomans take vengeance on Armenians who showed their love
for Russia... That’s why I dare to ask you to give me the power to resettle the
Armenians in Georgia and Armenia. In my opinion approximately 50 silver rubles for each
family will be enough.”
Ivan Feodorovich Paskevich (Count of Erivan after the conquest of the province
from the Persian war of 1826-28, and field marshal after the Russo-Turkish War of 1828–29),
reporting to the Russian Tsar on October 10, 1829; Ottoman-Armenian treachery in
helping the invading Russians had begun a long time ago. The Ottoman government was
concerned about once-dispersed Armenians who were now compacted into one area along the
borderline... a key reason why future rebellions would be made possible. On February 17,
1830 an amnesty for local Armenians was announced, forgiving the Armenians’ betrayal and
massacres, chiefly as a strategic move against the Russians.
“As soon as the Armenian volunteer units commanded by
Antranik approach Van, the Dashnak fighters in the area will take to the mountains and
unfurl the flag of revolt. The plans for the rebellion will be implemented in April 1915.
The Catholicos has informed us that 10,000 armed fighters are ready to join the action.”
Dashnak decision, end of February 1915 Armenian
National Congress held in Tiblis. [The Armenians in History and the Armenian Question;
Esat Uras, Documentary Publications, Istanbul (1988); p.853]
"From all countries
Armenians are hurrying to enter the ranks of the glorious Russian Army, with their blood
to serve the victory of Russian arms... Let the Russian flag wave freely over the
Dardanelles and the Bosporus. Let, with Your will, great Majesty, the peoples remaining
under the Turkish yoke receive freedom. Let the Armenian people of Turkey who have
suffered for the faith of Christ receive resurrection for a new free life under the
protection of Russia."
Harutunian, president of the Armenian National Bureau in Tiflis, in response to
Czar Nicholas II's visit to the
Caucasus, to make final plans for cooperation with the Armenians against the Ottomans. (Source; also cited in p. 45 of Prof.
Hovannisian's "Armenia on the Road to Independence" as having appeared in
the Nov. 30, '14 issue of Hairenik Taregirk, V, Boston 1947, p. 126))
"As demonstrated by the innumerable declarations,
provocative pamphlets, weapons, ammunition, explosives, & c., found in areas inhabited
by Armenians, the rebellion was prepared for a long time, organized, strengthened and
financed by Russia. Information was received on time in Istanbul about an Armenian
assassination attempt directed at high ranking state officials and officers."
General Bronsart v. Schellendorf , Chief of Staff to the
Ottoman Commander-in-Chief, Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, July 24, 1921; a differently
worded translation, with the same meaning, may be found on the TAT page featuring the
"When war broke out the Armenians of these regions [the
Eastern provinces] made secret contact with the Russian authorities in the Caucasus, and
an underground network was created which enabled recruits to be gotten from these Turkish
provinces for the Russian Army.”
Philips Price, A History of Turkey, 1956, p. 91
"In return for Russia's forcing the Ottomans to make reforms
for the Armenians, all the Russian Armenians would support the Russian war effort without
The Catholicos of Echmiadzin assures the Russian General Governor of
the Caucasus, Vranzof Dashkof; source: Tchalkouchian, Gr., Le Livre Rouge, Paris, 1919
"The liberation of the Armenians in Anatolia would
lead to the establishment of an autonomous Armenia separated from Turkish suzerainty and
that this Armenia could be made possible with the protection of Russia."
Czar Nicholas, to the Catholicos of Echmiadzin, who was
received by the Russian emperor at Tiflis. Tchalkouchian, Gr., Le Livre Rouge, Paris, 1919
"The Armenians greeted the Russians with
ringing bells and with their priests dressed in their ceremonial robes. In this war, too,
the Armenian people took their place beside the Russians... The war broke out and
volunteers came from everywhere, from Armenia in Eastern Anatolia, from Egypt under
Turkish rule, from the non-Russian areas of Rumania; all these people who were Ottoman
subjects, familiar with Anatolia, gathered together and put themselves at the service of
the Russian Empire.”
Tchalkouchian, in a May
24, 1916 speech addressed to the Armenian Congress in St. Petersburg [The Armenians in History and the Armenian
Question; Esat Uras; Documentary Publications, Istanbul (1988); p.854.]
"Armenians do not have the right to live in Erzurum."
First order of the Russian General Commandment during the Russian occupation of
Erzurum in 1916. B.A. Boryan, Armeniya Mejdunarodnaya Diplomatiya; SSSR. Cast 11, Moskva,
1929, p. 356.
"...The solution to grant independence to the Armenians
would not be suitable since the Armenians living in Armenia never had formed the majority
whereas they only formed one fourth of the existing population until now. Under these
conditions, the granting of Armenian independence would cause unjustness like the
administering of a majority by a minority, and the best feasible solution would be the
equal administering of various ethnic groups through the rearrangement of the region taken
from Turkey so that these groups never fall into a conflict; they should be granted
freedom regarding educational and religious rights along with the free use of their
language, thus causing the people to respect the Government and the clearance of all kinds
of internal and external incitements and bringing the necessary vital conditions for the
local people once present during the Turkish administration...."
Sazonar, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, in his
project letter to Prince Nicolai Nicolayevich, the Caucasian General Governor, June 27,
1916; Razdel Aziatskoy Turtsii Po Sekretnim Dokumentom Bivshego Ministerstva Inostrannih
Del. Sostovitel: E.A. Adamov, Moskva, 1924. Document No: CXL., p. 207-210. From "Armenian
Claims and Realities," Dr. Hüsamettin Yildirim, Ankara, 2001.
"The Armenians of Turkey no longer think of separating from
the Ottoman Empire. Their problems no longer are even the concern of relations between the
Armenian Republic and the Ottomans. Relations between the Ottoman Empire and the Armenian
Republic are excellent, and they must remain that way in the future. All Armenian
political parties feel the same way. Continuation of this good neighbourly spirit is one
of the principal points of the program recently announced by the Armenian Government, of
which I am Foreign Minister."
Hadisian, Foreign Minister of the Armenian Republic, upon the signing of the Batum
Treaty on June 4, 1918 with the Ottoman Government. (Only seven days after the Armenian
Republic in Erivan was established.) This treaty was described as involving the Armenians'
full disavowal of all claims on the territory or people of the Ottoman Empire including
its Armenians and the lands claimed by Armenian nationalists; Feigl, Erich, A Myth of
Terror, 1986, pg. 85
"Russia's policy of hostility toward Turkey emboldened the
Armenians of the Caucasus; that is why the Caucasus Armenians were involved in clashes
between two friendly races. Thank goodness that this situation did not last too long.
Following the Russian Revolution, the Armenians of the Caucasus understood that their
security could be achieved only by having good relations with Turkey, and they stretched
out their hands to Turkey. Turkey also wanted to forget the events of the past, and
grasped the out-stretched hand in friendship. We agree that the Armenian
Question has been resolved and left to history. The mutual feelings of suspicion
and enmity created by foreign agents have been eliminated."
Hairenik (Horizon), the Dashnak organ, on June 28, 1918; Kara
Schemsi, Turcs et Armeniens devant l'Histoire, Geneve, Imprimerie Nationale, 1919, p.
31-32. (Holdwater: those Dashnaks sure have a short memory!)
"The Turks and Armenians lived in peace side by side for
centuries; that the Turks suffered as much as the Armenians at the time of the
deportations; that only 20 % of the Turkish villagers who went to war would be able to
return to their homes; that at the start of World War I and before the Armenians never had
anything approaching a majority of the population in the territories called Armenia; they
would not have a majority even if all the deported Armenians were returned; and the claims
that returning Armenians would be in danger were not justified."
General James G. Harbord, in a report to Congress after touring through Anatolia
during September and October; Kara Schemsi, Turcs et Armeniens devant l'Histoire, Geneve,
Imprimerie Nationale, 1919, p. 31-32. Another excerpt: "...in the territory
untouched by war from which Armenians were deported the ruined villages are undoubtedly
due to Turkish deviltry, but where Armenians advanced and retired with the Russians their
retaliatory cruelties unquestionably rivaled the Turks in their inhumanity."
"…Some Turkish officers were pointed out to us by American
missionaries as having refused to carry out the 1915 order for [the Armenians']
Harbord Commission Report. Significance: "bad" local officials sometimes
took matters into their own hands by ignoring orders from the central government to
safeguard Armenian lives and property. This is an example of the other side of the coin
from "good" local officials, demonstrating that because a central order was
given, it was not always followed.
"The Turks had no deliberate policy of genocide at any
stage, only the removal of Armenians from the front line with Russia, where they were
collaborating with the Ottoman Empire's enemies and were thus a threat to its
P. F. Peters, Former Australian Ambassador to
The Australian, June 9th, 1994
"...(W)e, the Armenians, do not need
facts to comprehend that there was a genocide against the Armenian nation."
John Kossakian, Editorial Director of the
Armenian Newspaper Asbarez; in a May 04, 2001 letter, exchanging views with
the Turkish site, ermenisorunu.gen.tr. All the proof that's necessary is the hearsay of
Armenian oral history, the kind that can't be backed up... as Mr. Kossakian goes on to
"The Armenians are the former inhabitants of today's
Ruppen Courian, Armenian author of Promartyrs de la
Civilization (1964, p. 27); (Even Armenians cannot agree on the
origins of their "ancient homeland.")
"Majesty, I would like to ask you not to allow the location
of Armenians in the central Russian regions. Because they are such filthy and shameless
clans, they would soon shout throughout the world and claim those lands as their 'ancient
Aleksandr Sergeyevich Griboyedov, Russian diplomat and
playwright who organized the transmigration of Armenians from Iran, as Russian minister to
Iran in the early 19th century; in a letter to the Czar. As a result, Armenians were
located not in Central Russia, but in the Caucasus... thereby also craftily sowing
discontent between the peoples of the Caucasus, who had maintained strong relations since
"To lessen the credit of Armenians is to
weaken the anti-Turkish action. It was difficult to eradicate the conviction that the Turk
is a noble being always in trouble. This situation will revive this conviction and will
harm the prestige not only of Armenians, but of Zionists and Arabs as well.
The treatment of Armenians by the Turks is the biggest asset of
his Majesty’s Government, to solve the Turkish problem in a radical manner, and to have
it accepted by the public."
Arnold Toynbee, as editor of The Bryce Report, the Blue Book
of the British (F.O. 371/3404/162647, p. 2), in a memorandum dated 26 September 1919; when
the British propaganda services were alarmed about newspaper accounts mentioning the
treachery of the Armenians.
“I was being employed by His Majesty’s
Government to compile all available documents on the present treatment of the Armenians by
the Turkish Government in a 'Blue Book,' which was duly published and distributed as
Arnold Joseph Toynbee, "The Western
Question in Greece and Turkey: a Study in the Contact of Civilizations," Boston,
Houghton Mifflin, 1922, p. 50.
"...There is a systematic plan of destruction of Turkish
villages and extinction of the Moslem population. This plan is being carried out by Greek
and Armenian bands, which appear to operate under Greek instructions and sometimes even
with the assistance of detachments of regular troops."
Arnold Toynbee, "The Western Question in Greece and
Turkey," p. 284; quoting the commission of the allies for the incidents of Yalova and
Gemlik. This was the "reformed" Toynbee, in his later years.
“The Ottoman institution came perhaps as near as anything
in real life could to realizing the ideal of Plato’s Republic.”
Arnold Toynbee, suddenly pro-Turk British historian.
"...The economic situation was so dismal
that not only many
Armenians, but thousands of Turkish soldiers as well died of the lack of food supplies,
disease, and other consequences of poor organization in the Turkish government. In my
division alone, after the battle of Gallipoli, thousands died of malnutrition."
General Liman von Sanders, as witness for the defense, in the
trial of Tehlirian, assassin of Talat Pasha
"...The domestic situation was
deplorable: all over Turkey
thousands of the populace were daily dying of starvation; practically all able-bodied men
had been taken into the army, so that only a few were left to till the fields; the
criminal requisitions had almost destroyed all business; the treasury was in a more
exhausted state than normally, for the closing of the Dardanelles and the blockading of
the Mediterranean ports had stopped all imports and customs dues..."
Henry Morganthau, U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire; from
his ghostwritten book, Ambassador Morgenthau's Story. Holdwater:
Thousands dying daily? Gee. If true, do you suppose at least a few of the Armenian
casualties could have resulted from the very same conditions all Ottoman citizens were
"...About a million families were left without breadwinners,
all of them in a condition of extreme destitution. The Turkish Government paid its
soldiers 25 cents a month, and gave the families a separation allowance of $1.20 a month.
As a result thousands were dying from lack of food and many more were enfeebled by
malnutrition; I believe that the empire has lost a quarter of its Turkish population since
the war started."
Henry Morganthau, U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire,
elaborating further upon conditions that affected Turk and Armenian alike; from his
ghostwritten book, Ambassador Morgenthau's Story.
"I cannot say what the role of Talaat was
as concerns the issuing of orders. As far as I know the principal order pertaining to the
deportation of the Armenians was given on May 20, 1915. In any event it was the result of
a decision of the Young Turk committee and it had the unanimous approval of the ministers.
The implementation of the orders was left to the Valis, the lower echelon officials, and
especially the horrible police force. In any event, I consider it my duty to state that,
in the five years I was in Turkey, I never saw an order signed by Talaat against the
Armenians and neither can I testify whether or not such an order was ever issued."
General Liman von Sanders, as witness for the defense, in the
trial of Tehlirian, assassin of Talat Pasha. (It's interesting to note that since the Germans were, for all intents and
purposes, behind the workings of the Ottoman war machine, how is it possible that the main
German commander would not have come across any government-sponsored genocidal
order? If a government decides to commit genocide, they would have to let local officials
know about such a policy... otherwise, how could the genocide be carried out?)
gangs had extensively destroyed Esindscian (Erzincan) and extirpated the volk (people)
living in the villages nearby…"
Bussche, a German diplomat, February 28, 1918, wrote the above on the basis of information received from
the German Consulate in Sivas (R 22346, "File 190" and "Turkey41,"
archives of central building of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of German Empire.) Another version of this communication has been translated as: "The
Armenian bands carried out overwhelming destruction at Erzincan. They literally eradicated
the whole population living in villages." Another source claimed the following:
The Armenians have virtually 'scraped the roots of the inhabitants of its villages.'
"It is only fair to acknowledge that, judged from a humane
point of view, the methods of warfare pursued by the Turks are vastly superior to those
which have disgraced their German masters."
Lord Kitchener, Official Report on Gallipoli as Minister of
War, August 9, 1915
"Ottoman Armenians were completely free in the Ottoman
Empire and the Turks were the Armenians' only shelter against Russia guaranteeing their
traditions, religion, culture and language in comparison to Russian oppression under the
Vartanian, Armenian historian, "History of the Armenian
"Few Europeans realized that the Turkish Ottoman Sultan
Suleiman was the head of the most democratic government of their time."
Harold Lamb, American historian and novelist, noted for his
biographies of Genghis Khan, Alexander, and Hannibal
"The tolerance shown to foreign beliefs and hostile faiths
by the Ottoman law and Ottoman officials which enabled them to establish their own
religious institutions and to shape their own education was such that the thousand year
old liberty reigning in France in the field of sects and beliefs, dating from the times of
the ancient Gaul, could not be compared with it."
Talcot Williams, Turkey, A World Problem of Today, New York, 1922, p. 194
"In the interest of truth I will also affirm that you saw little of the cruelty you fasten upon the
Turks. Besides that you have killed more Armenians than ever lived in the districts of the
uprising. The fate of those people was sad enough without having to be exaggerated as you
"Apart from that he (Enver Pasha) was in no respect what you
picture him. Of course, if we are to take it for granted that we of the West are saints,
then the Turk is any good. You will agree with me, no doubt, that the Turks count among
the few gentlemen still in existence.... Ultimately truth will prevail."
George A. Schreiner, distinguished war and political
correspondent having served in Turkey from February through the end of 1915, in a
no-holds-barred, extremely critical December 11,1918 letter to ex-Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, regarding the latter's
unethically falsified, ghostwritten book (Ambassador Morgenthau's Story)
"The Osmanli (Ottoman) has yet to be heard." (The
English have) "heard stories ad nauseam of massacres, of pillages, of the ravishing
of women, but none of these stories have been corroborated by a single European
Captain Charles Boswell Norman, "The Armenians Unmasked" (1895)
"[T]he Turk never sticks up for himself in the controversy
against Europe. He does not know how to do so... The Turk is thus the worst possible
champion of his own cause. Anyone in possession of the facts could state his case much
better than he can state it."
Marshall Pickthall, The New Age, July 10, 1919, Vol. XXV. No. 11
"[T]he Turks, as a nation, are almost ludicrously innocent of the propagandist’s
Arnold Toynbee, "The Western Question in Greece and Turkey: a Study in
the Contact of Civilizations," 1922
"...I was extremely surprised at the helplessness of the Turks to avail themselves
of a powerful organ of publicity ready to give them fair play... Mr. Whittaker, the Times
correspondent... said: “They are hopelessly dense. Tell them that if they want the truth
told they must let a correspondent manage things in his own way.” But this the
authorities were either disinclined to do or incapable of doing all the time I was in
Constantinople. Thus almost every bit of news I obtained came to me independently of
Turkish sources, and was the result of my own individual efforts. Powerlessness on the
part of the official Turks to avail themselves of an influential journal anxious to show
them to the world in their true colours (surrounded by enemies and slanderers as they were
on all sides, in the face of a serious crisis) was confessed to me one day in pathetic
terms by Mehmet Izzet Bey, one of the Sultan’s translators, in the words: “Mon cher,
nous sommes un peuple taciturne; nous ne savons pas nouse defendre.” ("My dear friend, we are a taciturn people; we don't know how to
Sidney Whiman, Turkish Memories, 1914
"...In the absence of unequivocal evidence that the Ottoman
administration took a specific decision to eliminate the Armenians under their control at
that time, British governments have not recognized those events as indications of
genocide... Nor do we believe it is the business of governments of today to review events
of over 80 years ago, with a view to pronouncing on them..."
Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale,
Foreign Office spokesperson, on April 14, 1999; the PA News from London... reporting on
yet another Armenian bid to get the British Government to recognize its
"The Turkish government felt that pressing the Turkish case
against Armenians and others would rekindle old hatreds and invite war, so the Turks said
nothing of their grievances. This was the right decision for the time. The unfortunate
result was that no one spoke for the Turks"
Justin McCarthy, Professor, University of Louisville,
testifying at the Congressional Hearing on H. Res. 398 in 2000.
"Whether or not hindsight and modern morality tell us that
the deportations were a mistake, no one can seriously doubt the Ottoman government had
reason to distrust many of the Armenians of Anatolia. Because of the assistance given by
the Armenians to invading Russian armies in 1828, 1854, and 1877, the Ottomans decided
they could not trust the Armenians, much as the United States, with much less
justification, decided they could not trust the Americans of Japanese ancestry in World
Justin McCarthy, Professor, University of Louisville,
"Armenian Terrorism: History as Poison and Antidote."
"Any comparison between the Ottomans and the Nazis is
ludicrous, as is the use of the word genocide to describe the actions of the Turks. What
passed between the Armenians and the Turks was not genocide; it was war"
"If any people were the victims of genocide, it was the Crimean Tatars, victims in their own homeland of a
planned extermination begun by Catherine the Great and ended by Joseph Stalin."
Justin McCarthy, Professor, University of Louisville,
"Armenian Terrorism History as Poison and Antidote."
"The Armenians were retreating before the Ottoman
Army. They were in danger. Yet they stopped whenever they could to kill the innocent
Muslims of Erzurum, despite the risk to their own safety. This kind of hatred and madness
cannot be explained. It is often falsely claimed that the Turks committed a genocide of
the Armenians. Yet this was the real genocide, a genocide of the Turks."
Justin McCarthy, Professor, University of Louisville, "The Destruction of Ottoman Erzurum by
"Neither political nor legal or material claims against
present-day Turkey can be derived from the recognition of this historical event as an act
European Parliament, 1987 resolution
"...The two parties forego their rights to ask for damages
because of the changes which took place as a result of the general war."
Armenia and Turkey, Article 8 of the
Treaty of Gumru/Alexandropol, wherein Dashnags agreed in "closing the doors FOREVER
to reparations," in the words
of Arthur Derounian (John Roy Carlson)
considered the Azerbaijani Turks as Tatars, yet they were a good people. Armenians, on the other hand, are provocateurs
in a single word.”
Frunze, Red Army commander, in a coded telegram to Lenin sent from Batum, 23 November 1921; Russian archives.
“I scolded them for their stupid actions. I
explained [to] them the stupidity of wasting on the Azerbaijanis, the weapons that we gave
them to use on the Turks.”
Lord Curzon, regarding his meeting with Boghos Nubar and Avetis Aharonian in
London, April 11 1920; Bilal Simsir, 'Ermeni Meselesi - 1774-2005,' Sept. 2005, p.
"...The Turk obeys the dictates of his
religion, the Christian does not; the Turk does not drink, the Christian gets drunk; the
Turk is honest; the Christian is a liar and a cheat; his religion is so overgrown with the
rank weeds of superstition that it no longer serves to guide his mind."
Lord Curzon with his lady and the tiger, in India
Robert Curzon, Armenia: a Year at Erzeroom, and on the Frontiers of Russia, Turkey and
Persia, London (John Murray), 1854; Curzon, somewhat of an adventurer during his youth,
lived among the Armenians for a year in the 1850s, and found little to admire...
"typical of dozens of other 19th century travelers of many nationalities,"
opines Paul Henze
"I have yet to meet a foreigner living in this part
of the world and unbiased by politics, religion or pecuniary benefits from condemning the
Turks, who has not most empathically stated that of all the races represented in the
population of the old Turkish Empire, the Turks by far are the best people."
E. Alexander Powell, American journalist and author,"The
Struggle for Power in Moslem Asia," 1923.>
"One may recognize fully the agreeable and attractive
personal qualities of the Turks that commonly make them the best liked, probably, of all
the peoples of the Empire, and that almost unconsciously turn most foreigners who stay
long in the country into pro-Turks."
King-Crane Commission report
"Their loyalty, their unblemished honesty, their
endless hospitality, their religious tolerance, their moral elegance, and natural tact do
give affectionate deposition for the Turks in front of the tribunal of humanity."
"To speak about the Armenian race, is for me, more painful
than one would believe, because their unfortunate 'incidents' render me almost
Pierre Loti, French writer and traveler
"Nearly everyone who touches upon the kernel of the nation
learns to respect and love Turks, to humiliate Greeks, to hate and despise Armenians...
Everywhere justifies the proverb, that the Greek defrauds 2 Jews, but the Armenian
defrauds 2 Greeks. Certainly, if you have been defrauded in Anatolia, so you had a
business with an Armenian"
"When I had business with Turks, I didn't need a
written document, because his vow was enough. When I had business with Greeks, I was in
need to sign the written document, because it is important for them. But when I had
business with Armenians, I didn't sign any documents, because even the written document
can't provide a barrier for their mendacity and intrigue"
German traveler, from the book "Outlines of Anatolia," p..6, p.188-191
Turkey "is known only for its mistakes and its
"The Turks I saw in Lawrence of Arabia and Midnight Express
were (...) like cartoon caricatures compared to the people I had known and lived among for
three of the happiest years of my life."
Mary Lee Settle, writer and traveler; Turkish
Reflections: A Biography Of A Place (New York, Prentice Hall Press, 1991)
“If the reader entertains any delusions about a fine
civilization, either Persian, Roman, Hellenic, or Egyptian, being submerged by this flood
(the advance of Islam), the sooner he dismisses such ideas the better. Islam prevailed
because it was the best social and political order the times could offer.”
H. G. Wells, famed British writer
"The Turk is the brother of the Armenian and they
William Saroyan, Antranik of Armenia, From "Inhale
and Exhale," 1935; the "they" refers to forces... likely the great
powers... that beg the question Saroyan goes on to ask: Why do they want them to kill
one another? What good does it do anybody?
“America should feed the half million Turks whose hinterland
was willfully demolished by the retreating Greeks, instead of aiding the Greeks and
Armenians who are sitting around waiting for America to give them their next meal. The
stories of Turk atrocities circulated among American churches are a mess of lies. I
believe that the Greeks and not the Turks are barbarians.”
Colonel William Haskell, the American Red Cross; returning
from a tour of investigation in the Near East. Source: The Turkish Myth, 1923. Here is what the colonel thought of the Armenians,
according to Dr. Richard Hovannisian.
"(This) one-sided and unreliable information (about any
people will) after a long period of unchallenged time, would create hostility and hatred
that would not be easily overcome.”
Cyrus Hamlin, co-founder of the American missionary college
in Istanbul (Robert College), opining on anti-Turkish propaganda.
"(The Turk never deigns to explain his own case while) the
pro-Armenians always manage to hold the field, appalling the public by incessant
reiteration and exaggeration as to the number of victims, and apparently valuing to its
full extent the wisdom of the old Eastern proverb give a lie twenty-four hours start, and
it will take a hundred years to overtake it."
C.F. Dixon-Johnson, British author of the 1916 book, "The Armenians."
"Paradoxical as it might seem, the Turks were the only
Christians in the Balkans."
A "celebrated correspondent," on his return
"from the seat of the last Balkan war," paraphrased by C.F.
Dixon-Johnson, British author of the above 1916 book.
“These Huntchagist bands, organized all over the empire, will
watch their opportunities to kill Turks and Kurds, set fire to their villages and then
make their escape into the mountains. The enraged Moslems will then rise and fall upon the
defenseless Armenians and slaughter them with such barbarities that Russia will enter in
the name of humanity and Christian civilization and take possession.”
"A very intelligent Armenian gentleman," quoted by
Dr. Cyrus Hamlin, in an 1893 American magazine
article... where the reverend appealed to missionaries to denounce "the
abominations" of Armenian terror; his near-lone voice of sanity among the Christian
flock was ignored.
"I do ... believe the Armenians ... especially should not be
allowed to govern other people; and certainly, if any of the other races here in this part
of the country are under the Armenians, they are going to be submitted to oppression and
Rear Admiral Marc L. Bristol, in his March 28, 1921 letter to Dr. James L.
Barton. (Given modern Armenia's abominable treatment of minorities, Admiral Bristol was right on the
"The Armenian, the Jew or the African should not damage
their development with a continual conditioning of hate; neither should spurious guilt be
vented upon others. These negative preoccupations and obsessions are obstructing our
Robert John (Hovhanes), Armenian historian; The Reporter,
"America's Leading Armenian Newspaper," August 2, 1984
"Demonizing others lays foundation for a dark cycle of
George W. Bush, United States President, in a 2002 message to
Armenian-Americans, during April 24 (the commemoration of the Armenian
"Genocide"), where he also reminded his Armenian citizens that "Transcending
this venomous pattern requires painful introspection about the past and wise determination
to forge for a new future based on truth and reconciliation.."
"[T]o curse at Muslims and especially at
Turks, to talk much about the Armenian Genocide, and to remind others constantly of the
brutality of the Turks are all regarded as expressions of patriotism. Among the leaders of
the past we consider those who curse Turks and killed Turks to be the most patriotic. Our
most recent heroes are those who assassinated Turkish diplomats in European cities...
[this] is the dominant mentality."
Rafael Ishkhanian, "The Law of Excluding the Third Force," in Gerard
Libaridian's Armenia at the Crossroads; Democracy and Nationhood in the Post-Soviet
Era, 1991, p. 10. The activist, publicist and "ancient historian" also
claims that Armenians "were the aborigines of the Armenian plateau who have been
living there continuously since the fourth millennium B.C. at the latest."
"Our patriotism is nothing if not anti-Turkism, and the most patriotic Armenian is
the most anti-Turkish. In general, for an Armenian, anti-Turkism and patriotism are
Vartan Harutiunyan, in a thought-provoking piece
entitled "Patriotism versus Patria."
"I heard, in Oxford English, more stories of Armenians
murdering Turks when the czarist troops fled north... Then they spoke of the hell that
would break loose if Versailles were to put, as threatened, the six 'Armenian' vilayets of
Turkey under the control of Erevan. Muslims under Christian rule? His lips smacked in
irony under the droopy red moustache. That's bloodshed — just Smyrna over again on a
Robert Dunn, American
officer in Eastern Turkey, 1919; upon hearing a conversation between British officers.
'World Alive, A Personal Story,' Crown Publishers, New York (1952), pg. 309 or 358. The
British lieutenant-colonel, Toby Rawlinson, would later get arrested by Atatürk
"Armenians... cannot expect this country (Great Britain) —
or any other one — to choose any area in Turkey, to chase away from there all other
races, to increase the Armenian population there under the shadow of British bayonets, and
to thus organize a national Armenian existence there with exorbitant taxes to be extracted
from the British people. Even the thought of it cannot go beyond being a raw fancy."
Lord Curzon, British statesman, PRO, FO. 800/151, 6.xii.1921
"British promises to Armenians were exactly like their
promises to Arabs in Syria, Palestine and Mesopotamia; they were made with the purpose of
encouraging the war efforts of the Armenians, to influence neutral states in favor of
England and to excite the separatist tendencies in ethnic minorities under the rule of
these neutral states so as to make their enemy, the Ottoman Empire, collapse from the
A. H Arslanian, British Wartime Pledges, 1917-1918: The
Armenian Case, Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 13, 1978 (page 522)
"The Armenians were very well treated for hundreds of years by the Turks, until
Russia, in the first place, started using them as pawns for purely political purposes;
they exploited them as Christians, solely as pawns."
Lieutenant Colonel T. Williams (Labour Party M.P.),
Parliamentary Debates (Commons), London 25.ii.1924, vol. 170
"(The Armenian) community constitutes the very life of Turkey,
for the Turks, long accustomed to rule rather than serve, have relinquished to them all
branches of industry. Hence the Armenians are the bankers, merchants, mechanics, and
traders of all sorts in Turkey.
Besides, there exists a congeniality and community of interest between them and the
Musulmans ... (Pashas to peasants owe) them ... so that without them the Osmanlis could
not survive a single day.
Oscanyan, Armenian author, The Sultan and his People, 1857, p. 353?. For exact wording, please click link.
"I believe that it won’t be a mistake to
consider this Third Period, that is the Tanzimat, to be the golden age of Armenians.
During this period, which we regard as the most bountiful and favourable one of all,
Armenians advanced in every field and could reach higher positions by showing themselves
and earning confidence and trust of the Government."
Y.G. Cark, Armenian priest, Türk Devleti Hizmetinde Ermeniler, 1453-1953.
[Armenians in the service of the Turkish State,1453 –
1953], Istanbul, 1953, p. 44.
"Our world is plagued with what I'd like
to call 'International Terrorism.' Let us not forget that this type of terrorism can only
be eradicated with the mutual determination and the complete cooperation of all the
governments of the Western world."
Kenan Evren, President of the Turkish Republic, 1981; it
would take a generation before the Americans got the idea
"...In some towns containing ten Armenian houses and thirty
Turkish houses, it was reported that 40,000 people were killed, about 10,000 women were
taken to the harem, and thousands of children left destitute; and the city university
destroyed, and the bishop killed. It is a well-known fact that even in the last war the
native Christians, despite the Turkish cautions, armed themselves and fought on the side
of the Allies. In these conflicts, they were not idle, but they were well supplied with
artillery, machine guns and inflicted heavy losses on their enemies…"
George M. Lamsa, a missionary known for his research on Christianity, "The
Secret of the Near East," The Ideal Press, Philadelphia (1923), page 133
(Regarding the 'evidence' against the Malta Tribunal deportees): "...Very few were available, that
Armenian Patriarchate at Istanbul had been the principal channel through which information
had been obtained, and that none of allied, associated and neutral Governments had been
asked to supply evidence..."
Sir H. Rumbold, His Majesty's High Commissioner at Istanbul
as the head of the occupying powers, in a report to London
"The Armenians were pleasantly accepted in London. The
Gladstone Cabinet invited the unpleased ones, classified them, put them in order and
promised to support them. Henceforth, the propaganda committee was established in London
which was going to be the source of inspiration."
Paul Cambon, French ambassador in Istanbul, probably reporting to the Quai d'Orsay
in 1894, "Yellow Book," (1893-1897)
"The culpability of Armenians leaves no
Philippe de Zara, Mustapha
Kemal, Dictateur (Paris, 1936)
"And the unarmed Armenian villagers were forced to help the
armed rebels at the cost of their blood."
"If Turks were (thieves) and (brigands) like (Europeans claim, the) Armenians (would
not) have had their prosperous lives, which continued until 1896"
General Mayewsky, Ambassador to Erzurum and Van, commenting
on massacres by Armenians in
the late 19th Century, translated from the Russian language, "The Statistic of Van
and Bitlis Provinces," Ottoman Military Printing Office (1914)
"They (the revolutionaries) were also not letting those
Armenians who would not help them live. For example, there was a mayor here. If I'm not
mistaken, his name was Kapamaciyan, and they had his son kill him because he was not very
supportive of them."
Mehmet Resit Efendi, Turkish survivor of the
1915 Armenian Revolt in Van. The unbiased Moslem majority of the city elected Bedros
Kapamaciyan as mayor. He was a rich Armenian, and never left an Armenian without work or a
trade. However, because he did not totally support the Armenians (for example, he fined an
Armenian shopkeeper), the Dashnak leader in Van, Aram Pasha, ordered the mayor's own son
to murder the mayor... and the son complied, pumping five bullets into Mayor Kapamaciyan.
More may be read here. From a book by
Akcora, unofficially translated as "The Testimony of Survivors from Van and
Surroundings on the Armenian Uprising," 1990, p. 151 ADDENDUM: More on Mayor Kapamaciyan
"May God curse that Aram Pasha. He was the one who deceived
us, saying that he would establish a state for us. Instead, he set fire to us. We have
never forgotten the humanity we saw from the Turks. While those had won the world for us,
while they treated us with benevolence, we kicked them. It was because of this that God
visited calamity on us. We were scattered everywhere."
Mehmet Resit Efendi, after embracing an
Armenian tradesman originally from Van, later located in Mosul (Iraq), and longing for his
homeland; one of the thousands of relocated Armenians who reached their destinations,
unmolested. (Boghos Nubar claimed 360,000 such
Armenians reached their destinations.) From the Akcora book above, p. 153.
"I would like to stress especially that, in the raids made by
the Kurds and the Turks, as a reaction to the rebellion movements in the several regions
of Anatolia at those times, the amount of material losses were extremely small compared to
the wealth pillaged by the Hinchaks in the robberies in Istanbul. The percentage would not
total even to one percent. The committeemen robbed the Istanbul Armenians... pitilessly.
They put several wealthy persons into a penniless situation."
Pantikyan, Armenian famed for playing a great role in the
armistice, as told to M. Sifir; Banoglu, Niyazi Ahmet, Gündüz Printing House, Ankara,
1976, p. 24-25 (Holdwater: However, some parties
seriously involved in massacring made a point of making off with cash and material goods.)
"...During this brief three year period (1904-1906), there were two Armenian victims assassinated by
Armenian terrorists for every one non-Armenian. This hitherto almost totally neglected
fact deserves our attention, for it was not a phenomenon limited to 1904-1906, but rather
one which still exists today. Its purpose, then as now, was nothing more or less than
intimidation. The conscious attempt to frighten the overwhelming majority of peaceful
Armenians into silence as regards the activities of the terrorists."
Heath W. Lowry, Professor, “Nineteenth and Twentieth Century
Armenian Terrorism: Threads of Continuity,” 1984; referring to a 1983 source by Dr.
"It is absolutely clear that the Armenians of Van started
the insurrection behind the Ottoman lines already in February 1915, waiting for the
Russian offensive. Before the Russians had reached Van they had already extinguished the
whole Muslim (Turks and Kurds alike) population of Van with all the neighboring villages.
Meanwhile there is also archeological evidence of these mass-murders, as countless
mass-graves with Muslim victims have been spotted, excavated and identified...Thanks God,
the triumph of the Armenians was documented by themselves. Photographs and reports were
sent to the Entente-magazines."
Erich Feigl, professor, author, "The Myth of Terror."
"Armenian-origin intellectuals and journalists have become
viciously intolerant of non-Armenian-origin colleagues who do not accept their biases and
who venture to question Armenian statistics or try to examine ... historical records
according to recognized standards of objectivity and respect for methodology."
Paul Henze, “The Roots of Armenian Violence: How Far Back Do They
"Sly, pliant, persevering, seldom if ever conscientious,
they (Armenians) monopolise all transactions in
business, and speedily become the bankers and tyrants of the place. Still it must not be
concluded from this that there are no honourable exceptions among those whose intelligence
and energy have conferred signal benefits upon the country..."
Baron Max von Thielmann, Journey in the Caucasus, Persia and
Turkey in Asia, London (John Murray), 1875, Vol. I, p. 41
"In an Asian city, during the 1896 massacres, the French
Consul, who had sheltered as many Armenians as possible at the Consulate under the French
standard, came up to his terrace to see what was going on in the neighborhood, when two
bullets came from behind him, whistling in his ears; turning, he realized in a flash, an
Armenian who had been aiming at him from a window of a neighboring house. Apprehended and
questioned, the sly aggressor answered: "I did that so that the Turks would be
accused, and with the hope that after the murder of the Consul, the French would rise
Pierre Loti, Les Massacres
d'Arménie (The Massacres of Armenia)
"... Poor devils, no one seems to want them anywhere, and
yet despite all they have gone through, I did not see a thin one amongst a good many
thousand I saw, and most looked cheery too. The massacres seem to have been a good deal
exaggerated ... I don't know what there is about the Armenians, but no one, not even the
missionaries, seems to have a good word to say about them...."
Lt. General Sir W. N. Congreve to General Sir Henry Wilson,
Cairo, 19 October 1919; regarding Armenians flooding Cilicia, under the aegis of the
French. Source, under "A British
"The hatred, malice and all
uncharitableness, characterizing the different native (Christian) sects in their
inter-relations could not be easily exaggerated ; and I am sorry to say that in the
opinion of men who have had ample opportunity of judging from personal observation, there
is only too much foundation for the bad opinion which each of those sects entertain of the
other. 'When a Mohammedan gives me his word,' said a gentleman who had a long experience
of the country, 'whether he be a Turk or a Kurd, I can always rely on it. I have never
been what is called ' done ' by a Mussulman, although I have had transactions of all kinds
with Moslems for years ; but when a native Christian tells me anything, I have cause
instinctively to ask myself where the deception lies — in what direction I am going to
be tricked. There are exceptions, of course; but if anyone has many dealings with
Mussulmans and native Christians in these parts, he will soon learn that the one may be
depended on, and the other will almost to a certainty deceive and cheat you if you give
him a chance'."
Gratan Geary, "Through Asiatic Turkey" (London,
M.S. and R. Sampson, 1878)
“As an Armenian, I never condone terrorism,
but there must be a reason behind this. Maybe the terrorism will work. It worked for the
Jews. They have Israel.“
Kevork Donabedian, the editor of The Armenian Weekly,
an ethnic newspaper published in the United States, as quoted in the November 18, 1980
issue of The Christian Science Monitor. (Yet
another Armenian dishonorably playing both sides of the fence.)
"... I condemn any and all terrorism, and especially Armenian terrorism. But at
the same time I have to say that as long as this cause remains unjustly denied, the KGB
and the Communist Party, who are obviously perpetrating this terrorism, are going to have
fuel for their fire."
Charles Pashayan, Congressman, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressional
Record, Dec. 12, 1985, p. H11936. Earlier in his statement, Pashayan stressed how "justice
has still been denied," faulting Turkey for not behaving "in the same way
that West Germany has acknowledged what its predecessor government did under the Nazi
regime." The "passions of the people" were thus understandable,
he argued, in effect justifying the Armenian terrorism that he made sure to officially
"condemn." (Armenian Allegations: Myth and Reality, ATAA, 1987.)
"In choosing sides, we go against the Turks. Images of
murderous sultans wielding thick-ended sabers remain."
Colman McCarthy, Armenian Terror
Tactics, July 31, 1983, The Washington Post
"The Turk has been and is the most misrepresented person in
the world. I know some of the falsehoods which have been and are being circulated in
America. They amaze me."
Rear Admiral Colby M. Chester, "Turkey Reinterpreted," The New York Times
Current History, 1922
"As a matter of cold,
indisputable fact, there is more religious freedom in Turkey than in any other country in
the world, more than has ever been recorded in history. "
Arthur Tremaine Chester, "Angora and the Turks," The New York Times Current History,
"Condemnation without hearing both sides is unjust
Arthur Tremaine Chester, above Feb.1923 article
"I could see that [the Armenians']
well-known disloyalty to the Ottoman Government and the fact that the territory which they
inhabited was within the zone of military operations constituted grounds more or less
justifiable for compelling them to depart their homes."
Robert Lansing, United States Secretary of State, to
President Woodrow Wilson, November 21, 1916, in Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations
of the United States: The Lansing Papers, 1914-1920, vol. 1 (Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1939),
The Ottoman state "has used its right to defend its
existence against Armenian organisations that had fomented and incited disorders and
rebellions at the instigation of the Russians by relying on Russian arms."
Leo (Arakel Babakhanian), Armenian
historian, Turkahai Heghopokhutian Kaghaparapanoutiunu
(The Ideology of the Turkish Armenian Revolution), published in
"History teaches us that man learns nothing from
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, in reply
to genocide zealots' argument that genocides must be recognized in order not to be
repeated. Surely the Armenians have not learned from their history of "ethnic
cleansing"; after slaughtering (some with Russian help) 518,000 Ottoman Muslims and
Jews during WWI and after, and conducting similar campaigns against their Azeri neighbors,
modern Armenia felt no compunction in attacking
and expulsing large numbers of defenseless Azeri civilians in 1992.
"The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often
Jean de la Bruyère
"The few who have attempted to alter the traditional view
have been derided as 'revisionists' as if revision were an academic sin and contextual
historical accuracy irrelevant. In fact, revising one-sided history and changing deficient
traditional wisdom is the business of the historian, and in few areas of history is
revision so needed as in the history of the Ottoman peoples. The history that results from
the process of revision is an unsettling one, for it tells the story of Turks as victims,
and this is not the role in which they are usually cast. It does not present the
traditional image of the Turk as victimizer, never victim, that has continued in the
histories of America and Europe long after it should have been discarded with other
artifacts of nineteenth-century racism."
Booknews, Inc. Review, "Death and Exile: The Ethnic Cleansing of Ottoman
Muslims, 1821-1922," June 1, 1996
"To punish all persons guilty of Armenian
atrocities would necessitate wholesale execution of Turks and I therefore suggest
punishment should rather take the form of, nationally, dismemberment of the late Turkish
Empire and, individually, in trial of high officials such as those on my lists whose fate
will serve as an example."
British Deputy High Commissioner Webb, in an April 3, 1919 cipher telegram to
the Peace Conference in Paris. Holdwater: How convenient. The
Allies (that is, self-seeking imperialist powers) were planning the dismemberment of the
Ottoman Empire well before World War I, and during wartime they were colluding
through secret treaties; making it seem
like there was a genocide would certainly justify their land-grab scheme. Fortunately, the
British had the honor to not find the high officials guilty at the Malta Tribunal (for
lack of evidence) and their land grab scheme (for Asia Minor, anyway) was foiled by the
"It seems almost a pity to upset the good old myth of
Turkish viciousness and terribleness, but in the interest of accuracy I find myself
constrained to do so, although it makes me feel a bit like one who is compelled to tell a
child that Jack the Giant Killer really found no monstrous men to slay.
In due course of time the deportees, entirely unmassacred and fat and prosperous, returned
(if they wished so to do), and an English prisoner of war who was in one of the vacated
towns after it had been repopulated told me that he found it filled with these astonishing
Colby M. Chester, Rear Admiral, United States Navy; "Turkey Reinterpreted," The New York Times
Current History, March 1922
"The Genocide has been the single most fundamental issue
defining the Armenians' identity in this century. Its importance for Armenia and the
Diaspora cannot be understated."
Vartan Oskanian, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Republic of
Armenia, May 1999; in a testimonial for the The Zoryan Institute
for Contemporary Armenian Research and Documentation, est. 1982. (Holdwater:
We know! We know! It's your life's blood...)
"...We know the whole history of these
massacres to some extent. It is only towards the Armenians that the Turk is said to be so
intolerant; there are other parts of the world where he [the Turk] deals with Christian
people, and where he deals with the Jewish community... Moreover, the Armenians themselves
lived under the Turkish rule for centuries and never complained. Therefore, we earnestly
appeal to you, to the whole Christian world of Europe and America, that if the Turk is to
be punished on the assumption that he is a tyrant, and that his rule is a blasting tyranny
then the evidence should be of such character that it should be absolutely above
Muhammad Ali, leading a delegation of Indian Muslims at the
Peace Conference, March 1919, to Lloyd George. While the British were determined to wipe
the defeated Ottoman Empire off the surface of the earth, such initiatives slowly
compelled the British to uphold the principles of law and justice, when they embarked on
the Malta Tribunal, which proved beyond a
shadow of a doubt there was no Armenian "Genocide."
"The Queen’s Government, taking into account the best
interest of Holland, deems it unsuitable and unnecessary to participate in such an
Dutch embassy, March 17, 1919, in response to a request for a neutral sizing up of
the Armenian "Genocide." Four countries were asked, and none wished to take the
opportunity to prove once and for all the Turks were guilty as charged. A May 6, 1919
French-written document, in the Archives of the Foreign Ministry, stated: "Two
lawyers each from the countries of Denmark (April 19, 1919), Spain (March 17, 1919),
Sweden (April 19, 1919) and Holland (March 17, 1919) were requested to participate in the
international committee to be formed to investigate if any injustices were made during the
relocation. The delegates of the investigation committee were to visit provinces in
Anatolia to make inquiries to establish any injustice that took place and to solve the
matter by lawful means. However, this venture was not realized, as the concerned nations
refused to send delegates (at the requested time)."
“Few Americans who mourn, and justly, the miseries of the
Armenians, are aware that till the rise of nationalistic ambitions, beginning with the
'seventies, the Armenians were the favored portion of the population of Turkey, or that in
the Great War, they traitorously turned Turkish cities over to the Russian invader; that
they boasted of having raised an army of one hundred and fifty thousand men to fight a
civil war, and that they burned at least a hundred Turkish villages and exterminated their
“...It is at least time that Americans ceased to be deceived by propaganda…”
John Dewey, American professor, The
Turkish Tragedy, The New Republic, November 12, 1928
"I once asked a professor of mine who taught a class on the laws of war and war
crimes at Columbia Law School to deprogram me from all the propaganda I had received
growing up Turkish. I asked him to please find me evidence of the genocide by neutral
scholars so I could know the truth.
After investigating the issue, he came back and said that he could not find one
non-Armenian scholar who believed this was a genocide, but since 'it looked like a duck,
it walked like a duck and it talked like a duck, it must be a duck.' If that's not the
product of excellent propaganda, I don't know what is."
Cenk Uygur, a Turkish-American writing to salon.com
in 1999, now behind a radio talk show called 'The Young Turks'; his professor must have
been wise enough to distinguish genuine non-Armenian scholars (i.e, those who look at all
the facts) from the many false scholars who mindlessly or purposely accept Armenian
(The Turks whose honor and the dignity you have been pummeling and mauling lo these many
years, were) "...far better men and far abler rulers than the wretched tyrants
whom they suppressed....the Turks were in advance, not of their Christian subjects alone,
but of the greater part of Christian Europe."
Edson L. Clark (1827-1913), British anthropologist and
historian, from his "Nations of the World" Series,1900, N.Y. (pp. 84,87.)
"In 1906 the Russian army had instructed the Russian consul in Van to visit the
Assyrian Patriarch and ask whether Russia could count on the Assyrians for help in the
event of a war with the Ottoman Empire. Mar Shamun Beniamin promised that if Russia took
Van and armed the Assyrians, he would produce a force of forty thousand men and occupy the
land between Mosul and Bitlis."
Michael A. Reynolds, "The Ottoman-Russian Struggle for Eastern Anatolia
and the Caucasus," Nov. 2003 dissertation, p. 141. Source: K.P. Matveev and I.I.
Mar-Iukhanna, Assiriiskii vopros vo vremia i posle pervoi mirovoi voiny (1914-1933)
(Moscow: Nauka, 1968), 42. The Assyrians numbered between 150,000-200,000, about 70,000 in
Iran. Those who believe in an "Assyrian Genocide" can see the familiar roots of
"In terms of per capita, US aid to Armenia is second only to Israel."
Keith Simmons, the US Agency for International Development's director in Armenia,
in a paraphrased statement to Armenian community leaders in
Boston, January 2003. (Source: "The State Department's Traveling Propaganda
Show," David B. Boyajian,
Armenian Weekly.) U.S. taxpayers have doled out over $1.5 billion to Armenia since her
independence, largely due to the influence of Armenian-Americans, as the U.S. Ambassador
to Armenia, John Ordway, stated in the same event.
"We, the non-Armenian population of Glendale, are
not obligated to recognize the genocide.''
Californian resident, quoted in "Tolerance is a
two-way street," Albert Hoffmanan, 'Glendale in the Times Community
Newspapers,' July 3rd, (2002). Californians are beginning to have
enough of the huge chunk of obsessive Armenian-Americans among them pushing their fake
genocide down everyone's throats. The truth of the words spoken applies to everywhere else
in the world, and not just Glendale.
"(The) United Nations has not approved or
report labeling the Armenian experience as Genocide."
Farhan Haq, U.N. spokesman, October 5th, 2000. On June 4-7, 2005, at a Florida Atlantic University genocide
conference, Juan Mendez, Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide to the
Secretary General of the United Nations, was criticized for calling the Armenians'
genocide an "event." This article tells us that the Argentinian "responded that since the
UN has not
officially recognized the genocide, he was not allowed to call it that." As
reader Conan put it: "The UN is the organ that has established the Genocide
Convention. If even such an institution doesn’t recognize the Armenian genocide, Turkey
has the right to punish the so called Armenian genocide as libel. That is the right of
"The meaning of genocide is the planned destruction of a
religious and ethnic group, as far as it is known to me, there is no evidence for that in
the case of the Armenians. The deniers of Holocaust have a purpose: to prolong Nazism and
to return to Nazi legislation. Nobody wants the 'Young Turks' back, and nobody wants to
have back the Ottoman Law..."
Bernard Lewis, Professor, "There Was No Genocide,"
an interview by Dalia Karpel, Ha'aretz daily, Jerusalem, January 23, 1998
"Many writers find it scandalous that I should support the right of free
expression for Faurisson without carefully analyzing his work, a strange doctrine which,
if adopted, would effectively block defense of civil rights for unpopular views. Faurisson
does not control the French press or scholarship. There is surely no lack of means or
opportunity to refute or condemn his writings. My own views in sharp opposition to his are
clearly on record, as I have said. No rational person will condemn a book, however
outlandish its conclusions may seem, without at least reading it carefully; in this
case, checking the documentation offered, and so on... One who defends the right of free
expression incurs no special responsibility to study or even be acquainted with the views
Noam Chomsky, "His Right to Say It," The Nation, February
28, 1981. Prof. Robert Faurisson has been accused of being a
"Holocaust denier." The article may be accessed zmag.org,
a site that is ironically Armenian genocide-friendly, and another of
interest is partly entitled, "The Rights of Freedom of Expression." Thanks to
"...After hostilities had actually commenced, the
Deputy to the Assembly for Erzerum, Garo Pasdermadjian, passed over with almost all the
Armenian troops and officers of the Third Army to the Russians; to return with them soon
after, burning hamlets and mercilessly putting to the knife all of the peaceful Mussulman
villagers that fell into their hands."
Rafael de Nogales, Venezuelan adventurer, on Armenian atrocities victimizing Turks
of Erzerum, "Four Years Beneath the Crescent" (translated from Spanish by Muna
Lee from the original Spanish version: "Quatro Anos Bajo La Media Luna"),
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, London, 1926, page 45
“I long for a 'Sun Country.' There should be no nights in this
country and the people should not know what the concept of darkness means. Is it possible
to find 'The Sun Country' on earth? The existence of the Turks who do not interfere with
the freedom of thought and conscience makes me believe that — at least tomorrow — such
a country will exist, since there is a nation, which does not imprison or chain love for
the truth…Why should a 'Sun Country' be a reality tomorrow, a country where only the
truth, justice and freedom reigns?”
Tommaso Campanella (1568-1659),
Renaissance philosopher, writer and child prodigy, in a passage
from his well-known 1602 work ‘Civitas Solis’ (City of the Sun)
"When those of Armenians resident in the aforementioned towns
and villages who have to be moved are transferred to their places of settlement and are on
the road, their comfort must be assured and their lives and property protected; after
their arrival their food should be paid for out of Refugees' Appropriations until they are
definitively settled in their new homes. Property and land should be distributed to them
in accordance with their previous financial situation as well as current needs; and for
those among them needing further help, the government should build houses, provide
cultivators and artisans with seed, tools, and equipment."
"This order is entirely intended against the extension of the Armenian Revolutionary
Committees; therefore do not execute it in such a manner that might cause the mutual
massacre of Muslims and Armenians."
Key Ottoman Decree, putting the Armenian
"Deportations" into motion
"The Ottoman government prosecuted more
than one thousand soldiers and civilians for disobedience. Further, approximately 200,000
Ottoman Armenians who were relocated to Syria lived without menace through the remainder
of the war."
Bruce Fein, Attorney and Adjunct Scholar of ATAA, "An
Armenian and Muslim Tragedy? Yes! Genocide? No!"
"Enver Pasha was later associated with the
dream of reuniting all the Turkish-speaking peoples and domains of Asia, and certainly the
idea was familiar to him in 1914 —
David Fromkin, responding to the familiarly ridiculous
pro-Armenian allegations of "Pan-Turanism" and/or "Pan-Islamism"
(Taner Akcam likes both), to establish the much needed motive for mass-murder. "A
Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern
Middle East," Avon Books, New York, 1989
intellectually it was in the air — but, as of then, it did not enter into his plans. A
small man, much addicted to theatrical gestures and to large programs that began with the
prefix "pan-," Enver was also supposed to harbor pan-lslamlc ambitions. His
treatment of Arab fellow-Moslems shows that this, too, was a slogan that he did not
translate into policy."
"The Bush administration acted toward Turkey like the stereotypical rogue from a
1950s B-Movie. First we told Turkey what we wanted. When she balked, we got a little
rough. When even that didn’t do the trick, we pulled out our wallet, saying in essence,
“Fine, how much do you want?” When even cash failed, we told her to get out of the car
and walk home."
Josh Marshall, editor, Talkingpointsmemo.com, March 26, 2003; in regards to
Turkey's reluctance to whole-heartedly join in on the Iraqi War.
"It must be admitted that it is political interest which has
caused us (the nations of the Balkans) to describe the Turks as cruel Asiatic tyrants,
unameanable to European civilisation. An impartial history would show that the Turks are
rather Europeans than Asiatics and that they are not cruel tyrants, but a nation that
loves justice and freedom, and that possesses virtues and qualities deserving of
recognition and respect."
Chedo Myatovich, Serbian plenipontentiary minister to
London and Istanbul, as reported in the Asiatic Quarterly of Oct. 1913. Here is another variation of the above quotation.
"Today's ethnic cleansing policies by the Serbian
dictatorship against Croatians and Muslims of Yugoslavia, as well as the Soviet Republic
of Armenia's against the Muslim population of neighboring Azerbaijan, are really no
different in their aspirations than the genocide perpetrated by the Armenian Government 78
years ago against the Turkish and Kurdish Muslims and Sephardic Jews living in these
Cebbar Leygara, Kurdish Leader, October 13, 1992
"He committed murder — in German
there is the word 'Rufmord,' which means the murder of one´s reputation — by defaming
the name of the Turkish nation, the killing of one's reputation. Sometimes 'Rufmord' is
worse than real murder. It leads easily to further crimes, in our case against Turkey and
Erich Feigl, Professor, "The Myth of Terror."
Commenting on Franz Werfel, author of
"The Forty Days of Musa Dagh," book with a tremendous worldwide impact, and one
that was accepted as a true story... even though Werfel irresponsibly relied on bogus
"Therefore, we have to take care, as soon as possible, to
concentrate such forces in Bulgaria as is necessary to make Turkey politically docile or
to break Turkey's resistance by force."
Adolf Hitler in his Weisungen for die Kriegsführung, 1941 and at the peak of his
power at a time when Turkey was totally surrounded by Nazis and collaborators. Dokumente
des Oberkommandos der Wehrmacht, Militärarchiv Freiburg/Breisgau
desperate position during World War II: Turkey was totally surrounded by Hitler and
his vassals. Source: Erich Feigl, The Myth of Error. Turkey helped
neighbor Greece and saved Jews
during these desperate times... while Armenians lent a hand to Der Fuehrer during his campaign for The Final
“Jewish people must always recall the
Ottoman Empire with gratitude who, at one of Judaism’s darkest hours, flung open its
door widely and kept them open."
Cecil Roth, historian
"It should be our moral obligation to defend
Dr. J. E. Botton, Jewish-American originally from Turkey, speaking for all Jews,
in memory of the Turkish nation's being one of the very, very few friends of the Jews
throughout history; in a letter to Forward, early 2001
"Pass through the gateways of this book, turn to the way of
God, study its tales, read and see that God, in His wisdom and understanding, rendered
this Turkish nation great.... The Turks is the rod of His wrath, the staff of His anger,
and by means of Him He takes His vengeance of the gentle nations and tongues and states
whose time has come."
Eliyahu Kapsali,16th century Jewish historian, writing in
Crete, attributing the collapse of the Byzantine Empire and its conquest by the Ottomans
directly to the Byzantine persecution of the Jews; Source: Prof. Stanford Shaw
“It is actually an understatement that there was no anti-Semitism in Turkey. In fact,
there was a pro-Semitism. Ottoman governments treated their Jewish subjects with a special
consideration and compassion as one of their own, as one of the most loyal and devoted
subjects of the empire:”
Haim Nahum, last Grand Rabbi of the Ottoman Empire,
"We have first hand information and evidence of Armenian
atrocities against our people (Jews). Members of our family
witnessed the murder of 148 members of our family near Erzurum, Turkey, by Armenian
neighbors, bent on destroying anything and anybody remotely Jewish and/or Muslim...
Armenians were in league with Hitler in the last war, on his promise to grant themselves
government if, in return, the Armenians would help exterminate Jews. Armenians were also
hearty proponents of the anti-Semitic acts in league with the Russian Communists."
Elihu Ben Levi, Vacaville, California,
letter, San Francisco Chronicle (December 11, 1983). [Armenian
guerillas rounded up and massacred Jews in the area of Hakkari; in Trabzon and vicinity
they massacred thousands of Greeks. The idea behind these atrocities was to secure an
Armenian majority. (Kara Schemsi, Tures et Arméniens devant l'Histoire, Gèneve,
Imprimerie Nationale, 1919, p. 49, 41). Jews were attacked everywhere; the Commander of
Gendarmerie Regiment at Van recorded: "Some three hundred Jews trying to escape from
were captured at the village of Sil and cut into pieces. Then (the Armenians) stacked the
corpses." (Aspirations and revolutionary movements of the Armenian parties,. pp.
"...As I became more knowledgeable and could compare
cultures and countries around the globe with the passing of age and experience, we became
much more appreciative of the benevolence of the Turkish people who harbored the Jewish
people through incredibly barbaric times in the annals of European history. In retrospect
of what we know of European history today, we owe Turkish people a great debt of gratitude
for saving the lives of thousands of Jews."
Israel Hanukoglu, professor , College of Judea and Samaria
Ariel, Israel; from his Story of Turkish Jews