Let's take a look at the
ferocity of Armenians... in the words of Armenians. (Along with Russians, and
"Human Rights Champion" Peter Balakian was thinking of his
own people, when he uttered these
Officer Reveals All in "MEN ARE LIKE THAT"
Men Are Like That
The Bobbs-Merrill Companv, Indianapolis (1926).
[Memoirs of an Armenian officer who participated in the Armenian massacres of Turks]
page 20 (second paragraph)
"Our men armed themselves, gathered together and advanced on the Tartar section of
the village. There were no lights in the houses and the doors were barred, for the Tartars
suspected what was to happen and were in great fear. Our men hammered on the doors, but
got no response; whereupon they smashed in the doors and began a carnage that continued
until the last Tartar was slain. Throughout the hideous night, I cowered at home in
terror, unable to shut my ears to the piercing screams of the helpless victims and the
loud shouts of our men. By morning the work was finished."
page 15 (second paragraph)
"The Tartars [Muslims] were, for the most part, poor. Some of them
lived in villages and cultivated small farms; many of them continued
in the way of life of their nomadic forefathers. They drove their
flocks and herds from valley to valley, from plain to mountain, and
from mountain to plain, following the pasturage as it changed with
the seasons. They ranged from the salt desert shores of the Caspian Sea far into the
mighty Caucasus Mountains. Even the village Tartars are a primitive people, only
I can see now that we Armenians frankly despised the Tartars, and,
while holding a disproportionate share of the wealth of the country,
regarded and treated them as inferiors."
"We closed the roads and mountain passes that might
serve as ways of escape for the Tartars 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 stone and dust and when the villages became
untenable and inhabitants fled from them into fields,
bullets and bayonets completed the work. Some of the
Tartars escaped of course. They found refuge in the
mountains or succeeded in crossing the border into
Turkey. The rest were killed. And so it is that the
whole length of the borderland of Russian Armenia from
Nakhitchevan to Akhalkalaki from the hot plains of
Ararat to the cold mountain plateau of the North were
dotted with mute mournful ruins of Tartar villages.
They are quiet now, those villages, except for howling
of wolves and jackals that visit them to paw over the
scattered bones of the dead."
p. 203 (second paragraph)
"One evening I passed through what had been a Tartar village. Among the ruins a fire
was burning. I went to the fire and saw seated about it a group of soldiers. Among them
were two Tartar girls, mere children. The girls were crouched on the ground, crying softly
with suppressed sobs. Lying scattered over the ground were broken household utensils and
other furnishings of Tartar peasant homes. There were also bodies of the Muslim
p. 204 (first paragraph)
"I was soon asleep. In the night I was awakened by the persistent crying of a child.
I arose and went to investigate. A full moon enabled me to make my way about and revealed
to me all the wreck and litter of the tragedy that had been enacted. Guided by the child's
crying, I entered the yard of a house, which I judged from its appearance must have been
the home of a Muslim family. There in a corner of the yard I found a women dead. Her
throat had been cut. Lying on her breast was a small child, a girl about a year old."
Page 218 (first and second paragraphs)
"We Armenians did not spare the Muslims. If persisted in, the slaughtering of
Tartars, the looting, and the rape and massacre of the helpless become commonplace actions
expected and accepted as a matter of course.
I have been on the scenes of massacres where the dead lay on the ground, in numbers, like
the fallen leaves in a forest. Muslims had been as helpless and as defenseless as sheep.
They had not died as soldiers die in the heat of battle, fired with ardor and courage,
with weapons in their hands, and exchanging blow for blow. They had died as the helpless
must, with their hearts and brains bursting with horror worse than death itself."
p. 109 (second paragraph).
"The method of execution was for an Armenian government 'mauserist' to walk up behind
the condemned Muslim in his home or on the Street, place a pistol to the back of his head
and blow out his brains. This simple way of getting rid of those who were undesirable in
the view of the Armenian government and soon became a common way of paying debts."
From the Foreword:
"For example, we were camped one night in a half-ruined Tartar mosque, the most
habitable building of a destroyed village, near the border of Persia and Russian Armenia.
During the course of evening I asked Ohanus if he could tell me anything of the history of
the village and the cause of its destruction. In his matter of fact way he replied, Yes, I
assisted in its sack and destruction, and witnessed the slaying of those whose bones you
saw today scattered among its ruins.'
The following are comments by
Professor Davras Yavuz of The Hague, Holland (From a 12-1-97 letter in The Turkish Times);
"...Some Armenian organizations have had
systematic campaigns to destroy every copy they could find for many years and very few
Holdwater adds: I can see
why! One of the Armenians' own completely smashed their "Myth of Innocence."
"The book contains pages of many more such
accounts, clearly indicating the terrible massacres the Armenian Government (with the
collusion of many of the populace, of course) perpetrated. Subsequently the Ottoman forces
busy in North Africa trying to defend their last bits of territory were withdrawn and sent
to Eastern Turkey to claim back the Ottoman territories taken by the Armenians through the
massacre of about 2.5 million Muslims (many Tartars, Kurds)."
(Holdwater believes around a fifth of that
number were massacred by Armenians, with the
help of Russians. Here is a better accounting of "Men Are Like That.")
According to Yavuz, was One of the Architects of the Armenians' Campaign to
Systematically Kill Off Their Muslim Neighbors
"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.
(ADDENDUM, 05-06: Poor Lalaian, who has been libeled
here and in so many other places, was a Soviet-Armenian historian! The words refer
to an unnamed crazy killer Dashnak officer who was proud of his murderous misdeeds.
Here is another translation of the
above statement. Sorry, Comrade Lalaian!)
Fiction supports the notion that "Armenians have... slain more Turks than Turks have
were like that."
On occasion, even works of fiction can be a
useful means of gaining some insight into history. This is particularly true when one
attempts to sort out the conflicting versions of events which typify Turco-Armenian
history of the era of the First World War. A case in point is found in a short-story
published by the British author Michael Arlen (born: Dikran Kuyumjian) in 1924.
Specifically, his collection of short stories entitled, These Charming People,
includes a story called “The Man With The Broken Nose.” The “man” in question, an
Armenian, engages in the following conversation with the unnamed narrator and his friend,
‘You see sir,’
he said gravely, ‘I know all about killing. I have killed many men.... ‘
Corps?’ inquired Tarylon.
snapped the stranger. ‘I know nothing of your Corps. I am a Zeytounli.’
‘Please have patience with me, I begged the stranger.
‘What is a Zeytounli?’
He regarded me
with those smoldering dark eyes; and I realized vividly that his nose had been broken in
some argument which had cost the other man more than a broken nose.
said, ‘is a fortress in Armenia. For five hundred years Zeytoun has not laid down her
arms, but now she is burnt stones on the ground. The Zeytounlis, sir, are the hillmen of
Armenia. I am an Armenian.’
‘Oh, I’m so
sorry,’ Tarlyon murmured.
been treated pretty badly, haven’t you?’ said Tarlyon. ‘All those massacres and
glared at him, and then he laughed at him. I shall remember that laugh. So will Tarlyon.
Then the stranger
raised a finger and, very gently, he tapped Tarlyon’s shoulder.
said he. 'Your manner of speaking
bores me. Turks have slain many Armenians. Wherefore Armenians have slain many Turks. You
may take it from me that, by sticking to it year in and year out for five hundred years,
Armenians have in a tactful way slain more Turks than Turks have Armenians. That is why I
am proud of being an Armenian. And you would oblige me, gentlemen, by informing your
countrymen that we have no use for their discarded trousers, which are anyway not so good
in quality as they were, but would be grateful for some guns.’
He left us.
know,’ I murmured, ‘that Armenians were like that. I have been misled about Armenians.
And he speaks English very well.. . ‘
Tarylon thoughtfully. ‘But no one would say he was Armenian if he wasn’t, would he?’*
This is an interesting crack in the
portrait Armenians have so carefully drawn of themselves as ‘helpless victims of the
ruthless Turks.’ Here, some sixty-two years ago, an Armenian author let down his guard
for a moment and in a passage of ‘fiction’ managed to shed a great deal of light on
the real nature of Turkish-Armenian relations during World War I.
Someone might well direct the
attention of Dikran Kuyumjian’s son, Michael Arlen, Jr., the author of Passage to
Ararat, in which the myth of Armenian innocence is raised to new heights, to his
father’s short-story, “The Man With the Broken Nose.”
*Quoted in Grant Overton, Cargoes
for Crusoes. (New York & Boston), 1924. See the essay entitled: “A Reasonable
View of Michael Arlen,” pp. 266-276.
The preceding was published as "Quote
of the Month" in the Winter 1986-87 issue of ATA-USA
Avetis Aharonian, From Sardarapat
to Sevres and Lausanne; Armenian Review, Vol. 16, No. 3-63, Autumn, Sep. 1963,
p. 52 (second paragraph).
"Your three Armenian chiefs, Dro,
Hamazasp and Kulkhandanian are the ringleaders of the bands which have destroyed
Muslim villages and have staged massacres in Zangezour, Surmali, Etchmiadzin, and
Zangibasar. This is intolerable. Look — and here he pointed to a file of official
documents on the table — look at this, here in December are the reports of the
last few months concerning ruined Muslim villages which my representative Wardrop
has sent me. The official Tartar communique speaks of the destruction of 300
villages by the Armenians."
p. 54 (fifth paragraph).
"Yes, of course. I repeat, until this massacre of
the Muslim is
stopped and the three chiefs are not removed from your military leadership I hardly
think we can supply you arms and ammunition.
It is the armed bands led by Dro, Hamazasp and Kulkhandanian who during the past
months have raided and destroyed many Muslim villages in the regions of Surmali,
Etchmiadzin, Zangezour, and Zangibasar. There are official charges of massacres by
ADDITIONS FROM GUENTER LEWY'S BOOK
(The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey, A Disputed Genocide, 2005, p. 114.)
"The Turks had killed and exiled all Armenians, looted their homes, burned down
their houses. The Russian victorious armies, reinforced with Armenian volunteers, had
slaughtered every Turk they could find, destroyed every house they entered. The once
beautiful Bitlis city, under the retreated feet of defeated soldiers and incoming armies,
was left in fire and ruins."
Haig Shiroyan, Smiling through the Tears, p. 186
"Having disposed of about sixty Turks living in the village
[of Fundejak, near the city of Marash] they [the Armenian villagers] were ready to fight
for their lives."
Pastor Abraham H. Hartunian, Neither to Laugh Nor to Weep: A
Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, trans. Vartan Hartunian, p. 58
The above massacre is confirmed by American relief worker Stanley
Kerr, drawing on another Armenian source. (The Lions of Marash: Personal Experiences
with American Near East Relief, 1919-1922, p. 19.) Guenter Lewy adds: "The
pastor's choice of the word 'dispose' to describe the killing of Turkish villagers is
typical of Armenian writing, in which, as [Gwynne] Dyer has correctly observed,
"Muslim massacres of Christians are a heinous and inexcusable outrage; Christian
massacres of Muslims are, well, understandable and forgivable." [Turkish
Falsifiers and Armenian Deceivers,"
Is that IT?
Well, don't blame me! Keep in
mind the Armenians come as close to being a single-willed monolith as a people can
muster. There are few instances where they have let their guard down and personally
admitted to their brutalities. (Since their entire M.O. has been to commit the
crimes, and then cry to the West that they have been victimized, after the
counter-measures finally follow.) Many of these original sources that go against the
Armenians' entire raison d'etre (that is, "genocide.com")... such as The 1923 Manifesto of Hovhannes
Katchaznouni, Armenia's First Prime Minister...have been picked off the shelves
of libraries and bookstores by the Diaspora faithful, in an effort to erase the
critical evidence by their own against them.
So why don't I do what Armenian
web sites do when they provide "evidence" prepared by Armenians... and
similarly provide reports written by Turks? I've largely avoided doing so, because I
realize the impartial observer will question the credibility of the accused. (Not to
mention the many brainwashed partial observers, but these sad souls are usually
beyond redemption.) I invite you to scour this web site... you will find plenty of
testimony by Westerners who DON'T have reason to love the Turks and who HAVE
provided testimony to the atrocities performed by the Armenians.
Don't forget this following
report written by an Orthodox brother, Russian officer Lt. Col. Twerdokhleboff... who kept a diary between 1917 and
1918, on the inhuman actions of the Armenians. Below, you'll find eyewitness reports
of two other Russians I've taken from the same page. (And when I say
"eyewitness," they were most certainly "eyewitnesses"... unlike
the bulk of missionaries and American consuls who are often falsely termed as
This photo is said to be of the Armenian
committee member (Mardo?), along with "Tigris" from Diabekir, proudly
posing in front of the Turkish villager they killed. (From the documentary, "Sari
("Fortunately"?? What am I saying?), the bloodthirstiness and massacring
of the innocent that is common to Armenians was displayed in recent history, when
the Armenians pulled a sneak, cowardly attack on neighbor Azerbaijan during the
early 1990s. Here is only a portion of Western media reports on the atrocious way in which Armenian
soldiers handled themselves. Not to mention their actions during World War II, when their job
mostly became (having proven themselves as poor soldiers at the front) that of doing
what they do best: persecuting the innocent, primarily (in this case) the Jews.
Granted, such criminality does
not prove Armenians acted similarly during the First World War... but they lend
significant further evidence as to what might have happened, because the essential
nature of a people does not change. Contrast the Armenians with the impeccable way
Turkish soldiers behaved since the World War I era. (In Korea, for example, admiring Chinese prisoners would say... in
the only English they had learned... "Turkish soldiers Number One!"
Keep in mind these Russians were most likely not Turk-lovers and had no other
agenda, like missionaries and "Christian" American consuls; they were
simply telling the truth.
"More than 800 unarmed, defenseless Turks were murdered. The Armenians
had dug gigantic trenches into which the poor Turks were thrown after being
slaughtered, like a herd of cattle. An Armenian who directed the execution counted
the unhappy victims. 'That's seventy,' he roared, 'there (is) still room for
ten more; hack away! ' And another ten wretches were slaughtered to fill up the gap,
which was then filled in with a little earth. The army contractor wanted to provide
a little diversion for his own benefit. He locked into a house eighty wretched
victims, and then had them let out one after another while he smashed in their
skulls with his own hand."
Commander-in-Chief, Odichelidze, who also reported that in the village of
Ilidja all Turks who were unable to escape were massacred; he saw numbers of corpses
of children whose heads had been hacked off with blunt axes.
This same officer, identified as "Russian General L. Odishe
Liyetze" is reported to have written in his diary: "On the
nights 11-12 March alone Armenian butchers bayoneted and axed to death Muslim people
in areas surrounding Erzincan. These barbarians threw their victims into pits, most
likely dug according to their sinister plans to extinguish Muslims, in groups of 80.
My adjutant counted and unearthed 200 such pits. This is an act against our world of
(The source for these are unknown, but I came
across them in two separate areas, translated by two separate parties, with the name
spellings differing... but the messages were exactly the same, even if the words did
not exactly match. It's possible the top quote ["More than 800..."]
is from Griaznoff/Griyaznof, and not the general.)
...Lieutenant-Colonel Griaznoff (spelled "Griyaznof," elsewhere), who
returned from Ilidja on the 28th February, 1918, three weeks after the slaughter,
related what he had seen:
" In the courtyard of the mosque the corpses lay heaped to a depth of two
lance-lengths. There were bodies of men, women, children, old people, people of
"On the (of) 27th February, the Armenians
crucified a Turkish woman-still alive — on a wall after tearing out her heart; she
was hung head downwards."
A presumed Russian source:
"The killings were organized by the doctors and the employers, and
the act of killing was committed solely by the Armenian Army. More than eighty
thousand unarmed and defenceless Muslims have been massacred in Erzincan and
Erzurum. Large holes were dug and the defenceless Muslims were slaughtered like
animals next to the holes. Later, the murdered Muslims were thrown into the holes.
The Armenian who stood near the hole would say when the hole was filled with the
corpses: 'Seventy dead bodies, well, this hole can take ten more.' Thus ten more
Muslims would be cut into pieces, thrown into the hole, and when the hole was full
it would be covered over with soil.
The Armenians responsible for the act of murdering would frequently fill a house
with eighty Muslims, and cut their heads off one by one. Following the Erzincan
massacre, the Armenians began to withdraw towards Erzurum... The Armenian Army among
those who withdrew to Erzurum from Erzincan raided the Moslem villages on the road,
and destroyed the entire population, together with the villages."
Dr. Azmi Suslu, Russian View on the Genocide Committed by
the Armenians Against the Muslims, 1987, pp. 45-53.
"The reports received by the
First Caucasian Army Commander reveals that some Armenian rebels active in
the region have gone to cities and settlements and established themselves at
households there. They refuse to abide by the orders of the castle
commander. The undisciplined and immoral doings of these teams have reached
such an extent that they are subjecting the civilians to violence."
Colonel Yakovlev, Jan. 29, 1915, in a National Communist Party Central
Classified/Archive/348; note the pre-"April 24" date.
Following the takeover of Van, local Turks were killed...
Russian commanders witnessed incidents of rape, robbery and murder there. Documents
pertaining to these are available at the History of War Museum.
Prof. Kallerya Bellova, Moscow State University
TELEGRAPH OF RUSSIAN GENERAL NIKOLAYEF
TO CAUCASIAN ARMY COMMANDER
"When the Armenian volunteers taking the stolen spoils, the Russian
soldiers trying to hinder them was shot by the Armenians. Moreover, the
volunteers are plundering continuously and find pleasure in any kind of
committing murder. In order (to) end these murders, a Council of War was
established in Van. In addition, to prevent these crimes, it was deemed
necessary to form the unities of discipline."
First Lieutenant Abgral, Commander of the
Russian Forces at Erzurum (while
Erzurum was still under the Russian occupation during the First World War)
testifies to the atrocities perpetrated against the defenseless
people at Erzurum by Armenians, in an official report forwarded to the
Commander of the Caucasian Army on March 3. 1918
"Massacre of Muslims By Armenians
Russian Official Document
Erzurum, March 3, 1918
To the Commander of the
On February 26, 1918, at
mid-day, a company of militia began to assemble the Turks in order to make
them clean up the railways and the roads leading to the fortification. This
order came from General Antranik. But it was carried out by the chief of the
militia of the town, named M. Farachian. The Turks complained and said that
they were being gathered together without taking into consideration the
prescribed formalities, according to which a written order should be issued by
the Commandant of the town... I at once communicated with M. Farachian who
told me that the above-mentioned had been abolished in view of the
circumstances... Thus three sections of workers were formed. One section was
sent to the gate of Kars; second, towards the gate of Oltu; third toward the
gate of Trebizond. At about three o’clock I was informed by one of my
soldiers that the Turks of Kars, referred to above, were taken behind the
fortification of Azizie. I realised the true significance of this expression,
used by soldiers, only on February 27. While leaving Erzurum, I saw on the
road of Kars more than 70 dead bodies (Turkish) riddled with bullets on the
head, the neck and the chest as well as wounds from bayonets in the region of
the heart and the abdomen. With the second section of the Turks the Armenians
dealt in the following manner:
The Turks were enclosed
in barracks, made of wood, where they were so crowded up that they could
hardly sit down. On that night, according to the testimonies of the workers on
the railway line, the Armenians began shooting the Turks one by one and at a
given moment they began firing on the barracks. The third section, according
to my informants, was shot by machine-guns at the gate of Trebizond. Now I
shall endeavour to draw a picture of February 26, the night of nightmare and
blood. The Armenians entered, several times by force, the houses of the Turks
and seized the male section from the age of 11 up to very aged, and formed
them in columns and led them with blows of whips and rifles, outside the town,
where they massacred them in the most savage manner. Once I asked them where
they were taking the Turks and if it was to make them work? "No"
replied the soldiers with an air of satisfaction "we shall probably kill
When I told them:
"It is insane, come back to reason," they replied to me: "For
the love of God, do not prevent us. We do not touch you at all and what we do
with them it is not your business."There was a great excitement in the
town; every one was running about. Cries of children and lamentations of
Turkish women were heard everywhere in the town. The Armenian soldiers were
walking about in groups in the town and were continually forcing open the
doors of Turkish houses. Finally, came the terrible night that shook the
spirit of desolation. The blood congeals at the thought of the horror of this
night. The cries increased. One should like to go to the rescue of the
unfortunate victims, but when one goes there, one receives everywhere the
impertinent answer "do not interfere" which is accompanied with
threats. I heard the cries of women. I opened the door and climbing up the
stairs I entered a room. Here I saw seven Armenian soldiers fully armed, one
of them holding a candle in his hand, some searching for what they could find
and some were massacring in a savage manner. There were three unveiled Turkish
women, down whose faces blood was trickling. Their blouses were torn showing
their breasts covered with blood. On their sides, children were there so
terrified that they appeared dead with fear. A child cried out in an
extraordinary voice opening the eyes full of tears. One of the Armenians
prevented it from crying, but the terrified child understood nothing and kept
on crying. Then the Armenian delivered a blow on the head of the child with
his rifle and the child stopped crying and fell on the floor. When the mother
saw the child in this condition she began to sob. Then he slaughtered the
child with his bayonet and landed a blow on the head of the mother and
bayoneted her. The other women seeing this began to cry with their hands over
the eyes. The children folded their arms and awaited their turn with bent
heads, but at once a dagger was aimed at my abdomen. I thought it advisable to
retire. I came out of the house. I heard a carriage coming. I at once
recognized that it was that of the commander of the militia, M. Farachian. I
begged him to enter the house; he roughly answered me thus: "when Armenia
boils one cannot think about individuals" and asked me at once why I did
not enter myself to stop these fools. I replied that I was a Russian and they
would not listen to me. M. Farachian then told me "I am surprised that at
such a moment you should find enough time to busy yourself with such silly
things." I left him and walked for a long time in the streets. I also
visited the Turkish quarters. Everywhere the same horrible picture that breaks
one’s heart was to be seen, the same cries, the same moaning of women and
children. The victims of these crimes have been so numerous that I take the
liberty of saying that only 250 Turks, who could hide themselves, have been
left alive in the whole town. The Armenians, having learned of this, began to
reclaim them from the Russian officers. They also called at my house where
they searched for them everywhere, even in the cupboards and under beds. But
they forgot to search the garret where I had hidden a Turkish family.
The following scene,
which took place in the house of the former military cashier is
characteristic. I happened to be there by chance. I found a few Armenians
there. They were seated before a lamp and were picking out some articles in
gold, rings, bracelets and other articles that they had robbed. One of them
told me that he could not take a bracelet of the wrist of a woman as she would
not open. I myself ascertained this fact. He had to cut the hand and the
fingers of the woman (he himself said this) to take the bracelet, etc. off.
The Armenians set the town on fire. They also burned non-military buildings
and the house of the American Consul, M. Stempleten. Now and then we heard
rifle reports; they completely massacred the remainder before the arrival of
the Turkish Army. All the roads leading from the gate of Kars to Hasankale
were covered with massacred Turkish bodies, despoiled of their dresses, and
the noses and ears of a great number of them had been cut off. We came close
to Hasankale and saw a group of Turkish prisoners along the railroad who were
led by An Armenian soldier, who make them run. Those who happened to be behind
were being whipped and hit on the heads. Their faces were covered with blood.
Finally, we arrived at Hasankale. Among these prisoners was a blind old man,
accompanied by a boy. The blind old man groping his way and the boy had no
more strength left to help the old man. A soldier on horseback began to beat
them. These poor persons were wiping the blood off their faces without
uttering a word. They kept quiet thus hoping to be spared the martyrdom. But
fate had it differently, as soon as they reached Hasankale, the crowd that
awaited them massacred them at once by fusillade. We proceeded on to
Keupry-Keuy. On arriving there I alighted from the train. I suddenly heard
cries from the direction of Hasankale and saw a crowd of Turks running. I
counted them afterwards and found them to be 40.
In front of them there
were two soldiers on horseback, who, from their uniform, seemed to be
officers. But I am not certain of that (their ranks). The horsemen who were in
front made their horses trot and gallop and the Turks had to imitate them.
Those who were unable to do so were beaten. Sometimes the horsemen would stop
suddenly then the human momentum caused by inertia brought the prisoners
almost up to the horsemen, the horsemen landed blows of rifle on their heads,
made them pass through a group of carts; at a given time they had to come down
a slope; a Turk fell down and this did not please one of the horsemen who went
up to him and drew his sword and delivered a blow cutting open his
(Turkish)forehead and lips. The wounded Turk attempted to rise but the
horseman shot him dead. At this time the Armenians began shooting the
prisoners and within five minutes there lay 40 warm dead bodies of the Turks
on the side of our wagon. A few Armenians not content with this went and
examined the bodies and fired a few more shots at those who showed any sign of
life. All along the railroad we saw the same thing. For example at Horasan the
Armenians opened fire on the Turks working on the railway lines. Happily only
two were killed there; Russian mechanics bandaged the wounds of the wounded
and carried them to the barracks. When we arrived at Karaurgan we learned that
all the wounded had died.
First Lieutenant ABGRAL
Military Commandant of
the town of Erzurum.
Erzurum, March 3, 1918.
This Russian official document was published in the issue of
18 March 1920, No. 22, of the Weekly Bulletin “Muslim Outlook” published
in London. The Bulletin was provided from the University of California Los
Angeles Library. (See: UCLA call No. BP/14976 Mar. 1920-Aug. 1920). Courtesy of ARCHIVE DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE ATROCITIES AND GENOCIDE
INFLICTED UPON TURKS BY ARMENIANS
LATTER-DAY ARMENIAN MASSACRE M.O.; COMPARE WITH
"When I and Khachatur entered the house, our soldiers had nailed a 13-year-old
Turkish child to the window.He was making much noise so Khachatur put mother's cut
breast into his mouth. I skinned his chest and belly. Seven minutes later the child
died. As I used to be a doctor I was humanist and didn't consider myself happy for
what I had done to a 13-year-old Turkish child. But my soul was proud for taking
1percent of vengeance of my nation. Then Khachatur cut the body into pieces and
threw it to a dog of same origin with Turks. I did the same to three Turkish
children in the evening. I did my duty as an Armenian patriot. Khachatur had sweated
much. But I saw struggle of revenge and great humanism in his and other soldiers'
eyes. The next day we went to the church to clear our souls from what done previous
day. But we were able to clear Khojali from slops of 30 thousand people."
Zori Balayan, “Revival of Our Souls,” 1996 , pages 260-262; as excerpted
by Baris Sanli, "Russian Finger Inside Capitol Hill : Armenian Lobby?"
(Ocrober 17, 2007.) His outraged comment: "A nation proud of a massacre is
joyfully dropping a note to the history!"
"I arrived in Bayburt on August
8, 1917. What I saw was terrifying. Armenians under the Russian
administration were committing horrifying, wild atrocities against Turks in
Bayburt and Ispir. The rebels named Arshak and Antranik, slaughtered the
children in the orphanage I worked at with their daggers. They raped young
girls and women. They took away 150 children with them while they were
withdrawing from Bayburt and killed most of them while they were still on
Red Cross Attendant Tatiana Karameli,
student of Russian Medicine School, serving at Russian Red Cross 1917-18,
memoirs. Ottoman Archives BOA HR. SYS. 2877/1
Ambassador Mark Bristol, recorded in his War
Diary, August 14, 1922 (U.S. 867.000/1540):
"I know from reports of my own officers who served with General Dro that
defenseless villages were bombarded and then occupied, and any inhabitants that had
not run away were brutally killed, the village pillaged, and all the livestock
confiscated, and then the village burned. This was carried out as a regular
systematic getting-rid-of the Muslims."
Armenian hero General Dro
Source: Hovannisian, Richard G.: 'Armenia on the Road
to Independence,' 1918. University of California Press
(Berkeley and Los Angeles), 1967, p. 13.
"The addition of the Kars and Batum oblasts to the
Empire increased the area of Transcaucasia to over
130,000 square miles. The estimated population of the
entire region in 1886 was 4,700,000, of whom 940,000
(20 percent) were Armenian, 1,200,000 (25 percent)
Georgian, and 2,220,000 (45 percent) Moslem. Of the
latter group, 1,140,000 were Tatars. Paradoxically,
barely one-third of Transcaucasia's Armenians lived in
the Erevan guberniia, where the Christians constituted
a majority in only three of the seven uezds."
In 1920, '0' percent Muslim.
Holdwater: Reader Conan pointed out the
Muslim percentage above works out to 47%, not 45%. The 1926 Great Soviet Encyclopedia,
the Soviets' Encyclopedia Britannica, provided the 1918 Azeri population of Erivan at
38%. This figure would not exactly go down to "Zero" percent in a couple of
years, but would come awfully close... in what a writer from a 1990 issue of The Jewish Times would call
"an appropriate analogy to the Holocaust." Here is how Dr. Gerard
Libaridian dealt with the issue, in
"In Soviet Armenia today there no longer exists a single Turkish
Sahak Melkonian, Preserving the Armenian Purity, 1920
A Turkish Source
Basar, H. K. (ed.); 'Muslim and Russian Documents on
the Genocide Committed by the Armenians Against the
"The atrocities and massacres which have been
committed for a long time against the Muslim
population within the Armenian Republic have been
confirmed with very accurate information, and the
observations made by Rawlinson, the British
representative in Erzurum, have confirmed that these
atrocities were being committed by the Armenians. The
United States delegation of General Harbord has seen
the thousands of refugees who came to take refuge with
Kazim Karabekir's soldiers, hungry and miserable,
their children and wives, their properties destroyed,
and the delegation was a witness to the cruelties.
Many Muslim villages have been destroyed by the
soldiers of Armenian troops armed with cannons and
machine guns before the eyes of Karabekir's troops and
the people. When it was hoped that this operation
would end, unfortunately since the beginning of
February the cruelties inflicted on the Muslim
population of the region of Shuraghel, Akpazar,
Zarshad, and Childir have increased. According to
documented information, 28 Muslim villages have been
destroyed in the aforementioned region, more than
60,000 people have been slaughtered, many possessions
and livestock have been seized, young Muslim women
have been taken to Kars and Gumru, thousands of women
and children who were able to flee their villages were
beaten, raped and massacred in the mountains, and this
aggression against the properties, lives, chastity and
honour of the Muslims continued. It was the
responsibility of the Armenian Government that the
cruelties and massacres be stopped in order to
alleviate the tensions of Muslim public opinion due to
the atrocities committed by the Armenians, that the
possessions taken from the Muslims be returned and
that indemnities be paid, that the properties, lives,
and honour of the Muslims be protected."
Further light on this period of
the conflict can be found in the Bristol
A case study of Armenian
inhumanity: The Destruction of
Ottoman Erzurum by Armenians
(From Hovannisian's The Republic of Armenia, Volume III, as
related by Sam Weems' "Armenia: Secrets of a 'Christian' Terrorist
State," pp. 190-192)
during World War I, perhaps as many as 350,000 Muslims in Armenia became destitute
refugees, a third of whom also became “homeless living in misery along the Ottoman
Azerbaijani foreign ministry and press frequently protested the maltreatment of the
Turkic population under Armenian domination. Aside from doing nothing to prevent
atrocities committed by Western Armenian irregulars, the Erevan government was
charged with disregarding the Muslim destitute, who were denied shelter medical
attention, and employment. Of the nearly 15,000 needy in and around the capital
city, fewer than 2,500 received even a daily bowl of soup. Furthermore, Armenian
welfare agencies knew full well that the disease-ridden Turkish Armenians settled in
barracks in the Muslim quarter of Erevan would infect and thus decimate the native
Armenians made up the story that the Ottomans committed genocide:
1, Khan Tekinskii, the Azerbaijani envoy in Erevan, claimed that 300 Muslim villages
had been destroyed since the beginning of 1918, that the only nondiscrimination
shown by Armenians was in their slaughter of men, women, and children alike, that
Muslim suffering was so intense that thousands were trying to move to Azerbaijan,
and that those who had taken arms against the Armenian bandits were simply
exercising their right to defend lives, property, and homes. In Paris, too, the
Azerbaijani delegation launched a propaganda campaign to change the image of the
Armenians as a helpless, victimized people and to point out what could be expected
in areas placed under their domination. On August 20 Topchibasheer warned the peace
conference that the ethnic and territorial character of the Caucasus was being
radically altered through a policy of terror and violence. Armenian aggression in
the provinces of Erevan and Kars. . . was aimed at eliminating the Muslim population
and suppressing the principle of self-determination. It had just been learned, for
example, that the men of six villages had been massacred and their womenfolk
distributed to the ‘Armenian Warriors.’ Azerbaijan could no longer tolerate
such atrocities acquiesce in the loss of a part of its land and people. (P180)
Armenians today speak of genocide. There was one and they committed it. Is it any
wonder American officers at the time spoke of how terrible the Armenian troops were?
these facts, as recorded by Armenian Hovannisian:
Muslim villagers attempted to defend their lands by attempting to seize the roads
and bridges spanning the Araxes River, Armenian militiamen and irregulars exacted
retribution from the most vulnerable Muslim settlements and sacked the large
villages of Djanfida and Kiarim-Arkb. News of this operation elicited bitter
recriminations from the small Social Revolutionary and Muslim factions in the
Armenian Parliament. On August 24 Arsham Khondkarian used the tactic of
parliamentary questions to ask if the interior ministry knew that a number of Tatar
villages had been pillaged and depopulated, that Armenian civilians had participated
in the action, and that such outrages created a most detrimental atmosphere. He
received no satisfactory reply.
pointed questioning was frequently cited in Azerbaijani sources as proof of Armenian
culpability. Incorporating this evidence in a formal protest on September 22,
Foreign Minister Jafarov charged that the recent pogroms had devastated some fifty
Muslim settlements. Public opinion in Azerbaijan was incensed, and the government,
revolted by the atrocities, demanded strong measures to ensure the safety of
you have it: an Armenian scholar calling his country's actions against Muslims
"atrocities." The Armenians must, if they are true believers in Christ,
right their own wrongs before calling on Turkey or anyone else to apologize . The
Armenians must apologize for their terrible acts of 1918 and 1919 against Muslims.
They must give back the lands of more than 1 million Muslims forced out of their
homes and farms in 1992.
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