Nikos Deja Vu - Η Γενοκτονία των Ποντίων - The Pontian Greek Genocide (1916-1923) Ιστορικό Ντοκυμαντέρ στην Ελληνική Γλώσσα
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About The Pontian Genocide (1916-1923) :
1915 - 1922. Neoturks, under their German advisors decided a slow extermination of the annoying Greeks. It had to be quietly, not like the Armenians. So they gathered the men and forced them to march in the interior of Turkey, without food and clothes. Many of them died. The rest were concentrated in camps and were forced to work 18 hours the day (amele tampourou=work camps). This was a slow death. 335000 Pontians died this way and another 500000 Greeks of Minor Asia. Pontian cities like Trebizous, Sampsous, Kerasous, Sinopi, Amaseia, Argyroupolis, Rizoupolis, Amissos, Athena, Neokesarea had now only turkish populations. Many Pontians managed to escape and find refuge in Russia. They settled in central Russia, Crimea, in the region of Georgia, Armenia, where they founded new Greek cities, cultural centers. The rest survivors were transfered to Greece, after the signing of the treaty of Lozanne in 1923. So ended the History of Greek Pontians after 3000 years. This time of year is called «the Catastrophe of Asia Minor» in Greek history.
"The anti-Greek and anti-Armenian persecutions are two phases of one programme - the extermination of the Christian element from Turkey."
Father J. Lepsius, German clergyman, July 31, 1915.
"...the entire Greek population of Sinope and the coastal region of the county of Kastanome has been exiled. Exile and extermination in Turkish are the same, for whoever is not murdered, will die from hunger or illness."
Herr Kuchhoff, German consul in Amissos in a despatch to Berlin, July 16, 1916.
"On 26 November, Rafet Bey told me: We must finish off the Greeks as we did with the Armenians...On 28 November, Rafet Bey told me: Today, I sent squads to the interior to kill every Greek on sight. I fear for the elimination of the entire Greek population and a repeat of what occurred last year."
Herr Kwiatkowski, Austro-Hungarian consul in Amissos to Baron von Burian, Foreign Minister of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, November 30, 1916
"The time is near for Turkey to be finished with the Greeks as we were with the Armenians in 1915."
Talaat Bey as quoted by an Austro-Hungarian agent, January 31, 1917
They felt that the mistake had been a terrible one, but that something might be saved from the ruin. They would destroy all Greeks, Syrians, Armenians, and other Christians, move Moslem families into their homes and into their farms, and so make sure that these territories would not similarly be taken away from Turkey.
Henry Morgenthau, American Ambassador....
I SHALL NOT FORGET...
Nikos Deja Vu