Half Million Greeks Were Massacred In Ottoman Turkey


08:37 pm | May 19, 2010 | Social

The first wave of repression against Greeks in the Ottoman Empire
began along with the genocide of Armenians and Assyrians at the
outbreak of World War II.

Mass deportations and killings of Greeks stated in 1916. Turkish
authorities did not even conceal that the violent massacres of the
Greek population were plotted under the same scenario as was the
Armenian Genocide.

After the end of the 1919-22 Greco-Turkish War most of the Greeks
migrated or were transferred to Greece under the terms of the 1923
population exchange between Greece and Turkey.

In September, 1922, after the Turkish forces of Mustafa Kemal defeated
a Greek army that had recklessly occupied the Anatolian city of Smyrna,
members of Smyrna’s Greek, Armenian, and expatriate communities were
killed, raped, and robbed.

"Turkey has been purified from traitors and alien and will hence
belong to Turks," said Kemal.

According to various sources, about 500 000 Greeks were assassinated
during this period. Some of the survivors and expelled, especially
those in Eastern provinces, took refuge in the neighbouring Russian

Recall, that on March 11, 2010 the Swedish Parliament passed a
resolution recognizing Armenian, Greek and Assyrian massacres by
the Ottoman Turkey thus becoming the first country to recognize the
genocide of Pontiac Greeks.