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50th Anniversary Of Pogroms Of Non-muslim Population In Istanbul Marked 6 Sept.

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  • 50th Anniversary Of Pogroms Of Non-muslim Population In Istanbul Marked 6 Sept.

    By Hakob Chakrian

    AZG Armenian Daily #159

    Turkish Papers Highlight the Event

    With an aim to prevent future tragedies, all central Turkish newspapers
    highlighted yesterday the events of September 6 1955 when authorities
    in Istanbul organized massacres. On September 5, the eve of the
    pogroms, a bomb went off in the house where Kemal Ataturk was born in
    Thessalonica. The explosion only broke the windows of the house, and
    Greek law enforcers detained law student at Thessalonica University,
    Oktay Engin, and the guard of Turkish consulate.

    The consulate was located right by the house. The arrested student,
    Turkish agent as disclosed later, was soon released under Turkey's
    diplomatic pressure and soon fled to Turkey. He was given a position
    in Istanbul municipality and was appointed governor of Nevsehir
    after graduation.

    These facts make clear that the explosion in Thessalonica was a state
    organized provocation to open doors for pogroms of Greek, Armenian
    and Jewish minorities of Turkey.

    Turkish state radio aired the news of explosion at 1.30 pm local time.
    Istanbul-based Ekspres paper informed about the explosion at 4.30 pm
    local time September 6. Representative of "Turkish republic of Northern
    Cyprus", Kmail Onal, makes a statement on the pages of the paper,
    "Those attacking our sanctities will pay high price". 2 hours later,
    members of student unions and representatives of the "Turkish republic
    of Northern Cyprus" gather at the square of Bera in Tksim. The mob
    is armed with knives and bludgeons. The pogroms start after speeches.

    The Turkish mob robs firstly the stores of the Greeks then churches
    and homes killing residents and lynching Greek priests. Armenians
    and Jews are not spared massacres, and the anti-Greek pogroms soon
    flowed into massacre of all non-Muslims.

    Greeks of Istanbul's considerably big Greek community headed for their
    fatherland after the pogroms. Repatriation continued till 1960s. Today
    there are only 2000 Greeks in Istanbul. The number of Armenians there
    is around 50.000.

    As there are almost no Greeks in Istanbul and the Jews are not
    favorable to attack, Armenians, as a rule, suffer Turkish mob's
    aggression. A cause is always at hand: recognition of the Armenian
    Genocide in various parliaments and the Nagorno Karabakh issue.

    The point here is that no matter how reformed Turkey becomes,
    it still needs squaring off with its history. That history is
    continuous. Armenian Genocide was carried out in days of the Young
    Turks. The September 6 pogroms were carried out in modern Turkey
    founded by Kemal Ataturk and in days of Adnan Menderes' Democratic
    Party. Times are changing, self-consciousness of the Turks should
    also change.
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    Eduard Polatov: 29 Of 80 Greek Churches Were Set On Fire

    (read the article above)

    Eduard Polatov, president of Patrida NGO of Greeks of Armenia, told Arminfo agency that as a result of pogroms 50 years ago, 29 of 80 Greek Orthodox churches were set on fire and ruined, more than 4000 trading centers along with 2000 houses were completely destroyed. Polatov noted also that the pogroms of 1955 resulted in emigration of Armenians and Greeks from Turkey.


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      In Search For Islamised Armenian Orphans

      According to a BBC message published in Armenian Mirror Spectator weekly, a Turkish documentary filmmaker Berke Bas left for his birthplace of Ordu at the Black Sea to look for Armenian orphans to shoot a documentary about them. Speaking to her relatives there, she found out that her parents once adopted at least 5 Armenian children.

      No one has so far taken up the story of Armenian children spared by the Armenian Genocide and converted into Islam. Discussions of the Armenian Genocide issue incited by Turkey's furious efforts to join the European Union were apparently the cause for removing the taboo from these issues.

      "I'm sure it will be difficult. People are unwilling to respond to my initiative and ask why I dig the past", Bas confessed, noting that many Turkish families refuse that they once had Armenians in their families.

      "But we know that there were many such families to the extent that the Ottoman authorities issued a secret order to punish all those saving Armenian children by hiding them in their families", Prof. Selim Deringil of Bosphorus University of Istanbul assures.

      "Those Islamised Christians fear to speak about their past. If a Turk says that his parents were Armenians, he will be labeled "gyavur" (unfaithful) and classified as an outcast", editor of Akos newspaper Hrant Dink said during the talk with Bas.

      By Hakob Tsulikian