CERTAIN SAMARITANS
ESTHER POHL LOVEJOY
The MacMillan Company, New York 1933.

 

Esther Pohl Lovejoy was President of the Medical Women's International Association from 1919 to 1924 and provided humanitarian and medical aid to the survivors of the Greek Genocide at Smyrna (Izmir) in 1922. Lovejoy arrived at Smyrna while the city was still smouldering from the fire that had been lit on September 13, 1922 and which destroyed two thirds of the city.

In Chapter 15, Lovejoy writes:

In spite of our experience in Erivan in 1920, and at Ismid in 1921, we reckoned with the Turk. We should have known better. The deportations and massacres of the Christian population of Turkey had been going on for years. The Turks had manifestly adopted a radical plan for setting the vexed question of the Christian minorities, by getting rid of these minorities during the confusion the World War, with its aftermath of lesser wars, and oiling the troubled waters later if necessary.

David Lloyd George - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

“...tens of thousands of men, women and children have been deported, and tens of thousands have died. It was pure deliberate extermination.”

House of Commons, 4 August 1922.

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