Certain Samaritans

certain samaritans lovejoy

Esther Pohl Lovejoy
The MacMillan Company, New York, 1927.

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Esther Pohl Lovejoy was a physician and founding director of the American Women's Hospitals Service which provided humanitarian and medical relief to the survivors of the Greek Genocide. She 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. This work includes her testimony of the events at Smyrna. 

In Chapter 15, Dr Lovejoy wrote:

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 of the World War, with its aftermath of lesser wars, and oiling the troubled waters later if necessary.


Further Reading:
Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy
Smyrna 1922: The Destruction of a City
The Great Fire | Smyrna September 1922
La Mort de Smyrne (The Death of Smyrna), René Puaux
16 Sep 1922: Turks Killed 120,000, East Oregonian
15 Sep 1922: Turks Kill Women and Babes, The Evening Star
18 Sep 1922: Smyrna Ablaze. Stories of Massacre


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