1,000,000 GREEKS ARE PUT TO DEATH BY TURCO-TEUTON FORCES IN ASIA
CHILDREN AND OLD MEN TOWED OUT TO SEA IN BARGES AND DUMPED OVERBOARD TO DROWN - TURKS' BRUTALITY ORGANISED BY HUN EFFICIENCY.
The Washington Post
1st of January, 1918
NEW YORK. DEC 31. - At least 1,000,000 Greeks, men, women and children have perished as the result of organised massacres and deportations by the 'Turco-Teutons' in Asiatic Turkey, according to a statement by Lazarus George Macrides, son of a leading merchant of Trebizond, made public through the Armenian and Syrian relief committee here today.
Macrides who recently arrived here, says he was one of a party of 2,400 Greeks which was rescued by the Russian fleet that bombarded the town of Ordou late last August and took the refugees aboard. He had been taken to Ordou, he said, when the Turks raided Trebizond and seized his father's store along with those of other Greek merchants.
"Those of us who were between the ages of 18 and 60 were drafted into the Turkish army," said Macrides.
"Our women and children and the older men were placed temporarily in homes and orphanages until the opportunity offered to dispose of them in the approved Turco-Teuton fashion, which in this instance turned out to be by wholesale drowning.
"The unfortunate survivors of deportations were towed out for several miles into the Black sea and then calmly dumped overboard just like so much garbage. None of them survived. German efficiency has simply organised the natural brutality of the Turk and made it many times more effective than ever before. I should think that at the most conservative estimate at least 1,000,000 of my fellow countrymen have perished miserably through the organised cruelty of this Turco-Teutonic alliance. The only hope of the future lies in America."