GREEK REFUGEES TELL OF OUTRAGES

Beaver County News, May 14, 1919.

Saloniki, - High upon the hills of the bustling Macedonian city is a picturesque settlement where 3,000 Greek refugees, driven from Asia Minor by the massacre of 1914, make their homes. Hundreds of other Greeks who were interned by the Bulgarians in Dobrudja during the war have joined them recently. The houses in this refugee camp were constructed by the Greek Government. A space equivalent to a large New York furnished room is allotted to a family of from five to eight.

Tell Bitter Experience.

The older residents of this refugee ‘suburb’ of Saloniki, most of whom had fled from different parts of Asia Minor during the wholesale massacres there in 1914, have bitter experiences to relate about their treatment by the Turks. Some of these people lived in the city of Phocis, where the whole Christian population either had been driven out or were killed by the Turks. The women wept as they told about the outrages of the Moslems. The worst story was that told by an intelligent peasant woman, who declared that in a butcher shop opposite her home in Phocis she saw the Turks take a young girl who was considered the most attractive in town and cut her body into pieces. They hung the pieces on meat hooks and offered them for public sale, she said, to show the Turks’ contempt for Greek Christians.

What most impresses the eye of the visitor to speaking with these unfortunate people is their sad, wan and furrowed faces. They have been driven about by the invading foe until they have reached the point almost of despair and distraction.

 

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) - British Statesman

“... Mustapha Kemal's Army ... celebrated their triumph by the burning of Smyrna to ashes and by a vast massacre of its Christian population...”

Churchill W, The Aftermath, New York, Charles Scribner's and Sons, 1929, p444

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