Konzes (Gr: Κοντζές/Κοντσές) was a Greek settlement in the kaza of Karamürsel in the Nicomedia (Izmit) region of Turkey. There were 220 well-to-do Greek families living there just prior to the Greek Genocide. Konzes was a striking place and during Summer it served as the holiday destination for the wealthy residents of the region. On the 18th of February 1921, Kemalist regular forces under the command of Cemal (pronounced Djemal) of Nicaea, as well as irregulars and the police entered Konzes and began the looting. Greeks were then slaughtered and their homes burnt to the ground. The Hellenic Army landed in the region on the 20th of February 1921 and as they approached Konzes, they found the land covered with corpses, men's and women's clothes, hands, feet, noses, ears and fingers. Hellenic war correspondent Kostas Faltaits arrived at Konzes in June of 1921 and witnessed the ashes from the razed town. He noticed a strong odour coming from the ruins and cinders of homes; evidence that the corpses of the unfortunate inhabitants had not yet fully decomposed.

 

See also:
- Izmit Massacres
- Nicaea Massacre

 

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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...”

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