BODIES IN CITY OF DEATH LIE AS TURKS LEFT THEM
No Tombstones Mark Spots Where Hundreds of Greeks and Armenians Fell in Aidin in Appalling Massacre of 1919.
The New York Herald,
29 August 1921, p.3.

    For the Associated Press.
   AIDIN, Asia Minor, Aug. 10 (Delayed).
   One of the saddest and most tragic of
all  war  memorials  in  the Near East is
the   ruined  city  of  Aidin,  sixty   miles
southeast  of  Smyrna.  It  is  literally  a
vast sepulchre  of  the  dead. Here hun-
dreds of  innocent  Greek and Armenian
women, children and priests lie in name-
less graves, victims of massacres by the
Turks in the summer of 1919.
    The  broken  columns  of  a  thousand
shattered homes are the mute witnessed
of the martyrdom  of  the  population. Al-
though two years have passed since they
were sacrificed,  no tombstone, no cross,
no wreath marks the  place  where  they
fell. Their whitening  bones form  a  part
of  the  crumbling  masonry   and  earth.
The silence  of  the  place  is  oppressive.
    The  town  presents an appalling spec-
tacle   of   desolation   and   destruction,
which   has  its  counterpart  only in  the
ruined cities  of  France.  However,  the
people  of  Aidin  were   vouchsafed  no
chance  of  escape.  They  were brutally
slain by the Turks when the Greek army
had  withdrawn.  Many  of   the  victims
were  burned to death.
    Through  the dark  and debris-strewn
alleys sombre women and girls in mourn-
ing move  like  spectres.   All  have  lost
relatives in  the  fearful massacre.  Their
faces  tell  a  story of poignant suffering
and  anguish.  Some  of  them have lost
their reason.


The New York herald. [volume], August 29, 1921, Page 3, Image 3
 

Further Reading:
The Aydin Massacre, June 1919
20 Mar 1919: Defeated Turk Orders Killing
22 Aug 1919: Turks Massacre Greek Boy Scouts, Milwaukee Journal

 

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