This is the statement of Hafız Mustafa Ağa from Aydın’s Cuma District and a member of the Council of Honor, whose seal cannot be read:
“Greek soldiers carried out the massacre of the people of our neighborhood during the battle of Aydın on 29 June 1919 as follows. They started fires in five parts of the neighborhood. They held the street corners with Greek soldiers. The fire engulfed the houses, while the people fled to the streets from the fire, the Greek soldiers at the beginning of the street fired at them, not saying the women or children who had thrown themselves on the street to save their lives from the fire. Some perished, some were injured, some survived. But some of the people who saw the rifle fire from the streets could not escape from their fears, their houses were burned inside. Our neighborhood consisted of five hundred and eighty-five houses and thirty shops. Only thirty-five households survived these…”
Here are some of the events in Bergama, from the report sent by Deputy Commander of the Fourteenth Corps, Miralay Kazım Bey, to the General Staff, namely the Ministry of Defense, on 25 August 1919:
“2- Hulusi, son of Kazcı Mehmet, who was sitting in front of Selimiye Kahvesi in Bergama on the day of the occupation, was taken to the commander of the occupation guard and was seen at the headquarters of the battalion on the third day of the occupation, with his head detached from his corpse and his eyes carved with a musket.”
“14. In Bergama, Circassian İdris Ağa’s adopted ten-year-old girl separated her body into two tulani (longitudinally) after she passed over eight or ten people.”
This is the testimony given by an 8-9 year old girl from Tire about two Greek soldiers on 13 September 1919:
“At that time, after my brother took Hüseyin out of the garden by saying, ‘We will take your brother to our commander’, one of these two soldiers came to me and the other stayed with Hüseyin. The deceased soldier grabbed me and immediately laid me on the ground and untied my pants. After he did this deed, he went out. The other soldier, his friend, came and committed the act (rape), then both of them fought off with their weapons.
This is a part of the report that Karamürsel District Governor Refik Bey sent to the Western Front Command on 14 November 1920:
“Compared to the general population of the town, he committed a massacre by shooting the people at a rate of twenty-five percent, and sent the remaining population to Derince and Gemlik. When we went to the town, it was seen that there were only a hundred people out of the ten thousand population.”
The report of Bozüyük Police Department Director Hüseyin Bey on January 30, 1921 is an important example for the traitors among us:
“one. Kel Ahmet Corporal from İnegöl and Abdurrahman from Mezit and the contractor Lofçalı Mustafa came to Bozöyük with the Greek Army.
3. Kel Ahmet Corporal gave a speech addressing the people in the cafe, “Our Sultan has signed peace, on whose account are you fighting, it’s a shame his nation…”.
7. In Teke District, seven houses were raided and women were harassed.”
The report that İsmet İnönü sent to Ankara on April 8, 1921 as the Commander of the Western Front:
“According to the information given by the Governor of Bilecik, 1618 houses were burned in Bilecik and half of the remaining 422 houses were found to be habitable. The Islamic district of Söğüt Town was also completely burned, two-thirds of Bozöyük burned. Among the people, there are those who were subjected to cruelty and evil and were martyred. Bilecik Mufti Mehmet Nuri Efendi is also included…”
The world experienced two world wars, hundreds of millions of people died, Germany and France, who fell at each other’s throat in both wars, are holy allies today. German chancellors always make their first official visit to France.
In other words, Turks and Greeks can reconcile despite thousands of events similar to the ones above.
But for that to happen, good will is required first.
Announcing Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as the suspect of the Greek genocide allegations under the name of “Asia Minor Disaster”, the site is on the air. If we are going to talk about a genocide, Athens cannot afford this claim.
US historian Justin McCarthy says that the Greek army killed 640,000 civilians during the years of occupation.
British historian Arnold J. Toynbee tells about organized massacres after the occupation of Izmir.
There are many more names, thousands of pages of documents and international reports, including the Russian Military State Archive, which will be enough to prove all that has happened. Turkey is a country that is ready for good neighborly relations despite all that has happened, and is willing to make the Aegean a sea of friendship.
Who was the Greek Prime Minister who said, “Ankara should understand that the Treaty of Lausanne will be more valid for centuries”, and who disrupted the airspace determined in Lausanne in 1931 and the sea area in 1936? Let me give you a clue: The party that armed the Aegean islands against Lausanne is actually the one that disrupted Lausanne. Of course, Turks and Greeks can reconcile, but this requires prime ministers who do not lie, and foreign ministers who do not incite hostility for their own political ambitions.