In the size of the lie, there is always contained a certain factor of credibility, since the great masses of the people will more easily fall victim to a great lie than to a small one.
SMYRNA 1922: The Destruction of a City was first published in 1971. Based on a thorough research of historical archives, it provides captivating factual documentation with vivid accounts about the destruction of the City of Smyrna , as well as the slaughter and deportation of its Christian inhabitants. Until 1922, Smyrna had been a remarkably prosperous city in Asia Minor and was rightly considered the jewel of the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
Professor M. H. Dobkin brings to light suppressed and very little known facts about the annihilation and deportation of the Christian citizens of Smyrna, whose roots there went far back thousands of years.
In September 1922, Mustapha Kemal, the revolutionary ruler of Turkey, led his troops into Smyrna (now Izmir ), which at that time was a predominantly Christian city. While a flotilla of twenty-seven Allied warships – including three American destroyers – looked on, the Turks indulged in an orgy of pillage, rape and slaughter; which the Western powers condoned – eager to protect their oil and trade interests in Turkey – through their silence and by their refusal to intervene. Turkish forces then set fire to the legendary city and totally destroyed it. A massive cover-up followed, by tacit agreement of the Western Allies, who had defeated Turkey and Germany during World War I. By 1923, Smyrna ‘s demise was all but expunged from historical memory.
After World War I and during the Greco-Turkish War 1919 to 1922, assaults against the Greeks continued as hundreds of thousands of Greeks and Christians were killed and expelled.
Nino Russo of Freeport, Long Island was the ship’s engineer on the Italian battleship Vittore Imanuele, which had sailed into Smyrna harbor just as the fires were beginning to break out at various points in the city. Russo spoke with the same intense feeling as had most of the American seamen. The heat at one point was so strong, he confirmed, that even though his large ship stood at considerable distance from the shore, it had to move back.
Muslim jihad and massacre of Christians in Smyrna. The photo shows the decapitated heads of Christian Greeks (In India Muslims beheaded so many people that while mounted on a horse you could not see over the pile). Smyrna in fire, the turks were destroying everything, and killing literally everyone, Smyrna 1924.
The Italians had come in to pick up their own nationals but they sent out twenty lifeboats and picked up anyone within range without asking who was or was not Italian. “There were so many bodies in the water you couldn’t count. Everybody, … all the big-shots, the Captain, all those people going back and forth to shore, they knew and they reported that the Turks were burning Smyrna . All the crew, we all knew it was the Turks.” None of his testimony is new, but it is noteworthy considering that Italian policy strongly and openly supported the Turks. Russo’s account also confirms the victims’ reports concerning the kindness of Italian ships and corroborated other reports of the intense heat on the waterfront at the height of the fire.
Mustapha Kemal (Ataturk) himself acknowledged the attempted extermination of Armenians conducted in 1915-16 and summarized in chapter 2 as a part of the historical background of events leading to the sack and burning of Smyrna. In an interview with Swiss journalist Emil Hildebrand published in the Los Angeles Examiner of August 1,1926, Kemal referred to political antagonists as “These left-overs from the former Young Turkey [sic] Party, who should have been made to account for the lives of millions of our Christian subjects who were ruthlessly driven en masse from their homes and massacred.” Paradoxically, while continuing to revere Kemal as founder of the Turkish Republic and their foremost national hero, successive Turkish governments, including the one currently in power, also continue to revere Talaat, the leader of the Young Turk party and architect of the Armenian genocide.
Turks hanging a Christian man upside down, beating him to death for Allah.