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 Wellington House, Britain's war propaganda division, was keenly aware of the negative impact that ally Russia's persecution of Jews could have in the United States. (The Entente Powers were hoping to get the USA into the war.) What better way to keep the heat off Russia than by coming up with a greater monster? The ill-reputed Turks were tailor-made for the role.

The British had cleverly cut the German cable to the USA, and illegally (but with the tacit approval of the U. S. government) operated a Wellington House division on U.S. soil. The British controlled the level of news entering the United States so expertly, reports of Jewish persecution filtered in only sporadically. Note the date of the following news item, as late as October, 1915.



The Duluth News Tribune — October 28, 1915.

Persecution In Russia

The facts regarding the persecution of the Jews in Russian Poland are only gradually reaching this country, says the Kansas City Star. They show that the government has taken advantage of the anti-Semitic feeling to oppress an important part of the population. Apparently the necessity was felt of shifting the blame for the Russian retreat. The Jewish residents were accused of helping the invading Germans. As a result large numbers were expelled from their homes and subjected to mob violence.

In a dignified and moderate speech in the duma the Jewish deputy, Mr. Freedman, recently recounted the sufferings of this people. He insisted that thorough investigation had proved the stories circulated of help to the enemy to be without foundation. Case after case he cited of whole communities reduced to poverty. His estimate was that a half million Jews had been beggared by the persecutions.

World public opinion has been brought to bear on Turkey for its slaughter of the Armenians. If the reports from Russia are verified — and the facts seem well established — the czar's government cannot escape moral condemnation for its wholesale persecutions in Poland.

Holdwater: As it served no political purpose for the Allies, Russia easily escaped moral condemnation.

 Cartoon of stricken Jews, Feb. 1915
Chapin in Pittsburgh Dispatch; reproduced in The
Frederick Post, Frederick, Maryland, Feb. 23, 1915.
The standing woman must be representing the USA
(resembling feminine depictions of "Europa" in
political cartoons), as her basket reads, "Nation Wide
Aid." The dress of the one below reads: "The Stricken
Jews of Europe." The Jews would soon be mostly
forgotten in a few months; where pro-Armenians are
concerned, there can only be room for one victim.

 Another intent of British propaganda was to counter the image of Russia, especially in the United States. Britain wanted the United States to take its side in the war, or at least to remain a friendly neutral. In the United States, Russia had a very bad image, a well-deserved bad image, because it had been involved in the persecution of the Jews for some time, specifically in 1915. Then Russian soldiers had massacred large numbers of Jews during Russian campaigns against the Germans. Because of that and because reports of these atrocities reports had come back to the United States, Russia, one of Britain's allies, had become a very negative factor in trying to draw America into the war. It was feared that the Jewish influence in America was so great that the Russian actions would harm Britain.Prof. Justin McCarthy

Morgenthau the Hypocrite!

 From the Dallas News, July 29, 1919:


Paris, Sunday July 27. —  (Havas Agency.) —  Henry Morgenthau, former American Ambassador to Turkey, appointed by President Wilson as head of the American commission to investigate reported pogroms in Poland, told newspaper men here today that the short visit which he made to Poland had convinced him that the reports of pogroms were tremendously exaggerated.

Mr. Morgenthau added his view that the Polish Jews sometimes overlooked the fact that equal rights involved equal duties. If the Polish Jews wished sincerely to collaborate with the State, he declared, they must follow the example of their American coreligionists, who consider themselves, above all things, patriotic Americans.

The above is an incredible report, on several levels.

1) How was Morgenthau to know the extent of the cruelties the Russians performed upon Polish and Lithuanian Jews from a "short visit," years after the fact?

Morgenthau's horrid "Story" book had already been out for more than half a year, and he had a vested interest in showing the Turks to be as bestial as possible; he was, or was soon to be, the National Vice-Chairman of Near East Relief, very attached to the Armenian Cause by this time. It certainly would not do to have the Russians compete with the Turks in the role of "monster." It was Morgenthau's duty to downplay the Russians' role, even if it meant giving short shrift to fellow Jews.

2) If Polish Jews were so terribly treated by the Russians in 1915, how could Morgenthau have expected the Jews to consider themselves as "patriotic"?

(A caveat: It is not clear whether these pogroms were related to the massacres from a few years back, or if they were brand new ones... in which case the persecutors could possibly have been the Poles themselves. If the Poles were the guilty party here, then the question needs to be asked who fired the first shot. It is doubtful that it would have been the Jews.)

But here is the greatest outrage:

3) If Morgenthau was wagging his finger at the Polish Jews for neglecting their allegiance to the State, then why did he not require the same from the treacherous Ottoman-Armenians?

ADDENDUM, Dec. 2006: Thanks to Erju Ackman, further insight on this episode may be found below. The Russians are off the hook, with this one.

From "Vilna," by Israel Cohen, Jewish Publication Society; the following excerpts are from pages 377-382, "5. The Polish Liberation":

"The arrival of the new 'liberators' opened a fresh chapter of Jewish agony. The Bolsheviks, before retreating, made their last stand from the old Jewish cemetery at Shnipishok. This circumstance, together with the fact that some Jews had sided with them, although many Poles had likewise done so, sufficed to make the Polish legionaries see a Bolshevik in every Jew. After a couple of days' fighting the Bolsheviks were driven to flight, whereupon the legionaries defiled and desecrated the cemetery, smashed the tombstones, and opened up the graves (including some of Vilna's earliest rabbis) in the belief that they would find in them arms and money. Disappointed in their search, the Poles transferred their attention from the dead to the living and ran amuck in the Jewish quarter. For three days they seized Jews in the streets, dragged them out of their homes, bludgeoned them savagely, and looted their houses and shops. About eighty Jews were shot, mostly in the district of Lipuvka, where some were ordered to dig their own graves; others were buried alive, and others were drowned, with their hands tied, in the Vilia. On April 21 [1919] a detachment of soldiers fired at a house from which they said, Jews had been shooting through a window. They drove out all the occupants, who included the writers A. Weiter, Lieb Jaffe, and Samuel Niger. Weiter was shot on the spot; the two others were seized and imprisoned for several days. [The author goes on in this vein for several long paragraphs].


"On July 19, there arrived an Inquiry Commission sent by President Wilson, and headed by Mr. Henry Morgenthau, a former American ambassador to Turkey. The purpose of the commission was to ascertain the facts about the atrocities and to find a means of bringing about the conciliation of the Poles with the Jews. It proved a failure, for, although it heard a few hundred witnesses and took 1500 'protocols' of cases of looting, assault, and murder, its report, which was published in January, 1920, utterly failed to give an adequate account of the extent and character of the disorders or to express unqualified condemnation of those responsible."

(An explanatory note from page 512: "The Mission consisted of Mr. Henry Morgenthau, Brigadier General Edgar Jadwin, and Mr. Homer Johnson. It had been appointed by the 'American Commission to Negotiate Peace, " which sat in Paris in 1919....
The Mission was in Poland for two months from July 13 to September 13, 1919. Its report which was published in full in the *New York Times* of January 19, 1920, provoked a controversy which raged on both sides of the Atlantic for several months. Of the four closely-printed columns of small type, only a paragraph was devoted to Vilna, confined solely to the incidents of April 19-21.)




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...Is to expose the mythological “Armenian genocide,” from the years 1915-16. A wartime tragedy involving the losses of so many has been turned into a politicized story of “exclusive victimhood,” and because of the prevailing prejudice against Turks, along with Turkish indifference, those in the world, particularly in the West, have been quick to accept these terribly defamatory claims involving the worst crime against humanity. Few stop to investigate below the surface that those regarded as the innocent victims, the Armenians, while seeking to establish an independent state, have been the ones to commit systematic ethnic cleansing against those who did not fit into their racial/religious ideal: Muslims, Jews, and even fellow Armenians who had converted to Islam. Criminals as Dro, Antranik, Keri, Armen Garo and Soghoman Tehlirian (the assassin of Talat Pasha, one of the three Young Turk leaders, along with Enver and Jemal) contributed toward the deaths (via massacres, atrocities, and forced deportation) of countless innocents, numbering over half a million. What determines genocide is not the number of casualties or the cruelty of the persecutions, but the intent to destroy a group, the members of which are guilty of nothing beyond being members of that group. The Armenians suffered their fate of resettlement not for their ethnicity, having co-existed and prospered in the Ottoman Empire for centuries, but because they rebelled against their dying Ottoman nation during WWI (World War I); a rebellion that even their leaders of the period, such as Boghos Nubar and Hovhannes Katchaznouni, have admitted. Yet the hypocritical world rarely bothers to look beneath the surface, not only because of anti-Turkish prejudice, but because of Armenian wealth and intimidation tactics. As a result, these libelous lies, sometimes belonging in the category of “genocide studies,” have become part of the school curricula of many regions. Armenian scholars such as Vahakn Dadrian, Peter Balakian, Richard Hovannisian, Dennis Papazian and Levon Marashlian have been known to dishonestly present only one side of their story, as long as their genocide becomes affirmed. They have enlisted the help of "genocide scholars," such as Roger Smith, Robert Melson, Samantha Power, and Israel Charny… and particularly  those of Turkish extraction, such as Taner Akcam and Fatma Muge Gocek, who justify their alliance with those who actively work to harm the interests of their native country, with the claim that such efforts will help make Turkey more" democratic." On the other side of this coin are genuine scholars who consider all the relevant data, as true scholars have a duty to do, such as Justin McCarthy, Bernard Lewis, Heath Lowry, Erich Feigl and Guenter Lewy. The unscrupulous genocide industry, not having the facts on its side, makes a practice of attacking the messenger instead of the message, vilifying these professors as “deniers” and "agents of the Turkish government." The truth means so little to the pro-genocide believers, some even resort to the forgeries of the Naim-Andonian telegrams or sources  based on false evidence, as Franz Werfel’s The Forty Days of Musa Dagh. Naturally, there is no end to the hearsay "evidence" of the prejudiced pro-Christian people from the period, including missionaries and Near East Relief representatives, Arnold Toynbee, Lord Bryce, Lloyd George, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and so many others. When the rare Westerner opted to look at the issues objectively, such as Admirals Mark Bristol and Colby Chester, they were quick to be branded as “Turcophiles” by the propagandists. The sad thing is, even those who don’t consider themselves as bigots are quick to accept the deceptive claims of Armenian propaganda, because deep down people feel the Turks are natural killers and during times when Turks were victims, they do not rate as equal and deserving human beings. This is the main reason why the myth of this genocide has become the common wisdom.