Tall Armenian Tale


The Other Side of the Falsified Genocide


  A Timeline of Turkish-Armenian Relations  
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 I have no idea who wrote what's below, and I can't verify every line. But I'm putting it in, mainly for my own reference, and hopefully add to it as time goes by. Readers have been asking for a timeline, and this page will attempt to address that question... although there is much room for improvement.

ADDENDUM March 2007 : Another chronology has been appended at the end, covering a shorter time span, 1917-1920.



1022 — Basileios II annexed Armenian territories in the Byzantine
Empire and 40,000 Armenians were deported to Anatolia

1046 —  Byzantine Emperor Constantine IX NAMI

1054 — Seljuk Sultan Tugrul Bey gave the Armenians autonomy

1098 — The Armenians collaborated with the Crusaders against the Turks.


1461 — Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror invited the Armenian Bishop Hovakim to Istanbul honoring him with the title of 'Patriarch.’ Other  privileges were granted to the Armenians.

1790 — The first official Armenian school was opened by two Armenians, Amira Miricanyan and Shnork Migirdic, in Istanbul's Kumkapi.


 1823 — The Bezciyan School was founded by an Armenian named Artin Bezciyan, In Istanbul, Kumkapi.

1824 —
The Armenian Grammar School in Kumkapi was founded(?)

1853 (October, 22) —  The Armenian Commission of Education was founded.

1876 — The Ottoman Assembly accepted the first Armenian deputies.

1877 —  (December, 7) The Armenian National Council decided on forcing their people to join the Army and fight.(?)

1878 (April, 13) — The Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul, Nerses sent
a note to British Secretary of Foreign Affairs saying that they would not live together with the Turks any longer.

(July, 13) — The Treaty of Berlin was signed. Article 61 about the Ottoman Armenians was added to the treaty.

(August, 3) — The British Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Lord
Salisbury, sent instructions to the British Ambassador Layard and
informed him that the Ottoman Government should begin making reforms in Eastern Anatolia.

1890 (June, 20) — Revolt of Erzurum

(July) — Kumkapi Demonstration

1892 — Merzifon and Kayseri revolts

1893 — Yozgat Revolts

1895 (September, 30) — Sublime Porte (Government’s Gate) Event in Istanbul

(October, 30) — Armenian Uprising in Istanbul

(November) — Armenian attempt a revolt in Maras.

1896 (June, 1) — First Van revolt

(August 24) — Raid of the Ottoman Bank


1902  — Armenian philologist H. Acaryan published a book called "The Effects of Turkish Language on Armenian Language and the Turkish words in Armenian“

1904  — Second Sasson Revolt

1905 (July)  — Assassination attempt against Sultan Abdulhamid II in Yildiz Mosque.

Armenian newspaper "Jamanak“ began to be published.

1908  — Second National Council opened and some of the Armenian Committee Members were elected deputies.

1909 (April 14) —  Armenian revolt in Adana.

(April 15)  — Second Van revolt


1915 (April 24)   — Armenian Committees working against the Ottoman Government were closed. The 235 members of those committees were arrested.

(May 3)   —   Armenian massacres in Van.

(May 27)   — The Law of Relocation was passed.

(Feb. 1)   — Armenian secret society member Arshak committed
massacres in Bayburt.

1918 (April 25)   — Armenian militants killed 750 Muslims in Subatan Village of Kars

1919 (November 20)   — Boghos Nubar Pasha and Sherif Pasha signed Armenian-Kurd independence document.




1920 (January 12)   — An Armenian unit tortured Muslims in the
Arapdar Village of Antep City.

(December 2)   — Treaty of Gumru/Alexandropol was signed.

1921 (March 15)   — An Armenian terrorist assassinated Talat Pasha in Berlin.

(March 16)   — The Moscow Treaty was signed.

(March 18)  — Misak Toriakyan killed the Minister of Internal
Affairs of Azerbaijan, Cevanshir Han, in Istanbul.

(October 13)   — Kars Agreement was signed.

(December 6)   — Armenians killed Sait Halim Pasha in Rome.

1922 (July 22)   — Cemal Pasha was killed by Armenians in Tbilisi.

1923   — Armenian Munib Boya entered the Turkish National Assembly as a deputy.

(June 24)   — The Lausanne Treaty was signed.



1934   — Franz Werfel published his novel "Forty Days in Musa Dagh“ in the USA.

1935 (December 15)   — in Pangalti church an Armenian group burned Werfel’s novel „Forty Days in Musa Mountain“ declaring that book "utterly maliciously false statements about the Turkish Nation.“


1943   — Armenian Berc Türker Keresteci entered the Turkish National Assembly as a Deputy from Afyonkarahisar.

1957   — Migirdich Shellefyan was elected as a deputy from Istanbul in the 27 October Elections.



1964   — The Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kypriano applied "the Armenian issue“ to the UN Security Council.

1965 (April 24)
  — Armenians had organized a demonstration against Turkey in San . Paulo, Brazil.

1969 (April 24)
  — Armenians made a demonstration in front of the Turkish Embassy in London.



1973 (January 27)   — Armenian terrorist, Migirdic Yanikyan killed Mehmet Baydar, Turkish Consul General for Los Angeles, and his assistant Bahadir Demir.

(January 20)   — ASALA was founded.

1975 (October 22)   — The Turkish Ambassador in Vienna, Danis Tunaligil was killed by Armenian terrorists.

(October 24)   — The Turkish Ambassador in Paris, Ismail Erez and police officer Talip Yener were killed by Armenian terrorists.

(February 16)   — The First Secretary of Turkish Embassy in Beirut, Oktay Cerit was killed by the Armenian terrorists.

1976 (May 28)   — The Turkish diplomatic bureau in Zurich was bombed. An Armenian called Noubar Soufoyan was arrested and condemned to 15 years in prison.

(May 29)   — Istanbul's Yesilkoy Airport and Sirkeci Station were
bombed. Four people died and 31 people were injured. The attacks were undertaken by the "Extreme Armenian Movement Groups.“

(June 9)
  — The Turkish Ambassador to the Vatican, Taha Carim, was killed by Armenians.

  — The Turkish Embassy in Brussels was bombed. The attack was undertaken by the "Armenian New Resistance Organization.“

1978 (June 2)
  — in Madrid, the Turkish Ambassador Zeki Kunaralp’s wife Necia Kunaralp and the ex Ambassador Besir Balcioglu were killed by Armenians.

(July 8)
  — In Paris, the Turkish Diplomatic Bureau and the Tourism Bureau were bombed. The attacks were undertaken by the "Armenian Genocide Justice Committee.“

(August 6)
  — The Turkish General Consulate in Geneva was bombed  by the "Armenian Resistance Organization.“

(December 17)
  — The Geneva Bureau of Turkish Airlines was bombed by ASALA

(April 15)
  — The Greek government approved the erection of "The Monument of Armenian Revenge" in Nea Simirna Square in Athens.

1979 (August 22)
  — Assistant Consul Niyazi Adali in Geneva was assassinated by ASALA, in an attack where three other people were killed.

(August 27)
  — The Turkish Airlines Bureau in Frankfurt was bombed by ASALA.

(October 4)
  — The Turkish Airlines Bureau in Copenhagen was bombed by ASALA.

(December 22)
  — The Tourism Conselor of Paris Embassy Yilmaz Copan was killed by Armenians.


1980 (January 10)  — The Turkish Airlines Bureau in Tehran was bombed by ASALA.

(February 6)   — Ambassador Dogan Turkmen was injured in an armed attack in Bern.

(March 10)  — Armenian terrorists bombed the Turkish Airlines
Bureau in Rome.  Two Italians died; 14 Italians were injured.

(April 8)   — During a meeting in Sayda, ASALA declared the
Kurds as their blood brothers by recognizing resemblances between the two communities.

(April 17)   — The Turkish Ambassador in the Vatican, Vecdi Turel, was attacked by thermenians, and his bodyguard, Tahsin Guvenc, was injured.

(April 19)   — ASALA attacked the Turkish Consulate in Marseille.

(June 31)   — The Turkish Administrative Attache Galip Ozmen and his daughter Neslihan Ozmen were killed by Armenian terrorists.

(August 5)   — The Turkish Consulate in Lyon was stormed by the Armenian terrorists and Kadir Atilgan, Ramazan Sefer, Kavas Bozdag and Huseyin Toprak were killed.

(September 26)   — The Turkish Press Attache in Paris Selcuk Bakkalbasi was attacked by Armenians and he was badly injured.

(November 10)   — ASALA attacked the Turkish Consulate in Strasbourg.

(December 17)  —  The Turkish Ambassador in Sydney, Sarik Arkyan, and his bodyguard, Engin Saver, were killed.

1981 (January 13)   — Armenian terrorists had put a bomb into the car of Ahmet Erbeyli, Counselor of Finance, Paris Embassy. He survived.

(March 4)   — The Administrative counselor of the Turkish Embassy in Paris, Resat Morali, and Imam Tecelli Ari were killed by the Armenians.

(April 3)   — The Armenians shot Cavit Demir, the administrative counselor of the Turkish Embassy in Copenhagen; he survived with injuries.

(June 9)   — The Secretary of the Turkish Embassy in Geneva, Mehmet S. Yerguz, was killed by ASALA.

(September 24)   — The Armenian terrorists stormed the General Consulate in Geneva; and killed police officer Cemal Ozen.

(October3)   — The Second Secretary of Turkish Embassy in Rome was attacked by Armenian terrorists; he was badly injured.

(November 23)
  — The "Armenian Students Union in Europe“ and "Kurdish Students Association in Europe“ made a joint declaration in London.

1982 (January 28)
  — The Turkish General Consulate in Los Angeles, Kemal Arikan was killed by two Armenians: Harry Sasunyan and Kirkor Saliba.

(April 8)
  — Commerce Counselor in Ottawa Embassy Kemalttin Kani Gungor was injured by an armed attack.

(May 5)
  — The Turkish honorary Consul for the USA's Boston Region, Okan Gunduz, was killed by Armenians.

(June 7)
  — Erkut Akbay, the administrative attache in the Lisbon Embassy was killed. On the same day, Atilla Altikat, the military attache in Ottawa, along with Bora Süelkan, the administrative attache to Bulgaria,  and the charge d’affaires of the Lisbon Embassy,  Yurtsev Mihcioglu (and his wife, Cahide Mihcioglu) were attacked. The Turkish Ambassador in Canada, Coskun kirca was attacked as well.

(August 7)
  — Three Armenian terrorists bombed the Ankara Esenboga Airport. Three police officers and nine civilians died. Seventy-eight people were injured. A terrorist called Levon Ekmekciyan was arrested.

(August 10)
  — An Armenian named Artin Penik fatally set himself on fire, to protest the Esenboga Airport incident.

1983 (January 29)
  — Levon Ekmekciyan was found guilty of the 1982 Esenboga Airport incident and was executed in Ankara.

Harut Levonyan and Rafi Elbekyan attacked theTurkish Ambassador in Yugoslavia and a passerby from Belgrade was killed.

(June 15)
  — ASALA terrorists attacked the Turkish Airlines
office in Paris Orly Airport. The attack resulted in the death of four
Frenchmen, two Turks, an American and a Swedish person. In the incident sixty people were injured.

(June 27)
  — Five Armenian terrorists who raided the Turkish Embassy in Lisbon were killed.

1985 (January 21)
  — Armenians attacked Hacilar City. Three Soviet soldiers and two Azeris were killed. The terrorists killed an Azeri journalist, Svatin Askerova

(March 12)
  — The Turkish Embassy in Ottawa was raided by three Armenian terrorists. One of the Canadian civil guards was shot dead. Ambassador Coskun Kirca survived with injuries.



1991 (April 13)  —  in Karabagh, Armenians and Azeris fought. The Armenians bombarded Azeri villages.

(April 23)   — The Armenians bombarded Azeri villages in the Susa
region. Three Azeris were killed, three houses were destroyed, and three houses were Demolished.

(April 26)  —  Four Azeri civil guards were killed. The attack was undertaken by "Karabakh Warriors.“

(September 23)  —  Armenia declared its independence.

(December 26)   — The Soviet Union was dissolved. Armenia gained its legal independence.

1996   — Levon Petrosyan was elected as the President of Armenia for the second time.

(March 20)   — One of the leaders of the Dashnaks, Robert Kocaryan, became the prime minister of Armenia.

1997  (December 20) —  The Armenians celebrated the 160th year of Surp Agapyan Hospital together with New Year’s fest.

The President of Turkey, Suleyman Demirel, received Ara Kocunyan, the editor of "Jamanak" newspaper on the 90th anniversary of the newspaper, in his residence.

(February)   — The President of Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrosyon resigned, allowing a clear path for Robert Kocaryan to assume the presidency. The extreme nationalists protested against Petrosyan’s peaceful approaches in Karabagh.

(February)   — Elcibey, the leader of Azerbeyjan's People’s Front, evaluated the resignation of Petrosyan, and said Kocaryan revolted against Azerbeijan with Russian assistance in Karabagh.

1998 (March 30) Kocaryan was elected the President of Armenia.

(July)   — Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the PKK terrorist orgnization, demanded a special village from Armenia for the use of his organization.

(October 14)   — Mesrob Mutafyan became the 84th Patriarch of the Turkish Armenians.


A Chronology Covering 1917-1920

1917 Nov 7, Bolsheviks came to power in Russia.

1917 Nov 26, Bolsheviks published the secret agreements including division of Turkish land. Also, Russians asked for peace settlement with Turkey.

1917 Dec 4, Ottoman Russian agreements started in Erzurum.

1917 Dec 15, cease fire was signed with Russia in Brest Litovsk.

1918 Jan 30, restarted agreement discussions in Brest Litovsk.

1918 Feb 12, Armenians took over the Russian weapons and started attacking Turks.

1918 Feb 13, Turkish Army conquered Erzincan from the Armenians

1918 Feb 24, Trabzon was taken back from the Armenians

1918 March 3, Brest Litovsk agreement was signed. Russians agreed to vacate Kars, Ardahan, Batum, and return all of Eastern Anatolia to Turkey in 6 weeks. Pre war 1877-1878 borders were accepted.

1918 March 13, Turkish Army entered Erzurum.

1918 April 5, Turkish Army entered Sarikamis.

1918 April 7, Turkish Army entered Van.

1918 April 10 Caucasus Government accepted the Brest Litovsk agreement.

1918 Nov 14, Turkish Army entered Batum.

1918 April 25, Turkish Army entered Kars.

1918 April 30, Turks took back the three sanjacks (Kars, Arahan, Batum) they had lost to Russia with the 1878 Berlin Treaty.

1918 May 11, Batum Conference started

1918 May 15, Gumru (Alexandropol) was taken back by Yakup Sevki Pasha.

1919 May 25, Nuri Pasha (Killigil) forces entered Gence.

1918 May 28, Armenians lost big time in Karakilise. Armenia and Azerbaijan declared independence.

1918 June 4, Batum Conference, which had started on May 11 concluded with agreements between Armenia, Georgia, and Ottoman.

1918 July 3, Sultan Reshad died

1919 July 4, Mehmet Vahidettin ascended to the throne.

1918 July 17, Brest-Litovsk written agreement letters were exchanged.

1918 September 6, Armenian Delegation members Aharunian and Hadisian were accepted by the Ottoman Sultan Vahidettin.

1918 Sept 9, Aharunian sent a telegram to Kachaznouni, the Prime Minister of Armenia on Sep 9 saying; `We congratulated Sultan Vahidettin for his enthronement. We offered our good wishes for the prosperity of the Empire, and said that the Armenian Nation will never forget that the Ottoman Government was the first to recognize the new Armenian Republic and the Armenian Government will strive to better relations between our two countries. His Majesty thanked us, mentioned his happiness to see free independent Armenia and wishes for its strength… completed the meeting with his best wishes for our country.'

1918 October 8, Turkish Army took Sosa in Karabag.

1918 October 30, According to Mondros Treaty signed, Turkish Army was to go back to borders before 914. Kars, Ardahan, Batum sanjacs were to be vacated by the Turkish Army. The Allies would decide on the future of the Six Vilayets.

1918 Nov 16, Turkish Army vacated Baku.

1918 Nov 17, British took over Baku.

1918 Nov 18, Turkish Army vacated Tebriz.

1918 Nov 23, The newspaper Tasvir i Efkar published the population breakdown of Istanbul as; 603,919 Muslim, 218,416 Greek, 88,109 Armenian, 55,333 Jewish.

1918 Nov 30, Yakup Sevket Pasha Telegram mentions poor treatment of the Turkish Army by the British in Batum. He also mentions that the British are taking the Turkish Army weapons and distributing them to the Armenians. Boghos Nubar Pasha applied to the Allies asking for an independent Armenian State.

1918 Dec 1, The British war ships arrived in Batum.

1918 Dec 6, Armenians took back Sosha in Karabag.

1918 Dec 11, Boghos Nubar Pasha wrote to the French Foreign minister; `6-700,000 Armenians were relocated in 1915. Currently, 390,000 of these live in Musul, Suriye, Palestine, Iran and Caucasia. There are some more distributed elsewhere, but their numbers are not known for sure.'

1918 Dec 12, Clashes happened in Belen between Turks and Armenians who came back.

1918 Dec 14, Courts were convened to pass some guilty verdict to please the Armeniansand the invading `Allies'.

1918 Dec 17, Brits and French invaded South Eastern Anatolia. Armenian minority of Cilicia started atrocities towards the Muslim population (in Antep among them).

1918 Dec 21, Armenian volunteers in the French Army took over military buildings in Adana, shouted `Kahrolsun Turkler = damn the Turks' and tore Turkish Flag. The French would leave Adana on Dec 20 1921 and the Turkish Army would take it back on Jan 5, 1922.

1919 Feb 6, Sabah Newspaper; '75,749 Armenians came back to Turkey with the government's assistance.'

1919 Feb 12, Armenian Delegation Aharonian and Boghos Nubar Pasha presented to the Paris Peace Conference; `Independent Armenia in 7 vilayats plus Cilikia, under the USA mandate' Their eyes were bigger than their stomach!...

1919 Feb 19, The French invading forces decided to dismantle the Armenian legion. The French military court condemned one of the Armenian legionnaires to 15 years, two of them to 10 years and another two to 8 years imprisonment for misconduct. By the end of this year 120,000 Armenians were to return to Cilicia.

1919 Feb 20, Marash was invaded by the British. Many deported Armenians returned to Marash. Later the Brits passed Marash to the French. Turks took over in Feb 12, 1920.

1919 Feb 26, Armenian delegates to the Paris Peace Conference Aharonian and Boghos nubar Pasha declared the cities they want and Us mandate for 20 years.

1919 March 1, Pontus Delegation Oeconomos wrote in the French Le Temps Newspaper that Trabzon cannot be given to the Armenians, because they are the minority there. The Greeks and Armenians argue over how to split Ottoman land.

1919 March 24, The Brits invaded Urfa with Armenians.

1919 April 19, Armenians entered Kars

1919 April 30, Georgians entered Ardahan

1919 May 15, Greek Army entered Izmir

1919 July 7, Mustafa Kemal Pasha resigned from the Ottoman Army, to free Turkey from the invaders and the Sultan himself.

1919 July 8, Admiral Bistol, High Commissioner of US in Istanbul, informed his government that mandate of Armenia would be too costly.

1919 Sep 7, General Harbord arrived in Istanbul to investigate a US mandate for Armenia.

1919 Sep 21, Common folk, fought to get back Igdir, but upon the Armenian's attack, they withdrew.

1919 Oct 30, The French invaded Marash with the Armenians.

1919 Oct 31, One Armenian soldier tore the black chadur of a Muslim woman as she was leaving the Turkish Bath. An imam (who was selling milk at the time, referred to as SUTCU IMAM) shot him down. This started a people's revolt against the Armenians in Maras.

1920 Jan 23, Armenians burned down the city of Marash.

1920, March 3, Armenians started atrocities in Kozan

1920 March 12, Lord Curzon in the House of Commons; `You are mistaken to think the Armenians are innocent as a 7 year old girl. However, their latest actions have proven how savage they can be.

1920 March 16, Istanbul was invaded by the `Allies'.

1920 March 20, Armenians burned down 28 villages, near Chaldir and killed 2,000 Muslims.

1920 April 3, US Senate refused a mandate for Armenia upon discussing Gen Harbord's 13 volume report on the situation in Turkey.

1920 April 6, Armenians plundered Kagizman and its environs.

1920 April 11, Lord Curzon met with Boghos Nubar and Aharonian and scolded them on the stupidity of using the weapons against Azeris instead of the Turks.

1920 April 12, Curzon confirmed transfer of weapons to Armenians via Batum and ordered Waldorp, their Counsil in Tiflis to keep this a secret.

1920 April 17, The French invaded the city Antep. Many Armenian homes raised French flag.

1920 April 22, Bogos Nubar Pasha argued in San Remo that Erzurum should be given to Armenians. Lloyd Geroge refused, because Armenians were a minority there.

1920 April 23, Turkish Parliament was founded in Ankara. Ever since, we celebrate this day as the world children's day.

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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.