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  An Armenian Massacre in Van  
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We were in our own village Ayanis when the Armenian events started. The whole Moslem villages in this region were Zeve, Mollakasm and Ayans. There were 5 to 10 Armenian houses in other villages. Before this event our relationship with the Armenians were so good, especially with Alaköy when there were plenty of Armenians. We mutually invited each other to feasts. There was no enmity among us.

As these events occurred we decided to migrate. As we got ready with four vehicles a man came and stopped us. He told us to stay claiming that we had the guns and the soldiers. Three days passed by. On the fourth day, we were together with my mother and three men from our village and heard a gun voice. Three men from our village told that this gun was an Armenian gun since its voice was different from ours.

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Meanwhile, a man from Mollakasim came and shouted: " What are you waiting, the Kurds raided Alaköy, they are raiding all of the villages". As he shouted son of the uncle of my mother Dursun came, he was wounded from his thomb by a gun. An old woman asked him why he had come and he told that the village was raided and the inhabitants were slaughtered. An Armenian shit on a grave of an important, religious men and swore at him but as my mother said he was burned by God simultaneously. Armenians selected the men and put into a room. Their leader was Hamados Pasa ( He paid Iranian Kurds to be a soldier of him). he ordered his fellows to gather boys older than 7 years, put them with the men and burn them all.

They almost spoke Turkish like us. I was seven meanwhile. My mother quickly dressed me like a girl and took near her, and saved me so. But they took 4-5 boys among us, put them near the men. They poured oil on them and burned. The cries raised to sky. They gathered the women and took them out. They teased saying " Women, rest and watch how the dogs are fighting". Whom they called dog was a son, a husband or a father of one of the women. They were crying "God" as they burn. we had to sit there for about one hour. As we went near the grave a non-Moslem sang a song to the women: (he cries as he tells)

"mercy became mercy
mercy became today
yesterday's hard days
are today strong days"

Meanwhile, the wife of my mother's uncle was shot by an Armenian. His child still needed breast-feeding. An Armenian killed the baby with his bayonet. They killed a lot of men in that area, they were burning the ones they catch. In our village there was Hamza, the uncle of Haci Ümmet. He always carried his knife. He attacked to the non-Moslems as they were trying to catch him. He would either kill or die. They eventually caught him. They opened pockets in his back and put his hands in without killing him. Excuse me, but they cut his penis and put it into his mouth, cut his nose and put it in his back.

They took me to Alaköy. They put us in to a haymow. The children started to cry due to hunger. The non-Moslems cooked the hands, feet and other organs of the men they killed and gave them to children as meal. the children did not understand but the women did not let them to eat. They explained the situation to their children and told them that it is better to starve. In the night they filled the haymow with water, everybody got wet. In the morning they let the women out and forced them to dry their clothes on the stones. The women of Mollakasim were just a few yard away from us. Their men were also cut.

They were raiding the Moslem villages and killing the men. They were making the women prisoners and collecting them in Alaköy. Then, they led us to the way of van. As we reached the Mermit riveri some of the women jumped into the water to drawn instead of dying on the hands of Armenians. The non-Moslems shot and killed some of them before they fall into the river. They break the arms and heads of the others who want to jump into the water. Me, my mother, the wife of my uncle and my grandmother were all together. My mother also wanted to jump but my grandmother stopped her. The Armenians prevented the women to jump by putting the horses into the water. A non-moslem came near to my grandmother and asked her village and husband. My grandmother did not want to answer but as the non-Moslem persuaded she told that we were from Ayanis, her husband was Muhiddin, grandson was Yakup and the other was Niyazi. As she finished, the non-Moslem embarassed my grandmother's skirt and told that he would not let them be hurt. Since we were surprised she explained. They were coming from Bahçesaray to Van by eight vehicles full. They wanted to kill the Armenians on the way but my father did not let. He took them to Van and returned to the village.

That guy supplied us some bread and cheese. They took us to Bardakçi. we slept in the open area of the village with armed watchman as if women could do anything. We were about 700-800 people. In the morning we took the way to Van and reached Kaledibi of Van before sunset. In Kaledibi, there was the three-floor barracks of the mayor of Van Cevdet Pasa. It was made of soil. Many people stayed there before. There was a newborn baby, they throw the baby from upstairs and the baby disappeared. We stayed for five days there.

Before noon they took us to trefoils. We were very hungry that we ate whatever we found there. Five days later they brought two more houses and took us to barracks of Haci Bekir, to the old residence of mayor.

They had also brought the folk of the Moslem village Pürüt. They are giving us bread but bread full of many chemicals such as alum and sulphur. 60-70 people die per day due to stomach pain. There was a hole as long as one wall of the barracks and they were throwing the dead bodies inside it. My grandmother told to the Armenian whom my father saved: "It does not mean anything that you are our fellow, my two sons in the army, my husband and relatives were killed by you. That Armenian brought food to us for a couple of days. Others were attacking the food.

One week passed. They told that Russians came. They counted the number of prisoners and recorded. They served meal the next day before noon: rice with meat. They put a Russian watchman. The Russians asked us our villages and told that they wanted to get us to our villages. All of us wanted to be taken to Mollakasim. The Russians accepted. In the morning they took us to Mollaksim by 70-80 horse carriages. We did not spread to our villages due to the fear of Armenians. Then they attended one of us as the chief of the group. We lived likewise until Turkish army entered Van. Some time later we gave life to our villages burnt by Armenians.

HACI ZEKERIYA KOÇ Yakuboglu, 1908, born in Ayanis-Van

* Publications of rector of Van Yüzüncü Yil University, No:8



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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.