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Sigourney Weaver from ALIENS: Rat-a-tat-tat!

Let's get something straight here; even though recent popular culture has inundated us with the portrayal of women who can put up their dukes as well as any man, when it comes to committing violence, there is still a wide gap between men and women. Armenian women were mostly defenseless during the tragic events circa WWI, as women would be anywhere. However, because Armenian propaganda is fond of asking us, Why would the innocent and harmless women have been "deported?"... Let's bear in mind Armenian women were not always that helpless!

Armenian woman with revolver

Armenian woman with Browning
 revolver. (Source: The Great World
 War: A History,
edited by Frank A.
 Mumby, London, 1915-1917)

Naturally, women were included for the ride as well as children during the resettlement process, because the Ottoman-Armenian community as a whole chose — either willingly or through coercion — to support the traitorous revolutionary network. The women cooked the food, they mended the clothes, often manufactured the bullets... sometimes they were the unwilling sexual toys* of the arrogant and terroristic fedayis (who would come into an Armenian village and take over).... the women were part of the support system.  (Along the lines of how latter-day fedayi Monte Melkonyan "appealed to women to fight on the front lines and considered female staff in the radio room and the kitchen at headquarters to be fighters on an equal footing with uniformed soldiers on the battlefield," as his brother Mrkar wrote.) The Ottoman Empire was in for the fight of its life (a fight that history will tell us ultimately resulted in its death), and the last thing any nation would have tolerated was treachery from behind the lines, while superpowers were poised at the gates, scheming to implement a death sentence upon the national motherland.


* "They [the Dashnaks] quarter themselves on Christian villages, live on the best to be had, exact contributions to their funds, and make the younger women and girls submit to their will. Those who incur their displeasure are murdered in cold blood." FO 424/196, British Consul Elliot to Currie, Tabreez, May 5, 1898. By 1914-15, the Dashnaks held near-absolute sway over most Armenian villages, after a quarter-century of "persuasion."


This page is taking up from what was meant to be a small section of another TAT page, but as examples of Armenian female violence keep coming up, it was time to expand this topic. Let's pick up from the three short excerpts available from the pre-existing page:


Armenian female-perpetrated violence:

"The women, armed with axes, guns, daggers, and sticks, chased the Turkish prisoners who were escaping, and killed most of them, only 56 of them were able to escape."

Diary of Aghasi [or Aghassi], leader of 1895 Zeitun rebellion, p. 289 [as cited in "The Armenian File"]




"...Zeki Pasha had come down to the station, evidently trying to escape, when some of these Armenian women recognized him and attacked him savagely. To save his life, the British soldiers locked him up..."

Rev. Ernest Partridge, "The Pensacola Party and Relief Work in Turkey," Armenian Affairs, Summer-Fall 1950, Vol. I, No. 3-4, pp. 293-297



"When the Kurds burst the village gates," said Miss Marcara, "we took rifles and mounted to the roof. I fired eighty shots. The Kurds were forced to withdraw outside the village wall. There I killed two and David two. Later we killed four more, one of whom was the Chief."

"Elizabeth Marcara, an Armenian girl," as related in an April 26, 1915 New York Times article entitled "Kurds Massacre More Armenians."

The Hero Women of Zeitun.

From The Newark Daily Advocate, April 8, 1896

The Hero Women of Zeitun.

Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden had nothing on
axe-murdering Armenian
women. (Lizzie was acquitted.)

The character of the Turkish soldiers and the struggle in Armenia are shown in a light not to be forgotten by a telegram lately appearing in the London News. The Armenians of Zeitun were held in check by a garrison of Turkish soldiers quartered partly in a fort upon a hill, partly in the town itself. The soldiers assaulted and insulted the Armenian women. It was then the Armenians resolved to avenge themselves. They poured kerosene into the source of the only water supply for the garrison. This soon brought the garrison to terms. After three days the Turkish soldiers in the fort capitulated to the Armenians of Zeitun. While the Armenian men were attacking the fort the Armenian women were forced to defend themselves from the brutal horde in town. These amazons seized axes and rushed upon the soldiers. The men, thrown into confusion, gave up their arms. But fresh Turkish troops arrived at Zeitun. All the Armenian men and boys capable of bearing arms were yet away fighting. Inspired with a courage that seems superhuman, the Armenian women rushed with uplifted axes also upon these. The dispatch to The News says they chopped the Turkish soldiers to pieces and threw their bodies over the cliff. They were driven to this desperate deed by the outrages they suffered at the hands of the Turkish soldiers. So long as history remains to be written this bloody, yet heroic deed of the Armenian women will be told.

(Thanks to Gokalp)

The Hero Women of Zeitun

Holdwater: Naturally, the part about the Turkish soldiers assaulting the Armenian women was pure baloney; this account comes 100% from an Armenian source, the kind that the newspapers loved to accept at face value. As almost always, it was the Armenians firing the first shot, but for publicity purposes, the Armenians must always come across as the poor, innocent victims. Could this story have been related to the one Aghasi recorded in his diary, that may be read above? (Yet that was 1895, and this is 1896. It's just mind-numbing to accept the antics of axe-murdering Armenian women as a pattern.)

Pouring kerosene into the water supply... that was evil. Note how while the Armenian men were attacking the fort, we are told the women were engaged in "self-defense" (Armenian definition of "self-defense" is actually "to attack") against
"the brutal horde in town." (How nice of the "journalist" to be so even-handed. Who knew that if someone came at you with an ax, you would be the "brutal" one) If the fort was being attacked, wouldn't that mean the soldiers would be in the fort? (Especially if the few who survived the kerosene had "capitulated"? Why would an attack... oh, sorry, "self-defense" would have been necessary if the soldiers had capitulated?) So that would mean the "brutal horde" in town would have been composed of civilian Turks, wouldn't that be logical? Yet note how the article describes the victims who got "chopped...to pieces" were soldiers! If this account contained truth (and Armenian propaganda does ask us to believe that the atrocity articles published in the newspapers should be accepted as a substitute for history; reliance on such sources is how Silly Samantha Power made the case for "genocide" in her "A Problem From Hell"), no doubt the "soldiers" were caught off-guard as these vicious women started coming at them with axes, since their religion prevented them from harming women. (As shocking as that may come to propaganda believers.) Or maybe, they weren't "soldiers" at all, but ordinary Muslims minding their own business, suddenly faced with the disconcerting reality that it was now their turn to deal with the Armenians' typically insane bloodlust. Regardless of what really went on, it is nothing less than despicable for the racist, Western writer and editors to have presented a story of such vile viciousness and sadism, as an example of heroics.

A Female Fedayi Leader!

"The names of the following leaders of the Armenian militia are recorded in history: Shabash Orbelian, Lieutenant Melikh, Avan Khan from Karabagh (he became a general on account of his heroism), the Tarahanov and the Ovannesov Brothers, Atabekov, Manushak (a woman), and Archbishop Manucharian."

Tchalkouchian, Gr. Le Livre Rouge, Paris, 1919, p. 25; as recorded in "The Armenians in History and the Armenian Question," Esat Uras, 1988, pp. 852-53.

Khanem Ketenjian

ADDENDUM 2-07: Female Fedayis may not have been all that uncommon. An Armenian site, jdemirdjian.com, lovingly reproduced photos of more such heroines.

The site did offer a look at another (and unpictured) female fedayi, Sose Vartanian, a.k.a. Sose Mairig. (Mayrig means "mother"; she was so nicknamed as a gesture of love by the Armenians.) Described as illiterate, she married at age 13 (or soon after) the Dashnak terrorist Serop Aghpiur. Under the influence of this fanatic, "her life consisted of a series of adventures, spent mostly in the mountains with Serop and sons, Hagop and Samsom and a group of fedayees. This clan of fedayees were all under Serop's command, with the exception of when Serop was away on special missions. Sose took charge of the men under these circumstances and fought bravely in many battles, thus earning her legend as a heroine."

In 1899, Serop was betrayed by his fellow Armenians (he was poisoned), and "was killed in fierce battle with the government troops. Sose was seriously wounded; her life was spared by the commanding officer of the Turkish troops, who admired her courage and heroic and attractive bearing. At government expense, he had her treated at a hospital. After recuperating, she was jailed in Baghesh." We know she was not the only terrorist who received such fair treatment, regardless of how "attractive" she was; yet another example of how the tolerant Turks dealt with their murderous traitors.

Sose eventually left for Armenia in later years, but not liking the life there, moved back to Istanbul. Note she was free to do so. She ultimately settled in Egypt, and her remains were sent to Armenia, where she was buried with the usual honors.

The site also included a story proudly proclaiming the Armenians' knack for trouble-making, which will accompany the photos, as nothing further about these women is known at this point.

Unruly Armenians

Gabriel came to the Lord and said "I have to talk to you. We have some Armenians up here in the heaven who are causing problems. They're swinging on the pearly gates, my horn is missing, chemen and barbecue sauce is all over their robes, their dogs are riding the chariots, and they're wearing baseball caps and cowboy hats instead of their halos. They refuse to keep the stairway to Heaven clean. There are watermelon seeds all over the place. Some of them are even walking around with just one wing!"

Sultan Simian

The Lord said, "Armenians are Armenians, Gabriel. Heaven is home to all my children, even if they are Armenians. If you want to know about real problems, call the Devil."

The Devil answered the phone, "Hello Gabriel...? Damn it, hold on a minute."

The Devil returned to the phone, "OK I'm back. What can I do for you?"

Gabriel replied, "I just wanted to know what kind of problems you're having down there at your end."

The Devil said, "Hold on again. I need to check on something." After about 5 minutes the Devil returned to the phone and said, "I'm back. Now what was the question?"

Serpouhi Yanekian Asdghig

Gabriel said, "Tell me what kind of problems are you having down there?"

The Devil excitedly said, "Man I don't believe this.......Hold on again....!"

This time the Devil was gone for at least 15 minutes. The Devil returned and said, "I'm sorry cousin Gabriel, I can't talk right now. Those damn Armenians have put out the fire down here and are trying to install instead air conditioning in Hell.....!!!! I can't believe such unruliness...!!! I wonder if you would consider taking them back in Heaven...???"

Yeghisapeth Najarian Yotneghperian

Mariam Chilingirian

Note the female fedayis were not immune to the wacky ways of their terrorist male counterparts, posing in dress that accentuated their ferocity. (I don't know if their "Pancho Villa" fashion statement will ever make a comeback, but my vote for the sexiest killer with estrogen in this wild bunch goes to Ms. Chilingirian, above. What do you think?)

Sultan Slayers

The attempt on Sultan Abdul Hamid's life comprised "The Yildiz Incident" (July 21, 1905), resulting from a decision by the Dashnak committee to extend their activities to Istanbul; Krisdapor Mikayelian proposed doing so at the Sofia Congress (Jan. 1904), where the idea was accepted. Mikayelian first went to Greece, getting in touch with Zaruhi, previously sent there. Zaruhi was a woman.

Another Dashnak (Sapho Torkom, a.k.a. Constantine Kabulian or Torosian) arrived afterwards in Greece with a 35-year-old from Tiflis, Marie Anchkova, a woman. The group was joined by two Armenian women, one named Robina, 65 years old. Her "code name" was "Robina Fein," as it said on her forged passport, where she posed as a Russian Jew. (Mikayelian's alter ego was "Samuel Fein.")

In Istanbul, preparations were being made for the assassination attempt. Apart from Mikayelian (who would be killed in Bulgaria with another Dashnak while testing the bombs), one of the other major conspirators was Joris from Belgium, and his wife. Another was Marie Zein, a woman.

The plot was a failure, and some of the conspirators, including Sapho Torkom, were expelled from the Dashnak Committee on account of inefficiency, for abandoning their associates in Istanbul, and for being concerned with their own safety alone.

The summary of the report in French prepared by the Investigation Committee (under the leadership of Nedjib Melhame) contained information about the plotters, and among the women:

3) Robina Fein, also known as Nadejda Datalian, daughter of Wolf, an Armenian girl from the Caucasus, her real name is unknown. She participated in the plans and activities of the Committee in Istanbul and played an active role in the explosion of the bomb in the carriage.

4) Marie Zein, Sophi Arecho (fugitive), born of a German father in the Caucasus, wife of the murderer Rips, participated in the activities of the Committee and the assassination attempt of July 21, under the name of Sophi Rips. She selected Robina Fein for the above purpose and brought her to Istanbul.

8) Anna Nellens (fugitive), wife of Joris. Collaborated with the members of the Committee in preparing the assassination.

14) Marie Anshanev or Terez Askova, of Tiflis, her real name is unknown. Helped the Committee and assisted in the assassination attempt.

(Joris was condemned to capital punishment but was later pardoned by the sultan, given five hundred liras, and sent to Europe as a secret agent against the Armenians.)

The French report is "Enquitê sur l'attendant commis dans la jounée de 21 Juillet 1905 à l'issue la cérémonie de Selamlik," Travail de la Commission Speciale. From
"The Armenians in History and the Armenian Question," Esat Uras, 1988, pp. 780-87.

Armenian Women on the Attack Again

After the Sasun uprisings of the 1890s, the Ottoman government tried to reorganize the administration of Sasun (in 1901, while Antranik was commanding band activities, having succeeded Serop, who was poisoned by rivals). This attempt failed as Armenian women attacked and dispersed the workers.

The Regeneration of Armenia: The Fight for Freedom, Dashnaktsution Publications, Istanbul, 1920.
From "The Armenians in History and the Armenian Question," Esat Uras, 1988, p. 777.


It must be said that while Armenian women as a whole certainly did not fight in the trenches, it was not unusual for a good number to be gung-ho on the killing of Turks and others. A somewhat famous example is the story about the Armenian woman who cursed the fact that her womb was no longer able to produce fighters for the cause. (See Point "11" near bottom of this page.) Another are the visions of mother that urged Soghoman Tehlirian, Talat Pasha's assassin, to spit upon the "Thou Shalt Not Kill" Commandment. While the latter anecdote was an invention of the homicidal Dashnak, a more believable account is the one where the Hunchak, Ms. Yeranouhi Danielian, put the idea into the murderer's head to knock off a fellow Armenian... "her voice, choked with emotion," as an Armenian Review article put it. Not much difference between pulling the trigger, and getting others to do the job.


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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.