Commemorating Greek Genocide

Commemorating Greek Genocide 1


On September 14 each year, Greek communities worldwide commemorate Greek Genocide.

Today we remember the Greeks of Asia Minor who were murdered by the governments of the Young Turks and Mustafa Kemal Pasha.

The destruction of Asia Minor Hellenism began in 1071 when the Byzantine armies were defeated by the Seljuk Turks. In this historical event lies the origin of the Hellenic Holocaust. In 1453, Constantinopoulis fell to the Turks. Constantinos Palaiologos led 5,000 Greek soldiers against 80,000 Ottoman Turkish soldiers. The fall of Constantinople and the fall of the Empire of Trebizond eight years later extended the Hellenic holocaust to all Hellenic regions.

The Ottoman Empire brought with it massacres, torture, slavery, the kidnapping of boys for the Janissaries, the enslavement of women into the harems, and intolerable political and economic pressure that resulted in the further decimation of Hellenism. For even when Hellenes were not massacred, the destruction of Hellenism occurred with the loss of national identity. Conversions to Islam and Turkification contributed to the nightmare of the loss of independence and national sovereignty.

In May 1919, the armies of a free and independent Greece entered the long-suffering city of Smyrna. For a brief time, it appeared that the extermination of the Hellenic race had ceased. During the First World War, the Young Turks began to murder the Hellenic populations in Asia Minor, along with the Armenians and the Assyrians.

In September 1922, Smyrna was conquered by the Kemalists and burned. Over 100,000 Greeks and 30,000 Armenians were slaughtered. When the news broke that the Kemalist aggressors would retake Smyrna, it became apparent that the Greeks and the Armenians would not survive.

When the Kemalist-Young Turks murder machines ceased-over 1,500,000 Armenians, 1,000,000 Greeks, and 800,000 Assyrians had lost their lives. The decimation of Hellenism continued when the west supported Kemal’s plan to ethnically cleanse Asia Minor and Eastern Thraki of well over 1,000,000 Hellenes.

Over 1,000,000 Greeks were forced to abandon the land and homes where their ancestors and descendants had lived for over 3,000 years.

Lest we forget.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.

  1. This affected my parents, mainly my mothers family and the family was seperated and eventually relocated to Australia over the next thirty years

  2. My father spoke about this when I was about 9 – 10 years old. He also said that the Cossacks (Ukrainians) fought against the Muslim Turks, numours times to defend Ukraine and I didn’t believe him. Well the truth is filtering through.