The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 juni 1921
Bron: National Library of Australia

Million Perished


LONDON, June 3.

The Berlin correspondent of the "Dally Telegraph" says there was appalling evidence at the trial of Teilirlan, who was acquitted of murdering Talaat Pasha.

Professor Lepsius gave evidence that the Young Turks, in 1915, decided to exterminate the Armenians, and wholesale deportations were ordered. Hardly 10 per cent reached their destinations. A million Armenians thus perished from hunger, slckness, or massacre. When the concentration camps were full the Armenians were taken to the desert and slaughtered. It was only the efforts of Liman von Sanders that saved 200,000 Armenians in the principal towns. The Young Turks feared that the Armenian question would lead to the partition of the Ottoman Empire, and accordingly held that all non-Turks must be destroyed. Talaat Pasha put this policy into operation.

Other witnesses described horrifying outrages committed by the Turkish gendarmes upon women and girls. Hundreds were bound together with ropes, flung into the rivers and drowned.