Islamic supremacist never acknowledge responsibility for any wrongdoing. The Erdogan government is energetic in working to silence and discredit anyone and everyone who tells the truth about these mass murders. “Why Does No-one Remember the Assyrian Victims of Turkey’s Christian Holocaust?,” by Uzay Bulut, International Business Times, October 28, 2014:
You may have heard of the Armenian genocide. You’ve probably heard of Stalin’s starvation of the Ukrainians, and the atrocities committed by the European empires in Africa. You’ve definitely heard of the Holocaust.
Yet chances are you’ve never heard of the Assyrian genocide, even though this was just as brutal and costly. It was perpetrated alongside the Armenian massacre, yet only one of the twin programmes has lived on in infamy.
The Assyrian genocide occurred 100 years ago, and decimated a people whose territory stretched from the areas now known as Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Egypt. Today, this very same area is the world’s fiercest conflict zone, the wounds which opened a century ago showing no sign of healing.
Which makes it all the more important that we remember the horrors inflicted on the Assyrians all those years ago.
Historians today describe the Assyrian Genocide as a programme of extermination carried out by the Ottoman Empire upon the Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian populations. All three peoples were Christian, and the Ottomans attempted to wipe them out during a wider ethnic cleansing campaign, which also included the Armenian and Greek genocides.
The Assyrian extermination campaign actually lasted from 1914 to 1923, Turkey’s rulers carrying on the killing long after their empire had been dismantled. The death toll varies depending which historical scholar or record you consult.
“Estimates on the overall death toll vary, with some contemporary reports placing the figure at 270,000, and estimates range to as many as 750,000,” reported Dr. Israel W. Charny, the editor of two-volume Encyclopedia of Genocide and executive director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide.
Charny groups the Assyrian Genocide together with the massacre of Greeks and Armenians in a “Christian Holocaust”, which he claims was “the precursor to the Jewish Holocaust in WWII.”
“To this day, the Turkish government ostensibly denies having committed this genocide” Charny adds….