27 January 2016

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New Additions To The E-Library

  1. Annual Report -American Board Of Commissioners For Foreign Missions 24 Oct 1916
  2. Report on the statistics of the Armenian population from Charles William Wilson's data 1910-11 Britannica
  3. The Republic of Armenia :
    A Memorandum On The Recognition Of The Government Of The Republic Of Armenia,
    by Kʻajaznuni, Hovhannēs,  October 28, 1919

    Submitted By The Special Mission Of The Republic Of Armenia To The United States,
    . The Formation Of The Republic Of Armenia

    The Territory Of The Armenian Republic Was Formerly A Part Of One Of The Outlying Provinces Of The Russian Empire, Namely, Trans-Causia.

    In The Spring Of 1917, After The Outbreak Of The Russian Revolution, The Then Temporary Government Of Kerensky Created In And For Transcaucasia A Special Administrative Body, Styled As The Commis-Sariat Of Transcaucasia. But In November, 1917, When The Bolsheviki Overthrew The Kerensky Government And Established The Soviet Rule In Russia, Transcaucasia Declined To Recognize The Authority Of The Bolsheviki And The Commissariat Of Transcaucasia On November 28, 1917, Declared Itself The Supreme Authority In Transcaucasia.

    In February, 1918, The Seim, Or The Legislative Assembly Of Trans-Caucasia, Convened In The City Of Tiflis, Accepted The Resignation Of The Commissariat And In Its Place Instituted A Temporary Government Composed Of Several Ministries.

    Thus, In Effect Transcaucasia Separated Herself From Russia, Though There Was No Appropriate Declaration And She Was Still Considered As A Part Of The Empire. But The External And Internal Political Conditions Took Such A Course That They Made It Necessary To Change The De Facto To A De Jure Separation, And On April 22, 1918, The Seim Declared The Independence Of Transcaucasia From Russia And Her Constitution As An Independent State, Under The Name Of The Federal Democratic Republic Of Transcaucasia.

    The Three Principal Peoples Of Transcaucasia — Armenians, Georgians, And The Tartars Of Azerbeijan, Became Parties To The Federation, With Their Respective Territories. The Seim And The Government Were Composed Of The Representatives Of The Political Parties Among These Three Nationalities, Almost In Equal Proportions.

    This Federal Republic Of Transcaucasia Scarcely Lasted Five Weeks. The Cause Of Its Instability Was The Fact That The Political Tendencies Of The Three Constituent Nations Were Different, Even Conflicting With Each Other.

    The Point At Issue Was The Attitude Of Transcaucasia To The War Then Still Raging.

    Since The Beginning Of The War The Sympathy Of The Tartars Of Azerbei Jan Was Wholly With Their Kin And Coreligionists, The Turks. In The Latter Part Of 1917, When The Russian Armies Abandoned The Caucasian Front And The Turkish Forces  . . .

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25 January 2016

3583) Hye-Tert & Polatel’s Own Assumptions As If They Were Realities Vs History

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(Translated from Turkish, Conference of Mehmet Polatel


Losing ownership of real estate and cases of property confiscation during the Armenian Genocide Period by Mehmet Polatel

I would like to commence my speech with couple of sentences on the importance of property ownership during the mass violence and turbulent times - a subject which has long been neglected among the studies made about the Armenian Genocide.

What kind of reliable documents do we have to prove this point? Every mass violence event requires research and understanding, based on cause and effect relationship. For example, the accusation of “massacre” is a worn out term, proven to be a big lie in a book written by the Associated Press correspondent George A. Schreiner who came to Turkey with a friend from a Chicago newspaper. In early 1915, both went to Dardanelles with the permission of Enver Pasha and saw all the Allied Navy’s bombardments and killings there. The earlier Assoc. Press correspondent lived in Thessaloniki and he wrote to satisfy the expectations of the missionaries and readers, in Schreiner’s words “he had fouled the nest”. When the book, “The Story of Ambassador Morgenthau” was published in 1918, he was the first person who wrote to tell him that his stories were not true and that he had distorted the facts. He later went to Baghdad and wrote about his findings in his book [From Berlin to Bagdad behind Scenes in the Near East – 1918]. He is a dependable eye witness and writer.

Almost every force of suppression applied on people is accompanied by a case of people losing ownership of their property - real estate and others. We may argue that losing possession of a real estate, handled through the related offices of the Government, resembles the popular robbery cases similar to that of Jews losing their rights to their property during the Holocaust period in Europe.

If the writer were honest and sincere enough  . . .

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