2319) The alleged Armenian Genocide of 1915 and Nazi-Armenian Collaboration

The Armenians have been feverishly trying to attach a charge of genocide on the Turks for the past 85 years or so. In the relentless pursuit of it, they have declared April 24 as the date of commemoration of this "alleged genocide". The British were the closest party to these events from 1915 to 1922 because they were the principal occupying power of the Ottoman Empire and its capital, Istanbul, and the Ottoman archives etc. As such, the British led an international war crimes tribunal on the island of Malta against 144 high Ottoman officials who were charged with war crimes against the Armenians. Subsequently 56 out of the 144 alleged criminals were deported to the Island of Malta to stand a trial. After a wide scale frantic search of all the archival material in the British and the US possession they concluded:

Sir H. Rumbold, His Majesty's High Commissioner at Istanbul as the head of the occupying powers wrote in forwarding to London the "evidence" against the deportees: "very few were available, that Armenian Patriarchate at Istanbul had been the principal channel through which information had been obtained, and that none of allied, associated and neutral Governments had been asked to supply evidence". He admitted "under these circumstances the Prosecution will find itself under grave disadvantage", but he added, "he hoped that the American Government could supply a large amount of documentary information". (Foreign Office document 371/6500/E. 3557).

In failing to find any legally supportable evidence against the deportees in the hands of the occupying powers, Lord Curzon, the British foreign secretary at the time, informed Sir A. Geddes, the British Ambassador at Washington, that there was a "considerable difficulty" in establishing proof of guilty against the Turkish detainees at Malta and requested him "to ascertain if United States Government are in possession of any evidence that could be of value for purpose of prosecution". (Foreign Office document 371/6502/E. 5845). On July 13 1921, the British Embassy in Washington returned the following reply:

"I regret to inform Your Lordship that there was nothing therein which could be used as evidence against the Turks who are being detained for trial at Malta? Having regard to this stipulation and the fact that the reports in the possession of the Department of State do not appear in any case to contain evidence against these Turks which would be useful even for the purpose of corroborating information already in possession of His Majesty's Government, I fear that nothing is to be hoped from addressing any further inquiries to the United States Government in this matter". (Foreign Office document 371/6504/E.8519. R.C. Craige, British Embassy in Washington to Lord Curzon, No. 722, of July 13, 1921.)

Subsequently all the Ottoman detainees were dismissed of charges and exchanged for the British prisoners in Turkiye (Turkey). And there were no war crimes charges, let alone a charge of a "genocide" of the Armenians. Last year, again, the Armenians appealed to the British Government to recognise the alleged Armenian genocide to which the British Government replied. On April 14, 1999 the PA News from London reported: "A bid to get the British Government to recognise as genocide the deportation and massacre and slaughter of thousands of Armenians by the Ottoman government of Turkiye in 1915, was rejected by ministers in the Lords tonight".

Foreign Office spokesman, Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale, said "the British Government had condemned the (alleged) massacres at the time. But in the absence of unequivocal evidence that the Ottoman administration took a specific decision to eliminate the Armenians under their control at that time, British governments have not recognised those events as indications of genocide".

"Nor do we believe it is the business of governments of today to review events of over 80 years ago, with a view to pronouncing on them. The events of 1915-16 remain a painful issue in relation to two states with which we enjoy excellent relations".

The main reason the Armenians are making so much noise with their genocide allegations is to divert the attention from their atrocities and massacres of Turkish people during that period and their atrocities committed against the Jews with their collaboration with the Nazis later on. It is proven by the Western historians that the Armenians were the guilty party, who committed mass murders of civilians in Eastern Anatolia, with the hope of carving a state of their own during the Allied Powers occupation of Turkiye. Knowing their numbers would never justify their territorial ambitions; Armenians looked to Russia and Europe for the fulfilment of their aims. Armenian treachery in this regard culminated at the beginning of the First World War with the decision of the revolutionary organisations to refuse to serve their state, the Ottoman Empire, and to assist instead the invading Russian armies. Their hope was their participation in the Russian success would be rewarded with an independent Armenian state carved out of Ottoman territories.

With the Russian invasion of eastern Anatolia in 1914 at the beginning of World War I, the degree of Armenian collaboration with the Ottoman's enemy increased drastically. Ottoman supply lines were cut by guerilla attacks; Armenian revolutionaries armed Armenian civilian populations, who in turn massacred the Muslim population in anticipation of expected arrival of the invading Russian armies. Ottoman response was to order the relocation of its Armenian subjects from the path of the invading Russians and other areas where they might undermine the Ottoman war effort. The Ottomans could no longer determine which of the Armenians would remain loyal and which would follow the appeal of their leaders. Had the Ottoman government wanted to eliminate all the Armenians in the Empire, it could have done so far more easily by killing and disposing of them where they lived, rather than undertaking a large-scale deportation of those in the Eastern war zones under the eyes of foreign observers. Historian Prof. John McCarthy admits that what passed on between the Armenians and the Turks was not a genocide - it was a war! If the case against genocide of Armenians need any further proof, one would have to look to Istanbul, the capital of the Empire and the area most under the government control.

Armenian propagandists and terror groups try to revive to justify the same tactics of terror today, which brought such horrors to the Ottoman Empire during the last century. The Armenians are still continuing their atrocities with their terrorist organizations. During a 16-year period from 1973 to 1986, various Armenian terrorist organizations claimed responsibility for about 200 attacks on Turkish diplomatic and non-diplomatic institutions and murdered 55 Turkish and 16 non-Turkish people and wounded hundreds of others. Armenians also targeted their own people who refused to make financial contribution to Armenian terrorism.

Unfortunately most of the Western governments are being held hostages by the Armenian terrorist organizations. The Western governments usually give in to Armenian demands in order not to attract their terrorist organizations vicious attacks.

A heap of dubious documents, revisionist history, greatly inflated population figures and exercise of terror to cow the Turks over a span of 85 years obviously do not spell genocide. We urge the public to disregard the unsubstantiated Armenian allegations and consider the other side of the coin as well.

Armenian-Nazi Collaboration

Yet another historical fact: a fact that for years has been deliberately forgotten, concealed, and wiped from memory - the fact of Armenian-Nazi collaboration. A magazine called Mitteilungsblatt der Deutsch-Armenischen Gesselschaft is the clearest and most definite proof of this collaboration. The magazine was first published in Berlin in 1938 during Nazi rule of Germany and continued publication until the end of 1944. Even the name of the magazine, which implies a declaration of Armenian-Nazi cooperation, is attention getting.

This magazine, every issue of which proves the collaboration, is historically important as documentary evidence. It is a heap of writing that should be an admonition to world opinion and to all mankind. To give specific examples of actions:

In May 1935 the Armenians of Bucharest attacked the Jews of that city, while the Greeks of Salonika attacked the Jews in the August of the same year. During World War II, Armenian volunteers, under the wings of Hitler's Germany, were used in rounding up Jews and other ''undesirables'' destined for the Nazi concentration camps. The Armenians also published a German-language magazine, with fascist and anti-Semitic tendencies, supporting Nazi doctrines directed to the extermination of 'inferior' races .1

This is confirmed by Armenophil Christopher J. Walker, who admits that the Armenians collaborated with the Nazis. According to him, members of the Dashnak Party, then living in the occupied areas, including a number of prominent persons, entertained pro-Axis sympathies. A report in an American magazine went so far as to claim that the Nazis had picked on the Dashnaktsutiun to do fifth-column work, promising the party an autonomous state for its cooperation. Walker goes on to claim that relations between the Nazis and the Dashnaks living in the occupied areas were close and active. On 30 December 1941 an Armenian battalion was formed by a decision of the Army Command (Wehrmacht), known as the 'Armenian 812th Battalion'. It was commanded by Dro, and was made up of a small number of committed recruits, and a larger number of Armenians. Early on, the total number of recruits was 8,000; this number later grew to 30,000. The 812th Battalion was operational in Crimea and the North Caucasus (These are the dates and numbers given by Walker).

A year later, on 15 December 1942, an Armenian National Council was granted official recognition by Alfred Rosenberg, the German Minister of the occupied areas. The Council's president was Professor Ardashes Abeghian, its vice-president Abraham Giulkhandanian, and it numbered among its members Nzhdeh and Vahan Papazian. From that date until the end of 1944 it published a weekly journal, Armenien, edited by Viken Shant (the son of Levon), who also broadcast on Radio Berlin. The whole idea was to prove to the Germans that the Armenians were 'Aryans'. With the aid of Dr. Paul Rohrbach they seemed to have achieved this as the Nazis did not persecute the Armenians in the occupied lands.2 Armenophil C. J. Walker, in his book "Armenia" also admits: "Members of the Dashnak party living in the occupied areas, including a number of names famous from the period of the republic, adopted a pro-Nazi stance."2

An American Armenian John Roy Carlson also admits openly that "Wholly opportunistic the Armenians have been variously pro-Nazi, pro-Russia, pro-Soviet Armenia, pro-Arab, pro-Jewish, as well as anti-Jewish, anti-Communist, and anti-Soviet - whichever was expedient."3



1 – Turkkaya Ataov, Armenian Extermination of the Jews and Muslims, 1984, p. 91

2 – Walker, C. J., Armenia, London, 1980, pp. 356-8

3 – Carlson, John Roy (Arthur Derounian), Cairo to Damascus, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1951, p. 438



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