Black Book: The Tragedy of Pontus, 1914-1922

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The Central Council of Pontus.
Athens 1922.
29 pages.

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The following document, written in both French and English was released by the Central Council of Pontus in 1922 and contains statistics on the death toll of Greeks in the towns and villages of the Pontus region of Asia Minor. The document also contains statistics on the number of churches and schools in the affected regions. According to the Central Council of Pontus by the end of 1921, the death toll of Greeks in the Pontus region was 303,238. In the document, the Central Council states:

Since the year 1914 the Ottoman Government, on the lines of a plan organised and premeditated has caused more than 1,500,000 Greeks and Armenians of Asia Minor to be massacred by its local agents. The infortunate Greek populations of Pontus have been decimated by murder and privation, have witnessed their churches profaned, their daughters violated, their wives dishonoured, babies snatched from the arms of their mothers and hurled against the walls, old men and children burned within the churches and priests massacred under the portals.

Statistics on Pontus, Central Council of Pontus, 1922

District Communities Churches Schools Population Exterminated
Amasia  (Αμάσεια)
400                         603                  518                 134,078
Neocaesarea  (Νεοκαισάρεια)       
  95   135 106       27,216
Trebizond  (Τραπεζούντα)
  70   127     84   38,434
Chaldia  (Χαλδία)
145     182 152   64,582
Rodopolis  (Ροδόπολη)
  41     53      45   17,479
Colonia  (Κολωνία)   64     74   55   21,448
Total 815   1134 960 303,238


Further Reading:
6 Nov 1921: Reports Massacres of Greeks in Pontus, New York Times
Feridunoğlu Osman Ağa (1883-1923)
The Greek Genocide in American Naval War Diaries
The Samsun Deportations


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