17 Sep 1922: The Brave Stance of the Japanese, Embros

smyrna japan vessel

 A Japanese flagged ship (most likely the Tokei-Maru) at Smyrna in September 1922.

The following news piece was translated from an article in the Greek newspaper EMBROS. The article was published on page 1 under the main title 'The Slaughterhouse of Smyrna.'


Embros newspaper
September 4, 1922
(September 17 on the Gregorian calendar).

     It's  worth  emphasizing the  philanthropic
and   brave  stance  of   the  captain   of   the
Japanese  ship  Tokei-Maru  after  it  managed
to save 825 refugees of  Greek   ethnic   origin
who were being subjected to Turkish  threats.
     The  Japanese  captain,  who  was  moved
by the wild massacres and the appeals  of the
refugees, sent all the ship's  lifeboats  to  take
as  many   refugees  as  was  possible.   After
surrounding the lifeboats,  an  officer  of   the
Kemalist Army then  threatened to sink them.
     The Japanese captain, who was personally
troubled by this, then declared to the Kemalist
officers, that if even one single hair  follicle  of
the refugees were touched, he would consider
it  an  insult  to  the   Japanese  flag  and  the
Japanese    Government   would    demand
immediate compensation.
     As  a  result  of  this  threat, the Kemalists
consulted with their leaders and  were obliged
to let the refugees board the Japanese ship.

embros 4sep1922 


Further Reading:
The Great Fire | Smyrna September 1922
La Mort de Smyrne (The Death of Smyrna), René Puaux
16 Sep 1922: Turks Killed 120,000, East Oregonian
15 Sep 1922: Turks Kill Women and Babes, The Evening Star
18 Sep 1922: Smyrna Ablaze. Stories of Massacre


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