3 Aug 1915: Ghastly Stories: Greek Women Tortured, The Argus


Ghastly Stories
Greek Women Tortured.

The Argus (melbourne).
Aug 3, 1915. 

    Ghastly  details  of  the  massacres  of
Armenians   by   Turks   in   Asia   Minor
have been received in Athens.
At Marsivan 600 Armenians were  accused
of  having  concealed  arms.   They   were
marched  outside  the  town,  where  they
offered to give up their arms, which they
had retained in self-defence. While a small
party was allowed to return to show where
the  arms  were concealed,  the  remainder
were massacred.
    Several  Greeks  at  Marsivan were com-
pelled  to  dig a trench  as  a grave  before
they were  shot. Greek  women were given
the  alternatives  of   embracing  the  Islam
religion or death. They refused  to  change
their religion. Their lives were spared,  but
they were left to the  mercy of the soldiers
and compelled to accompany the troops on
a long  march.  Some fell  exhausted,  and
were   abandoned   with  their   babies.  A
German  orphanage  sent   ambulances  to
rescue the survivors who were lying along
the roadsides.
   Owing to the  discovery of bombs ar  Mar-
sivan,  thousands  of  innocents  have  been
tortured throughout  Armenia, with  a  view
to forcing  them to give up  the   explosives.
Twenbty men were beaten  to  death at Bar-
desagh, and nameless tortures were inflicted
on Armenians in Baghtchedjik.


ARMENIAN ATROCITIES. (1915, August 3). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 7. Retrieved August 29, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1544226


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