Erdoğan’s Favorite Newspaper Blames Armenians for Smyrna’s Great Fire

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s favorite newspaper, ultra-nationalist Yeni Şafak, has stubbornly stuck to the Turkish propaganda model of simultaneous genocide denial, but also blames the Armenians for the massacres against the Greeks.

It is recalled that earlier this week the Turkish president said that “Armenian gangs did not hesitate to massacre even Greek Ottoman citizens in the region of Trapezounta (Τραπεύούντα, Turkish: Trabzon)”.

This time, however, Yeni Şafak produced reports from the fire department director of the Smyrna Insurance Company, Austrian Serbian Paul Greskovic, who blames the Armenians for the great Smyrna fire.

At the end of the Greco-Turkish War, as Greek soldiers left Anatolia to return to Greece, Turkish forces first moved towards Smyrna (Σμύρνα, Turkish: İzmir), killing up to 100,000 Greeks and Armenians.

Greskovic wrote in a report that the Armenians started the fire.

He even claimed that Greek women and children cursed Armenians and asked soldiers to blockade Armenian neighborhoods.

What Erdoğan’s favorite newspaper omits, however, is that 92% of Greek, Armenian and Italian wealth in Smyrna, the wealthiest city in the Mediterranean, was insured with Austrian society.

Since they did not want to pay damages to the victims, Greskovic tried to blame the victims themselves for the big fire.

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Greskovic’s report on the Great Smyrna fire goes against the testimonies not only of the victims themselves, but also of several high-level European and American diplomats, journalists, businessmen and missionaries, as has been widely reported.

In fact, the Turks can’t seem to decide who to blame for the blaze.

Another of their baseless theories is that the Greeks started the fire.

Which one is it then?

READ MORE: Erdoğan’s games: “Armenians killed Greeks in Pontus.”

Keywords:
Armenian Genocide, Erdogan, Great Fire of Smirni, Great Fire of Smyrna, Greek Genocide, Izmir, Paul Greskovic, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Smyrna, Smyrni, Yeni Safak

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