To know your past, is to know yourself.
The work had been started to save a Christian church from falling into the hands of the Roman Catholics on one side or of the Presbyterians on another, or, far worse, from ceasing to resist the temptation to embrace Islam. These people had to pay double taxes because they were Christians, and could not get justice in the Courts because a case must never be given against a Mussulman (Moslem). The, Syrians (Assyrians) had suffered from massacres as cruel as the Armenians had undergone, but these things hardly ever found their way to the European papers.
— The London Times, 4 June 1904.