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† 1909: Ottoman Archives Related to the Adana Massacres

Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 05:11 PM CT



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Source: Prime Ministerial Ottoman Archives, Y.PRK.AZN 25/40;

Transliteration cited at Ýris Muzaffer, Bütün Yönleriyle Süryaniler, 2003, Ekol Yayýmcýlýk, Istanbul Imperial Palace Telegraph Office 1327

To the Imperial Threshold

In Adana and its bounds without any reason land, people and possessions were subjected to great damages. Now for them [the Christians] to reside in this area and be assured of their safety is up to the judgment of the Court Martial. But what transpired thus far has demolished our hopes and caused us despair. This is because rather than searching for those responsible for the massacres and damages and punish them so it may be a warning to others, common murderers are being sought. Poor ignorant Muslim villagers who obeyed orders without knowing, and some Christians who were convicted due to malicious false testimonies or innocent citizens, who defended their lives, are being convicted. The Court Martial is pursuing the policy of absolutely finding the Christians at fault. In this predicament, who can we tell about our affliction? How can we provide assurances and comfort to our helpless congregation?

For the love of God, show mercy.

SyrianCatholic Patriarchate Representative: Head Priest Father Filipos

Protestant Clerical Leader: Hampersom

Armenian Catholic Bishop: Bishop Bagos

Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate Representative: Father Mansur

Greek Catholic [Melkite] Clerical Leader: Father Ilias

Armenian Bishopric Representative: Father Aras

Chaldean Patriarchate Representative: Father Stephan.

17 June 1909



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