The Treatment of the Greek Prisoners in Turkey

Greek Genocide Resource Center

Following the destruction of #Smyrna in September 1922, #Kemalist authorities refused males of military age passage out of #Turkey. These men were deported to the Turkish interior where they were enlisted in work battalions and subjected to slavery. It’s believed over 100,000 males were deported. The majority of them perished.

In 1923 an International Commission of Inquiry investigated the treatment of the Greek prisoners who returned to Greece. Doctors who treated them referred to them as ‘living ghosts’ or ‘walking skeletons’. The Commission concluded that their treatment was ‘a flagrant violation of the laws of war’, and some acts were in contravention of the #GenevaConvention. View the 32 page document here.


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