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New books on Armenian issue from Ottoman archives

As TurkishDailyNews reported on Sunday, recently, three new books are published, based on information from the original Ottoman archives provided by the Prime Ministry State Archives General Directorate. The books provide documents about Armenians killing around 518,000 Turks. Find below the full-article…

Turks from various circles reacted in exaggerated and at times ludicrous ways following the approval of a French resolution recognizing an alleged Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Turks during World War I.

Major arguments came from intellectuals including journalist Ethem Mahcupyan, journalist and writer Murat Belge, and social scientist Professor Dogu Ergil. The basic premise of their arguments was that such an accusation was short of scientific facts and that it could only be answered soundly with scientific facts.

A certain group of people, mainly conscientious Turkish readers, was aware of this and there was an observed increase in the sale of books about the Armenian problem.

Recently, three new books have been published, based on information from the original Ottoman archives provided by Prime Ministry State Archives General Directorate. The books provide documents about Armenians killing around 518,000 Turks, including pregnant women and children.

“Ermeniler Tarafindan Yapilan Katliam Belgeleri” (Documents on Genocide by Armenians) consists of two volumes, both providing original Ottoman documents. The first volume consists of the period 1914-19, and the second volume encompasses the years 1919-21.

It is known that around 2 million Turks have died during World War I for various reasons. But these books provide 89 original texts, showing that 518,105 Turks have been killed by Armenian committees. These documents consist of reports of the investigation commissions, testimonies of the victims of genocide, local government reports in the villages, reports by soldiers, police officers, government officials, judges in the region, and diary entries of the foreign staff in the Russian hospitals at the region.

The books provide transcriptions, photocopies of the original documents, English and Turkish summaries. The foreword has been written by Prime Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Selcuk Polat.

Another book published recently is “Ermeni Komiteleri [1891-1895]” (Armenian Committees – 1891-1895). The book is the transcription of a report prepared by Security Minister Nazim Pasa during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II. The book tries to shed light on the committees founded by Armenians within the borders of the Ottoman Empire, what their goals were, the violence they have exerted, how they initiated revolts and how they received foreign help.

The third book “Osmanli Devleti’nde Mesrutiyetin Ilanindan Once ve Sonra Ermeni Komitelerinin Amac ve Faaliyetleri” (Goals and Activities of Armenian Committees Before and After Mesrutiyet – Constitutional Monarchy – in Ottoman) is published in French. The book had been published originally in 1917.

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