Sixteen years after Turkey's eradication of its Christian minorities, Hitler defended his orders to "Kill without pity or mercy all men, women and children. Who after all speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?" Hitler failed to speak of the Greeks and the Assyrians. He also failed to mention that Germany, with its eye on Turkey's chromium deposits, and other mineral deposits--masterminded the Genocides of the millions of the indigenous inhabitants of Asia Minor (now Turkey).

 

DEATHS STILL DENIED ©

 

SOFIA KONTOGEORGE KOSTOS
 

In that land where no one was killed
In frenzied orgies
Turkish scimitars severed
heads from bodies flew

In that land where no one was killed
Fingers and tongues ripped
askew. Priests' eyes in prayer
bayoneted from their sockets

In that land where no one was killed
Their privates severed
and tossed to beasts. Mobs spat,
mocked and quartered priests

In that land where no one was killed
Tortured for torture's
sake. Armpits pressed by hot-hard-
boiled eggs. Christians cried

In that land where no one was killed
Shoved into Turkish baths,
then pushed out to icy nights.
Men writhed without a sound

In the land where no one was killed
Humans skinned alive
for sport. Fingernails pulled out
Screams in the desert

In that land where no one was killed
Foot bottoms beaten
Bloodied and swollen until
subjects cried, "Why Lord?"

In that land where no one was killed
Burly blacksmiths nailed
horseshoes into human soles
till rusted blood flowed.

In that land where no one was killed
Ordered from their homes
Families forced to Hades
Soon to be dead

In that land where no one was killed
Paid with plundered loot
Fierce Turk convicts set loose
To glut their evil

In that land where no one was killed
Christians burdened by
heavy taxes. No one dared
complain. No one cared

In that land where no one was killed
Turks' insatiable
lust defied humanity.
Abducting the young

In that land where no one was killed
Boys to Janissaries,
girls to Harems. Forever
-- never to be found

In that land where no one was killed
Turks shrieked, "Kara Köpek,
Black Dog, come here you Christian!
I am your master!"

In that land where no one was killed.

                          

 

Read more poems by Sofia Kontogeorge Kostos in the following publication

FORGOTTEN GENOCIDES OF THE 20TH CENTURY

Gregory Djanikian, George Hobson, Dean Kostos, Sofia Kontogeorge-Kostos, David Kherdian, Gregory Topalian, Nora Armani. Edited by Ara Sarafian.

 

Dedicated to the memory of the destruction of Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks in Ottoman Turkey. The destruction of native Americans. The annihilation of Gypsies during WWII. Rwanda, Darfur and other victimised groups whose memory has been forgotten. 

 

Sofia Kontogeorge-Kostos is the author of Before the Silence: Archival News Reports of the Christian Holocaust that begs to be Remembered available in hardback and Kindle

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