BODIES IN CITY OF DEATH LIE AS TURKS LEFT THEM
No Tombstones Mark Spots Where Hundreds of Greeks and Armenians Fell in Aidin in Appalling Massacre of 1919.
The New York Herald, 29 August 1921, p.3.
For the Associated Press.
AIDIN, Asia Minor, Aug. 10 (Delayed).
-One of the saddest and most tragic of all war memorials in the Near East is the ruined city of Aidin, sixty miles southeast of Smyrna. It is literally a vast sepulchre of the dead. Here hundreds of innocent Greek and Armenian women, children and priests lie in nameless graves, victims of massacres by Turks in the summer of 1919.
The broken columns of a thousand shattered homes are the mute witnesses of the martyrdom of the population. Although two years have passed since they were sacrificed, no tombstone, no cross, no wreath marks the place where they fell. Their whitening bones form a part of the crumbling masonry and earth. The silence of the place is oppressive.
The town presents an appalling spectacle of desolation and destruction, which has its counterpart only in the ruined cities of France. However, the people of Aidin were vouchsafed no chance of escape. They were brutally slain by the Turks when the Greek army had withdrawn. Many of the victims were burned to death.
Through the dark and debris-strewn alleys sombre women and girls in mourning move like spectres. All have lost relatives in the fearful massacre. Their faces tell a story of poignant suffering and anguish. Some of them have lost their reason.