Kostas Faltaits (1891-1944) was a renowned Greek journalist who worked for a number of major Athenian newspapers. He was born in Smyrna (today Izmir) in 1891 and was raised on the island of Skyros. He studied Law and Philology at the University of Athens but in 1910 began his career in journalism.

Faltaits arrived in Smyrna in March 1921 as a war correspondent for the newspaper Embros. He followed the movement of the Hellenic Army during the Asia Minor campaign and his news reports kept the Greek public informed. At the same time, Faltaits gathered first-hand accounts from the survivors of the massacres of the Christian populations that took place in 1920 and 1921. In August 1921, he was injured during an air raid and he returned to Athens later that year. Upon his return, Faltaits began compiling the eye witness testimonies he collected, and they were published later that year in Greek under the title These are the Turks: Narratives from the Massacres at Nicomedia. In 1922 and 1923, the book was also published in French and used by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs during international summits concerning Greek-Turkish disputes.

In 2016, the English translation of his book of survivor testimonies was published with the title The Genocide of the Greeks in Turkey: Survivor Testimonies from the Nicomedia (Izmit) Massacres of 1920-1921. The book includes a prologue by Tessa Hofmann. 

 

              

The front covers of his work on the testimonies from the Izmit Massacres.  From left: English edition (2016), Greek edition (1921) and French edition (1922).  

 

More about Kostas Faltaits can be found at the Faltaits Museum.

 

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Winston Churchill (1874-1965) - British Statesman

“... Mustapha Kemal's Army ... celebrated their triumph by the burning of Smyrna to ashes and by a vast massacre of its Christian population...”

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