The Izmit Massacres were massacres committed by Kemalist forces on the Christian Greek minority in the Izmit (Grk: Nicomedia) region of #Turkey during the #GreekGenocide. According to one report, at least 32 Greek villages in the region were looted or burned and more than 12,000 Greeks were massacred. The massacres began in March of 1920 and continued through to 1921. In 1921 while following the movement of the Hellenic army, journalist Kostas Faltaits came face to face with the fleeing survivors of these massacres and compiled a book based on their eye-witness testimonies. Their stories include mass burning of people in their churches and homes, rape and sexual torture of women, and the burning of children alive. Originally published in Greek in 1921 under the title These are the Turks, the book was recently translated to English under the title The Genocide of the Greeks in Turkey (Cosmos Publishing 2016).

In March of 1921, journalist Kostas Faltaits arrived in Asia Minor (today’s Turkey) sent by newspaper Embros to cover Greece’s movements in the Greco-Turkish War. By the time he arrived in the region of Nicomedia (today’s Izmit) – a region inhabited by a large number of Greek, Armenian and Circas…

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