When was it?

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Sofia Kontogeorge Kostos

When was it?
that Germans and Turks
of Central Powers-
pulled from their uniforms,

ORDERS FROM HEADQUARTERS:

“Start from the East; sweep to the Black Sea;
continue through to Cappadocia; later-
swing towards the Ionian West.
There’s a shortage of bullets,
take as long as it takes- be thorough!

Phase I:
“Release your lusts.
Rip! Rape! Plunder!
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Without mercy: Stab,
kick, drown, burn!
Strip trunks, roots,
branches. Tear! Uproot! Bury!
Clear the land – neither twigs,
nor splinters leave.

“Sticks and stones
will break their bones,
and names will mark them.
Call them useless lumber-
until all Armenians, Greeks,
Assyrians, are eradicated.

Phase II:
“Prevent Ambassador Morgenthau from
publishing particulars of our crimes!
Render him and his protests useless.
Confiscate all witness books,
remain unrepentant-
‘Was Their Fault’ must be our motto.
Carry on, until the job is done!’

For the lure of coveted minerals,
and the Baghdad Railway Lines-
church bells toll no more. And,
names like:
Mosharopoulos – Papazian – Pincaro –
not heard any longer.

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pain knew no bounds
-in the land of their mothers,
and their mothers’ mothers
before them.

So it was
to their final days.

Sofia Kontogeorge Kostos
USA


1 German: nutzloses bauholtz English: useless lumber

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Adm. Guido Von Usedom-
He [German Admiral Usedom] said that the Armenians were in the way, that they were an obstacle to German success, and that it had there fore been necessary to remove them, just like so much useless lumber. He spoke about them as detachedly as one would speak about removing a row of houses i n order to bombard a city.

Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story by Henry Morgenthau
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One Reply to “When was it?”

  1. My good friend and historian Stavros Stavridis sent me the copy from the Australian newspaper “The Register” after my book BEFORE THE SILENCE: ARCHIVAL NEWS REPORTS OF THE CHRISTIAN HOLOCAUST THAT BEGS TO BE REMEMBERED” WENT TO PRESS.

    I READ THAT GERMANY’S ADMIRAL USEDOM REFERRED TO THE GREEKS AND ARMENIANS AS “USELESS LUMBER.” THOSE WORDS UPSET MY VERY CORE. THUS MY POEM….

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