Eyewitness to Armenian Massacres

2493_2Today, April 24, is being marked in Armenia and the Armenian diaspora as the centennial Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

One of the more riveting testimonies to the massacres appears in the memoirs of a Jewish native of Rishon Lezion, Eitan Belkind (1897-1979), who served in the Ottoman army, and who travelled through Syria and Mesopotamia on army business in the spring of 1915.

On Belkind (pictured), see here. The vivid passage from his memoir (translated from Hebrew by Yair Auron) is here.

(From Martin Kramer’s Facebook page).

  • pop

    We won’t forget.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    To clarify, Nili was the prototype of the Mossad, and Belkind was spying for the British. Information gathered by Nili enabled Anzac forces in the Negev to overcome the Turkish defenses of Beersheba and open the road to Hebron and Jerusalem.

  • Waffle

    Here’s one little Armenian they didn’t get. And yes, he’s still around!