Istanbul’s Kristallnacht Turns 60

On September 6-7, 1955, Istanbul’s Greek Christians underwent the “most destructive pogrom…in Europe since the infamous Kristallnacht” of 1938 Nazi Germany, eminent Greek-American historian Speros Vryonis, Jr. has written.  As he wrote in the extensively documented 2005 book The Mechanism of Catastrophe:  The Turkish Pogrom of September 6-7, 1955, and the Destruction of the Greek Community of Istanbul, these important events remain “virtually unknown” even today.

  • DMB

    Between the Armenian genocide and the destruction of the Greek community of Istanbul Turkey has a lot to answer for.

  • pike bishop

    I’m not familiar with particular episode almost within my lifetime. I could only read to the forced circumcion part.

  • Maggat

    Call a spade a spade, it’s islam.

    • Islam just gets along swell with everyone.

      • Maggat

        That is an example of friendly islamic interaction with their fellow countrymen and neighbours.

      • BillyHW

        Best neighbours you could ever have. And the most fragrant!

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Given what has been happening in Greece these days I don’t really blame the Terks for this one.
    I can’t stand Greeks.
    Their restaurants are cesspits.

  • Muslims are savages.

  • simus1

    Tenacity is a virtue which is usually / eventually rewarded.
    But not allahways.
    A very realistic grasp of one’s ongoing prospects among hostile animals is also very critical in any life.
    “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:6).