ISSN 1829-4618

THE HEROIC BATTLE OF MOUSSA LER ACCORDING TO THE TESTIMONIES OF THE EYEWITNESS SURVIVORS

By: Verjiné Svazlian, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of NAS RA

In point of fact, the Adana massacre (1909) was the beginning of the Armenian Genocide, when the Young Turks, assuming as a basis the resolutions of the secret meeting of the “Ittihat ve Terakki” party held in Salonica, in 1911, were hastily getting ready to completely exterminate the Armenian people, waiting for a propitious opportunity; this opportunity was provided, when World War I broke out. Turkey entered the war having predatory objectives and with the monstrous plan to realize the total extermination of the Armenian people. The deportation and the massacre undertaken by the Young Turk tyranny had, in the course of a few months, assumed an extensive character in Western Armenia, Cilicia and Asia Minor. One after the other, Armenian-inhabited localities of Asia Minor were also being deserted one after the other. In contrast, the majority of the participants of the Moussa Ler meeting had made the right decision and had not obeyed the deleterious order of deportation. Everybody was filled with the feeling of protest and vengeance. Men and women, children and old people left their homes and orchards and ascended the inaccessible summit of Moussa Ler, carrying with them their cattle and provisions, to heroically withstand the attack, to fight against the innumerable soldiers of the enemy, to fully defend their honor and dignity.

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