April 27, 2011
HRA Press Release
This old building, which serves now as the Turkish Islamic Arts Museum, is in fact the Ibrahim Pasha Palace which was used for long years as a prison.
This is the place where those arrested during the 24th April 1915 round-ups were kept before being sent to Haydarpasha train station to be taken into the inlands of Anatolia and from there to their death.
Today the websites of government departments, of the General Staff and other organisations loyal to the state tell a different story with exactly the same wording as if all were written by the same person. They say those arrested on the 24th of April were Armenian “Komitacis”, i.e. outlaws who were engaged in subversive activities against the state.
They all lie.
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April 25, 2011
“Leave all your belongings—your furniture, your beddings, your artifacts. Close your shops and businesses with everything inside. Your doors will be sealed with special stamps. On your return, you will get everything you left behind. Do not sell property or any expensive item. Buyers and sellers alike will be liable for legal action. Put your money in a bank in the name of a relative who is out of the country. Make a list of everything you own, including livestock, and give it to the specified official so that all your things can be returned to you later. You have ten days to comply with this ultimatum.”
—Government promulgation hanged in public places in Kayseri, June 15, 1915.
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