By Philip Chrysopoulos
YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia) — Researcher Vicken Babkenian wrote how a Japanese ship saved the lives of hundreds Armenians and Greeks from genocide in Smyrna in 1922, and the overall humanitarian aid provided by the Japanese.
Babkenian, along with Professor Peter Stanley, are the authors of the book Armenia, Australia and the Great War.
In the book, they wrote about the widely unknown humanitarian aid that the Japanese showed towards Greeks and Armenians, during that turbulent time.
The most remarkable story of Japanese humanitarianism during the 1922 Smyrna catastrophe is about the captain and crew of a Japanese ship, who saved many lives.
Hundreds of thousands of Armenian and Greek refugees had fled to the quay of Smyrna as Turkish troops entered and occupied the city on September 9, 1922. The Turkish occupation was followed by the massacre and deportation of Armenian and Greek civilians.