The Adana Massacre

Date 1909

Type

  • Blurb (Image & Text)

Chapter

  • A Crumbling Empire

For a few brief months it seemed as if peace was possible. But in April 1909, counterrevolutionaries in Constantinople sought to restore Sultan Abdul Hamid. As news of the counterrevolution spread, an enraged mob besieged the prosperous Armenian community in the far-off city of Adana. The countercoup was quickly suppressed, and the CUP emerged an efficient and brutal governing body. Young Turk soldiers were ordered to Adana under the pretense of restoring order. Instead, they further brutalized the city, claiming that the Armenians provoked them.

By the end of April 1909, thousands of Armenians had been massacred at Adana. The city was almost completely destroyed.