ARMENIAN REBELLIONS AND MASSACRES
Of Van - Zeve Mass-Grave
in Van - Interview with Witnesses
In the excavations that were started on
April 4th 1990 in the cemetery for martyrs near Zeve which is in the vicinity of
Citören Village that is located at 18 km. north-west of Van province, in
accordance with oral statements of the eyewitness "Ibrahim Sargin" who witnessed
the event, after removal of 30-40 cm thick earth, massacred human skeletons were
found. It was observed that some of the skulls were broken, some were crushed
and some were cracked and burnt. The most important findings of the excavations
were poniard (khanjars) and daggers, a lot of cartridges, pieces of silk
clothes, necklaces with bead of Sultan Reshad's monogram, amulets covered with
wax, copper coins and glass buttons.
When these findings
are combined with the statements of the eyewitness, the following information
are obtained: The Armenian guerrillas who entered the district under Russian
support in 1915 started attacking the villages, killing innocent Turkish and
Moslem people. The Armenian guerillas brought into Zeve village about 2000-2500
people who were gathered by force from eight villages in the district and were
put in houses and barns. They first tortured these people with piercing and
cutting tools and then opened fire at them. Then, they set all houses on fire.
Materials found in the excavation have been exhibited at
" Massacre Section"
in Van Museum.