Exhibit Shows Russian 'Atrocities' in Turkish War 1877-8

Society | February 19, 2011, Saturday // 13:10| Views: | Comments: 9
Bulgaria: Exhibit Shows Russian 'Atrocities' in Turkish War 1877-8 The Russian army crosses the Danube into Ottoman Bulgaria, June 1877. Painting by Nikolay Dmitriev-Orenburgsky (1883).

Photographs of atrocities allegedly committed by the Russian army during the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-8, that resulted in Bulgaria's liberation from the Ottoman Empire, are on exhibit in Berlin.

The show stages Ottoman documentary photographs of civilians who have been killed or maimed at the hands of the Russian army, report the Frankfurter Allgeimene Zeitung and Deutsche Welle Bulgaria.

The photographs have been recently uncovered by German Ottomanologist Elke Hartmann. The exhibit at the Berlin Academy of Sciences is organized by Bulgarian art historian Martina Baleva, who is working in Germany.

In 2007 Baleva raised controversy in Bulgaria by investigating how art helped create the story of the Batak Massacre (1876), in which Bulgarian civilians, including women and children, were slaughtered en masse.

The photographs now on show in Berlin were commissioned by Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II and were sent out to Western governments and media in a bid to make them sensitive to the Ottoman position after the Empire lost the war.

The researchers say that the photographs throw interesting light on the development of media. To address their intended audience, the pictures sometimes used Christian symbolism and were manifestly against Muslim prohibitions to depict the human body.

Abdul Hamid II himself was an avid collector of photographs about life in the empire and was keen to use the medium for state propaganda.

The photographs on show in Berlin depict a massacre in the district of Eski Zaara (now Stara Zagora), which it is claimed affected some 20,000 Muslim civilians.

At present, internationally recognized history holds that a great number of the civilian victims in the 1877-8 war fell in the Zagora region, with some 200,000 killed and another 100,000 displaced.

Researcher Elke Hartmann discovered the pictures in the archive of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where they were received from Turkey back in the day.

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Brian Ball - 6 Dec 2013 // 01:23:44

What about the atrocities commited byt ottomans against Christians since the middle ages? The mass murder of Christians in Bulgaria and their brutal subjugation under the jizra and sharia law? The Bulgarians rebelled against their Turkish oppresors for good reason and they almost paid dearly for it were it not for Russia's assistance.

This whole exibit is biased and anti-Christian. Its just an attempt by the secular dehumanist multi cultists of Europe to denigrate Christianity and white culture. Political correctness at its worst

Smokey - 20 Feb 2011 // 01:28:26

These atrocities are atrocious. Not cool. http://67-42-88-178.tukw.qwest.net/phenom23.htm

Chushki - 19 Feb 2011 // 20:37:06

''This is like Germans showing pictures of dead Germans and ONLY German victims to try to monopolize that they alone were victims during ww2. Would anyone buy that?''

Unfortunately, this is exactly what that fat Nazi convicted pedophile Dr Goebbels does every time he posts on this forum.

Yane - 19 Feb 2011 // 20:27:22

This is like Germans showing pictures of dead Germans and ONLY German victims to try to monopolize that they alone were victims during ww2. Would anyone buy that?

West knows little of Turkish crimes, so that's why they are trying and that "science" well, I'm just wondering WHO IS PAYING for that "science".

sa-sha - 19 Feb 2011 // 15:25:17

...f..king science is not 'making it'.

Yashin - 19 Feb 2011 // 14:57:02

Unless it is exhibited together with pictures of the Bulgarian women and children slaughtered over 500 years, it is biased. In this form, it tells a story suggesting to the world that the Ottoman empire were the victims, while in fact they deserved everything they had coming to them.

sarkan - 19 Feb 2011 // 14:08:10


"What a traitor! Clearly he is biased against Bulgaria, I wonder how much the Turks are paying him. "

He's making science, idiot! But good news is that idiots like you are not supposed to be affected from real history, facts, or science; you have a complete immunity from them. So you may calm down. lol.

sa-sha - 19 Feb 2011 // 14:03:34

Was "Abdul Hamid II himself...an avid collector of photografs about" tossing & catching bulgarian children by turkish bayonets? No such photos? Sure. If there are, then the penetrating historian Martina (E!)Baleva would exibit them. No doubt...

Yane - 19 Feb 2011 // 13:41:27

What a traitor! Clearly he is biased against Bulgaria, I wonder how much the Turks are paying him. This is like the Armenian Genocide, trying to hide it under the carpet and now trying to hide massacres on Bulgarians. Trying to say that Turks were "missunderstood" and "innocent" Pah!

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