Bülent Bakar

Keywords: Armisticce, Orphanage, Turkish, Armenian, Orphan

Abstract

Thousands of children, lost their families, during the First World War, became a very serious problem for the State. Due to continuous increase in the number of orphans, orphanages became insufficient. The government had to take new precautions and sent the orphans to the Muslim families with an allowance for their necessities. After Mondros Armistice, the government ordered the wilayats (governorates) to deliver the orphans who stay in the orphanages and with the Muslim families, to their relatives or communities. The delivery process was very suffering. Some of Turkish orphans, was requested by the Christian communities with a claim that they were Christian in origin. The article intends to analyze the process, using archival material and the press.

After Mondros Armistice, the government ordered the wilayats (governorates) to deliver the orphans who stay in the orphanages and with the Muslim families, to their relatives or communities. The delivery process was very suffering. Some of Turkish orphans, was requested by the Christian communities with a claim that they were Christian in origin. The article intends to analyze the process, using archival material and the press.