The anniversary of the liberation of Tripoli

The anniversary of the liberation of Tripoli
The anniversary of the liberation of Tripoli

Our region had its due in the daily delirium of the Turkish Prime Minister. He remembered the anniversary of the massacre of Tripolitsa and said that “the Greeks slaughtered Turks, Albanians and Jews”.

Our own ethnonihilists sometimes say the same thing… Today they “appear to be silent”. Most Greeks are ignorant of the facts, because they are not taught them (they may also have the misfortune of falling victim to ethnonihilist propaganda). Let’s look at the events a little, to know what had happened. And to understand why Erdogan is afraid (when he understands that many times in their history the Turks have suffered holocausts).


Yes, not two hundred, out of the 3,500 who had come. The Turkalvans found themselves in Tripoli as mercenaries of the Turks. They arrived here in May 1821, after passing through Argos, where they burned the houses of the leaders of the Revolution, burned the Despot’s house, destroyed the school of Argos and took with them “as hostages” some girls. Their leader was Kehayabeis Mustafas and deputy leader Elmaz Beys.

The Turkalvans, when they saw that the cordon around Tripoli was narrowing, like good lads, sold the Turks (!!!!), betrayed their leader and negotiated with Kolokotronis for their departure. Elmaz Bey was the negotiator on their behalf.

When they left, they took their weapons, their money, their wives (they had married widowed Ottoman ladies from Tripoli) and Plaputas also went as a hostage (in the capacity of Kolokotronis’ nephew). However, 200 of the 3,500 did not they followed the others, despite the fact that Kolokotronis swore to them on the “four books of the prophet Isa” (= the four Gospels). They fought and were killed in the streets of Tripoli.


No. Clearly not. Kolokotronis was at the “gate of Kalavryta”, the northern gate of Tripoli (then it had walls all around). The capture took place from the “porta tou Anaplio”, south-eastern gate.

A body of Castrites, Agiopetrites and Prastiotes took the initiative, fooled a “topcsi” (=Turkish cannon operator) and they climbed up suddenly, opened the “door of Anaplio” and began to bombard the inner city with the cannon. From the now open door they made a general attack, without any order, all the Greeks. They burned and slaughtered everything in front of them. It was what theorists call “the spontaneous movement of the masses.”

Apparently it was not logic that prevailed, but class (they were serfs), national (they had no national rights) and religious (their religious rites were hindered) hatred. As soon as the captains (Kolokotronis, Petrobeis, etc.) realized what was happening, they intervened and saved everything they could.


Yes. The Jews found themselves in Tripoli in a strange way in the 1770s and 1780s. Together with the Turkalvan hordes. With their protection they indulged in unprecedented usury (!!!) They remained even when the Turks restored order. They continued their usurious operations, with Ottoman magnates (not Greeks) as their main victims. They controlled the trade of the city behind the backs of the Turks.

It was part of the Ottoman Empire. During the siege of Tripoli by the Greeks (March to September 1821) some of them, bribing the besiegers, left and took refuge in Nafplio.

The rest stayed. In December 1821 these Jews beheaded the Reader Gelberis from Kosmas of Kynouria alive in the streets of Nafplio. With the liberation of our city, these Jews left with the Turks. In the census of 1825 in Nafplion, only one Judea “the widow Samuilaina” and her five orphaned children are mentioned. In the following censuses we do not find her.


I hope no one doubts that there were such. Fotakos mentions Kougia. The most impressive thing is that the Old Patronus Germanos mentions Patrinos exomotis, as the most brutal and cruel torturer of all the Turks.


No. The Old Patronus Germanos insists in his memoirs that many of the prominent Ottomans had Greek friends and stayed in their homes throughout the Peloponnese. His description embellishes the facts, for reasons of political expediency (=the Despot is wicked).

The Greeks also took many captive slaves. It is reported that the captain Giannakis Dagres from Karya had two children (boy, girl) in his house and Bresthenis Theodoritos was found with a black hippocampus (!)

In the end, Erdogan said what he wanted to say by presenting the story in his own interest.

The article is in Greek

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