On This Day September 13, 1922: Turkish Army Sets Smyrna Ablaze


September 13, 1922: The Turkish nationalist army lit four fires around the perimeter of the Armenian neighborhood of Smyrna, which eventually spread and engulfed much of the city, leaving hundreds of thousands of helpless refugees– mainly Greeks, to flee to the waterfront.

What followed was one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes of the 20th century. The story of the Smyrna fire is told in remarkable detail in Lou Ureneck’s book The Great Fire. Get the book here.


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