Djevdet Bey

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Djevdet Bey, Jevdet Bey, Cevdet Tahir Belbez[1] (? – January 15, 1955)[2] was an Albanian Ottoman governor of the Van vilayet of the Ottoman Empire during World War I and the Siege of Van. He is considered responsible for the massacres of Armenians in and around Van.[3] Clarence Ussher, a witness to these events, reported that 55,000 Armenians were subsequently killed.[4][5] In 1914, as the Kaymakam of the Sanjak of Hakkari, he worked closely together with the Ottoman Secret Service to coordinate the defense against the Russians and possible offensives against the region around Lake Urmia.[6] He wrote to Talaat Pasha that Urmia could have been captured with some more support of his superiors.[7] He succeeded Hasan Tahsin Bey as Governor of the Vilayet of Van in 1914.[8] Djevdet was a leader of the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP).[9]

He was portrayed by Elias Koteas in the 2002 film Ararat,[10] which received 2 Oscar nominations.

He was the brother-in-law of Enver Pasha[1] and son of Tahir Pasha, who was a vali of Van, Bitlis, and Mosul.[11]

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  1. ^ a b Sait Çetinoğlu, "Bir Osmanlı Komutanının Soykırım Güncesi", Birikim, 09.04.2009. (in Turkish)
  2. ^ Selcuk Uzun, "1915 „Van İsyanı“ ve Vali Cevdet (Belbez) Bey", Küyerel, 30.12.2011. (in Turkish)
  3. ^ Kévorkian, Raymond H. (2010). The Armenian genocide : a complete history (Reprinted. ed.). London: I. B. Tauris. p. 321. ISBN 1848855613.
  4. ^ Steven Leonard Jacobs, ed. (2009). Confronting genocide Judaism, Christianity, Islam. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. p. 130. ISBN 0739135902.
  5. ^ Rubenstein, Richard L. (2010). Jihad and genocide (1st pbk. ed.). Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 51. ISBN 0742562026.
  6. ^ Kaiser, Hilmar (2019). Kieser, Hans-Lukas Dieser; Anderson, Margaret Lavinia; Bayraktar, Seyhan; Schmutz, Thomas (eds.). The End of the Ottomans: The Genocide of 1915 and the Politics of Turkish Nationalism. Bloomsbury Academic. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-78831-241-7.
  7. ^ Kaiser, Hilmar (2019). Kieser, Hans-Lukas Dieser; Anderson, Margaret Lavinia; Bayraktar, Seyhan; Schmutz, Thomas (eds.), p.77
  8. ^ Kaiser, Hilmar (2019). Kieser, Hans-Lukas Dieser; Anderson, Margaret Lavinia; Bayraktar, Seyhan; Schmutz, Thomas (eds.).pp.102–103
  9. ^ Sukran Vahide (16 February 2012). Islam in Modern Turkey: An Intellectual Biography of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. SUNY Press. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-7914-8297-1.
  10. ^ "Elias Koteas". IMDb.
  11. ^ Sukran Vahide (16 February 2012). Islam in Modern Turkey: An Intellectual Biography of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. SUNY Press. pp. 27, 37. ISBN 978-0-7914-8297-1.

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