Turkish television station will censor a scene from The Pacific which features Greek Australians relaying the burning of Smyrna (Ismir) to US Marine
The Pacific a 10-episode HBO miniseries about World War II will air in Turkey minus a scene featuring dialogue about “Turks torching Smyrna” after recapturing the Aegean city from the Greek Army.
The Pacific, which focuses on the U.S. Japanese conflict during World War II, will be aired starting April 18 in Turkey without the deleted scene, the hybrid business/financial and entertainment channel CNBC-e has announced.
The scene occurs in the third episode of the series and features a Melbourne based Greek woman, played by Australian actor, Zoe Carides, talking to an American soldier, telling him the Turks “invaded and torched Smyrna” in 1922.
Smyrna a Greek city in the then Ottoman Empire. The channel said it has notified HBO of its decision to delete the scene.
A great fire took place in Smyrna in September 1922, lit by Nationalist Turks were the ones who started the blaze, this is disputed in the Turkish media and is a matter that has turned into a dispute.
Some Turkish columnists have agreed with CNBC-e and official Turkish line, denying the fire in Smyrna (now İzmir) was lit by the Turks and blame the retreating Greek army.
Others, however, say the fire started after the recapture of the city by the Turks.
“The fire started Sept. 13, four days after the city’s liberation,” wrote Engin Ardıç, a columnist for daily Sabah. “It grew and spread Sept. 14 and reached the 1st Kordon on Sept. 15 and 16.”
There are official accounts by American, British and Australian consular officials and military officers at the time, which describe scenes of devastation and wholesale slaughter of Smyrna’s Greeks by the Turkish nationalist army.
The episode screens tonight on Channel 7 at 8:30pm
(source: neos kosmos)