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  • August 7th, which is the official day for remembering fallen Assyrians. On August 7, 1933, Iraqi soldiers and Arab and Kurdish tribesmen surrounded the Assyrian village of Simmele, in north Iraq, and three days later killed all 3,000 men, women and children living there and in the surrounding area. The Simmele Massacre, as it is has come to known, was the first military act of the newly independent Iraq, which gained statehood from the British in 1932.

    August 7th, yooma d-sahdeh in Assyrian (Day of the Martyrs), is a day for remembering not only the victims at Simmele, but all Assyrian victims of genocide.

    In Chicago a memorial to Assyrian victims of genocide stands. The memorial is inscribed with the names of the nearly 1,000 Assyrian villages and towns that were destroyed during in Turkish Genocide of Assyrians in World War I.

    The Martyrs Monument at Montrose Cemetary was sponsored by Dr. Norman Solhkhah and Dr. Edison Ishaya.

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