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An Armenian's Escape from the Turks

Dublin Core

Title

An Armenian's Escape from the Turks

Subject

Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.
Mass burials.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Nazar Melkonian, survivor of the Armenian genocide. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida, Tampa Library.

Date

1999-06-24

Contributor

Melkonian, Nazar
MacFarlane, Joan

Relation

G36-00009
Tape number: 4125D

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

MacFarlane, Joan

Interviewee

Melkonian, Nazar

Transcription

Armenian. They pick Armenian, nobody but Armenian. But so the guy, the people that pick us, they all got guns on their shoulder, you know. So they got us, they take us over to the big field, way far from our village. They start shooting, you know, they kill. I've seen hundreds of men, dead people.

They drag -- they don't even touch anymore. It's summertime; it smells, you know. With the hook -- they make wooden hook, they gave some young people, you know. They hook it up by their clothes or by neck and drag. They have a big ditch dug there already, big ditches out there. So they bring that and drop them over there, hundreds of them; you know, it's not only few, it's hundreds of them. So after they got that filled up they got another one already, hundreds of them. So that goes on and on, you know.

Finally I got back to the place where one night my mama said, "You know what, we are going to go -- we going to escape from here." She said, "I know somebody; he was friend of your father." My father (inaudible) years back, he had a little bit of a store -- they sell dried goods, you know; she was selling dried goods.

Anyway, so at night we escaped. At night we went, knock on the door of the people that -- they wake up and they says, "Oh, is this Anna?" Yes. So they took us in that night. A couple of days, again they pick it. They took my sister.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:13

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “An Armenian's Escape from the Turks,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed August 24, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/284.