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Mary Enkababian's Family History

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Title

Mary Enkababian's Family History

Subject

Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Mary Enkababian, wife and daughter of Armenian genocide survivors. 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

Enkababian, Mary

Relation

G35-00006
Tape number: 4023MB

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.
Gaziantep, Turkey.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Enkababian, Mary

Transcription

Right, my parents -- my father lived in a city called Antep, in southeastern Turkey. And he got married young, and he had a son. The Balkan Wars came and he was called for military service, and he went and told the authorities that he was married and had a son. But he said, "I knew what the Turks were. That wouldn't matter to them, if they wanted to take me."

So he came home and decided he was gonna leave, and he told his wife he was gonna leave. And her parents said, "Oh, no, we did not give our daughter to you to take away. You want to go to Egypt, you go yourself." So he went to Egypt to avoid fighting in the Balkan Wars, and that was like 1912. And while he was there, he was thinking about what he was going to do to bring his wife and this happened, the massacres happened.

And after 1919, he went back to look for his family. He took time off from his work; he went back to Antep to find his family. He found a man who was a tailor, who said to him, "John, don't even look for your son. He was burned so badly," he said, "he couldn't have survived, and it was forbidden to help them."

They had tied about 100 children in a circle with rope, poured kerosene on them, and set them on fire. When the rope burned away -- my brother must have been on the outer edge -- he went and sat by a wall somewhere, and he told us this story after he was found, that an Arab came along and took off whatever he had that was not burned, and he was sitting there naked. And another Arab came along and saw that he was a boy and he was burned, but he took him and put him in his mishlah, they call it, their robes that they wear. And my brother said, "We swam across a river." They went across the Euphrates. And he said, "It was summer, it was winter, it was summer again before I got better," he said, so he was sick a long time with those burns.

The man, when he took him home, he says to his wife, "We have four daughters, and you're always angry that we don't have a son. I brought you a son." So my brother grew up in this place.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

00:03:04

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Mary Enkababian's Family History,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed August 24, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/288.

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