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Ambushed by Simko, Part 1

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Title

Ambushed by Simko, Part 1

Subject

Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.
Simko, -- 1875-1930.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Souren Aprahamian, 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

1999-11-19

Contributor

Aprahamian, Souren
MacFarlane, Joan

Relation

G36-00002
Tape number: 4126B

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.
Khūy (Iran)

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

MacFarlane, Joan

Interviewee

Aprahamian, Souren

Transcription

Well, that mistake saved our lives. Had we gone back -- there were 30,000 of us in Van when we started. 15,000 went back. In that group that went back was my uncle Dickran and his family, and the widow of my other uncle and his four kids. They all vanished, all 15,000 gone.

We got to the border of Persia, and our military command sent a letter to the governor of Khūy -- that's a large Persian city before you reach the border of Russian Armenia and Persia. Well, the governor, instead of answering the letter, which said, "We have no intentions of harming you; all we want is passage; we're not gonna bother you." Well, he turned the letter to the Kurdish bandit Simko. Well, Simko was famous for his treachery and his hatred of Armenians. When the Russians were winning, he went back with them to Tiflis, got arms and ammunition from (inaudible), an ally, goes back home. He was no ally to nobody.

Well, we had to go through a gorge, the valley of the Koldola River: two perpendicular sides river running on the -- heading east on the right side. Well, the Russians had built a military road paralleling the river in this gorge, and we're going to that to reach the city of Khūy. But somewhere in the middle of that valley, Simko and his gang ambushed us, bullets just raining down from both sides. And someone said, "Take shelter behind the boulders, the rocks."

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

00:03:00

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Ambushed by Simko, Part 1,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed December 9, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/434.

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