Armenian Death March Experiences, Part 1
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Yeah. After that place, there's a place, Hasancelebi. I don't know how far it is from Keutu Khan. All the men they put in prison, and we think that they slaughter all the men. It's from the cities they brought them to. And it was so tight, the place, people fainted. This I know because my father saw an opening someplace in the prison, and he goes and looks for his brothers -- imagine -- and he find two of them. One escapes, the other escapes. I guess the time he gonna escape, they noticed it. He never came out from there, escaped.
Not in Hasancelebi; afterwards, when we were in Antep, when I was, say, nine, ten years old. In Antep. But when we were -- the worst started after Hasancelebi. When the caravan goes, you see them from the mountain. People come like ants, with clubs and things and guns. At the beginning, was just taking our clothes and things, people's necklaces and things like that, when it starting. It got worse.
Then after we go another day, I guess, or two, people came with guns and bayonets and clubs, taking the women away and maybe their sons or what, putting -- (phone rings) they killed them right there. (phone rings) I scared so much, you know. But the thing is, you can't stay. You have to walk. The gendarmes make you walk all the time. You have no time to feel sorry for anything. We go -- I guess same day, maybe.
It was another time we saw that they putting the women -- young girls, maybe; who knows -- and mothers or sisters maybe, who knows. They (inaudible), and you scared to see the blood. But you can't feel sorry. I don't know if the world is like that too, maybe. You can't feel sorry, you have to move! Gendarmes make you move. You have to go. And finally the (inaudible) get nothing, just whatever we had on our body, wearing (inaudible).