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Armenian Death March Experiences, Part 2

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Title

Armenian Death March Experiences, Part 2

Subject

Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Antranik Enkababian, 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

Enkababian, Antranik

Relation

G36-00005
Tape number: 4022C

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.
Malatya (Turkey)

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Enkababian, Antranik

Transcription

Oh, we didn't come to that. Then we came a place called Franjilar (inaudible) -- oh, before that, my youngest uncle (inaudible) caught. And he was with us in one place; they take my aunt away, and my uncle of course (inaudible) to do something. They killed him right there, my uncle, and took my aunt away. And after armistice she had two children by Turks, came back to the Christianity. No other nation did that. I know there were Armenians in New York that they were two sisters; they had children from Turks. They ran away. They (inaudible) where we were living. And we are that kind of Christian. We don't -- they didn't know details like science. They believed to it, Christianity. And the same there, another woman they were taking away by force like that, with bayonets. You see the blood running, but you can't stay. You have to move, move and move.

Then we came to Franjilar, someplace near a city of Malatya. I think we stayed there ten days or something, I don't know why. The only thing, when I was walking around, I see babies. I mean, babies, thirty, twenty-five, I don't know. They were lying there, and all dirty, flies and things, sobbing, near to dying. Who knows what happened to their parents. They were dying. I never forget that. That was very sad picture. And while we were there, you hear once in a while the screaming, crying, or who knows what is happening over there. And by the way, my youngest brother and one of my baby cousins died during those walks. My grandmother died over there in Franjilar.

After that, they deported us, started the mountains. That was the worst thing. We go there maybe twelve, fourteen carts, hatchets, and guns and everything, bayonets. You're scared. There was rocks; to me it looks like a passage or something, I don't know. There were twelve, fourteen of them, pulling the women away. They're screaming and everything. Anybody (inaudible), they killed you right there, in the place. Nobody even had to cry anymore to defend them, their people. I saw three or four of them like that, and in the back you hear the screaming. That's the worst place. I was scared. Very worst place. I don't know what to do to myself, holding my mother or something.

And that uncle, the other one, he dress like woman and he hold my baby sister in his lap to look like woman. And women start to put soil on their face, anything to look older. They did everything not to be kidnapped by those people. Those are mountains. Nobody had any money. No food. And leaves or grass, dry something, we used to eat those. And all rocks; our shoes are worn out already. Very bad. One place, gendarmes walked in the top, and it was a windy day. There was a narrow place to walk, and it was a windy day. Few people tumbled down in the valley: one of my cousins happened the same thing. And then things got very, very bad, and I don't know how many days.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

00:05:47

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Armenian Death March Experiences, Part 2,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed September 20, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/442.

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