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Horrors of the Armenian Genocide

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Title

Horrors of the Armenian Genocide

Subject

Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.

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

2000-11-19

Contributor

Melkonian, Nazar
McFarlane, Joan

Relation

G36-00009
Tape number: 4126NA

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.
Harput (Turkey)

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

McFarlane, Joan

Interviewee

Melkonian, Joan

Transcription

You know worst thing that I've seen, I know it's unbelievable. Hundreds of -- as I mentioned a little while ago, hundreds of -- hundreds of them they dragged, you know. They had hook; they don't hold it. They drag the body by the clothes or by neck, dropped them, put them in the big ditches they have already dug, you know, big ditches. And that's the worst thing.

And another thing I've seen besides that: I'm staying with the Kurds, you know. One day I'm -- one time I'm sick. I'm sick; I'm shivering like a leaf. Believe you me, I'm shivering like a leaf, lying down on the sidewalk, like we say. There comes a well-dressed man and a woman. They are -- they're dressed up, they are really nice looking people.

The man look at me, says, "You know what?" He tells the lady, "This young boy is shivering, you know. I can put a bullet in his head, he will be too. I can put a bullet in his head, and he's got it too." The lady says, "Leave him alone. Leave him." I could have been dead then, right there and then. But the lady, she's good hearted. She says, "Leave him alone." So, they went back.

I felt better again, and I kept living again. I kept with the Turkish people again. So that goes on and on. I've traveled all over the Harput, from one place to another. But I still made it.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:05

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Horrors of the Armenian Genocide,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed August 24, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/447.

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