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Hiding in Kurdish Country

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Title

Hiding in Kurdish Country

Subject

Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Nazar Melkonian, survivor of the Armenian genocide. This video clip 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: 4126NB

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

McFarlane, Joan

Interviewee

Melkonian, Nazar

Transcription

As I told you, they were all picked up. Not only me: my mother, hundreds of others. They take us out there to kill us. They take us out in the field. Big tent -- baseball place, I would say -- and they kill us. They kill us, nothing but that. But while we are there I just get saved, you know, just walk back -- I mean, run right back.

Oh, my God, you can hear the bullets coming there, all over. In fact, I seen a man -- as I said, he had lady's dress on. They were supposed to not kill the ladies first, you know. When I walk back he says, "Magar, aren't you shamed you are wearing a lady's dress?" and hit him with an axe. Not only bullet, with an axe! They don't want to want to use any more bullets. Axe: he chopped him down and he fell down, and I'm on walking right by. I just walk right by. That's how I got right back, yeah.

These things, I have seen it actually. Each and every word that I'm saying, it's true and true. There is no make up, you know. Why should I make any make up, anyway, first of all? Yeah.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

1:52

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Hiding in Kurdish Country,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed May 20, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/448.

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