The Grandchildren: The Hidden Legacy of 'Lost' Armenians in Turkey

The Grandchildren: The Hidden Legacy of 'Lost' Armenians in Turkey

By: Fethiye Cetin (author), Aye Gul Altnay (author), Maureen Freely (translator), Gerard J. Libaridian (foreword_author)Hardback

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The Grandchildren is a collection of intimate, harrowing testimonies by grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Turkey's "forgotten Armenians"-the orphans adopted and Islamized by Muslims after the Armenian genocide. Through them we learn of the tortuous routes by which they came to terms with the painful stories of their grandparents and their own identity. The postscript offers a historical overview of the silence about Islamized Armenians in most histories of the genocide. When Fethiye cetin first published her groundbreaking memoir in Turkey, My Grandmother, she spoke of her grandmother's hidden Armenian identity. The book sparked a conversation among Turks about the fate of the Ottoman Armenians in Anatolia in 1915. This resulted in an explosion of debate on Islamized Armenians and their legacy in contemporary Muslim families. The Grandchildren (translated from Turkish) is a follow-up to My Grandmother, and is an important contribution to understanding survival during atrocity. As witnesses to a dark chapter of history, the grandchildren of these survivors cast new light on the workings of memory in coming to terms with difficult pasts.

About Author

Aye Gul Altnay teaches anthropology, cultural studies, and gender studies at Sabanc University in Istanbul, Turkey. With Yeim Arat, she won the PEN Turkey's Duygu Asena Award in 2008 for their book Gender Based Violence in Turkey. Fethiye Cetin is a human rights activist and attorney in Turkey. Her bestselling book, My Grandmother, received Prix Armenia 2006 in France. Gerard Libaridian is the editor of Transaction's Armenian Studies series. Maureen Freely is a novelist and a professor at the University of Warwick, UK.


Foreword to the Turkish Edition, Ayse Gul Altinay and Fethiye cetin Foreword to the Transaction Edition, Ayse Gul Altinay and Fethiye cetin Preface to the Turkish Edition, Fethiye cetin Acknowledgments Introduction to the Transaction Edition, Gerard Libaridian Guide to Turkish Pronunciation Map The Stories The First Time You Hear It, You Want to Go Out onto the Balcony and Shout, Baris It's a Terrible Thing to Have Had My Origins Hidden from Me, Deniz All This Hiding Makes a Person Feel Insecure, Arif If They Were the Ones Doing the Plundering, They Would Have Taken Their Gold with Them, Ruya Thousands of Women Share This Story, Gulcin Why Did My Father Have No Aunts, Uncles, or Cousins?, Nukhet In the Media, They Use "Armenian" Like a Curse Word. That's So Horribly Hurtful, Naz Because You Have This "Other Identity," You Go into a Cold Sweat, Wondering What Is Going to Happen to You, Qesra Kiso Ozlemi I Found Out That My Grandmother Was Armenian while Doing My Military Service, Mehmet The Infidel Girl Bedriye's Son, Bedrettin Aykin You're Living Your Life. One Morning You Wake Up and Go to Your Death. How Can You Explain Something Like That?, Zerdust People Must Accept the Facts about Their Lives, Ayca Silent All Their Lives, as If They Had Committed Some Crime, Gulsad My Grandmother Was Named Vartanus, Her Sister, Siranus, Vecibe Today Is the Day When Armenians Color Their Eggs Red and Pass Them Around, Halide My Grandmother Was Discovered Sitting Underneath a Tree in the Mountains at the Age of Four, Murat Let Me Honor His Memory, Even If It's Just Two Lines, Henaramin Why Are There Only Grandmothers? Why Don't They Ever Have Families?, Sima Now Why Would This Sort of Person Tell a Lie?, Salih It Can't Be Easy, Living with That on Your Conscience, Melek Our Children Need to Learn from History, Asli We Have Yet to Create a Philosophy in the Name of Peace and Brotherhood, Ali Can I Look at the History of Ordu through My Grandmother's Story?, Berke Bas We're Digging Up the Past for the Sake of the Future, Elif Postscript Unraveling Layers of Silencing: Where Are the Converted Armenians?, Ayse Gul Altinay Bibliography Commentary, Maureen Freely Glossary

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  • ISBN13: 9781412853910
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9781412853910
  • weight: 476
  • ISBN10: 1412853915

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