Among other atrocities Turks and Kurds during their massacres
of the Christians, 'Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks'. selected
the beautiful young girls distributed them among themselves or
sold them in slavery the rest were killed.,
My Grandmother Heranus
During the 1915 Armenian deportation, Mrs. Heranus
was forcibly taken away from her mother by soldiers. Her name
was changed to "Seher," she was brought up as a Muslim
girl, married, had children. Her grandchild Cetin wrote a book
ttled "My grandmother".
BIA News Center
15/12/2004 Yahya KOCOGLU
B?A (Istanbul) - Fethiye Cetin, who was
the former spokeswoman of the Minorities Commission of the Istanbul
Bar Association, tells of being the granddaughter of an Armenian
grandmother who was converted to Islam, in her book called "My
She tells of her grandmother, who was the Armenian Mrs. Heranus
from the Habab village of the Palu district (then called Maden)
of the eastern province of Elazig...
Heranus was forcibly taken away from her mother during the
1915 Armenian deportation. Her name was changed to "Seher,"
she was brought up as a Muslim girl, got married, had children
She lived for 95 years without seeing her family, brothers
and cousins, who lived in the United States, but never lost hope.
She was born an Armenian and was buried after a Muslim ceremony.
Fethiye Cetin did not know for years that her grandmother
was born an Armenian. It was after many years that she found
out the meaning of the "you've taken after us" phrase.
It was after many years that Cetin understood the meaning
of the tea breads offered during visits to friends' houses, and
the advice that she should not be scared of cemeteries but of
the living instead. And the fact that it is a family characteristic
that the back of her head sweats...
Lawyer Fethiye Cetin tells of her grandmother in her book.
But this life is the story of one of those "sword leftover"
children. Tens of whom I know I, and thousands of whom I know
Cetin explains the expression "sword leftover"
on page 79 of her book." During another of our meetings,
Hasan told me that people like me and my grandmother were called
'sword leftovers.' That people said, 'He's a sword leftover too,'
when speaking of someone like us."
"I felt like my blood was freezing up. I had heard of
this expression before. But it hurt so much to find out that
this expression was being used so cool-bloodedly for people like
my grandmother. My optimism, which was formed with memories of
tea breads, turned into a pessimism."
"Seyfo" is the word Assyrians use to define the
emigration which led to the death of hundreds of thousands of
people. The meaning of "seyfo" is a "sword."
It cannot be a coincidence that the same word "sword"
has been chosen.
There could not be a distinction between Armenians and Assyrians
at the time, while even today, the sectarian or even religious
differences of non-Muslims cannot be known. For that reason,
the emigration had included the Assyrian "giaours"
as well as the Armenians.
Cetin also wrote in her book about how she found her relatives
after her grandmother died. In the Armenian Agos newspaper published
on February 11, 2000, she wrote her grandmother's real name in
her obituary, her birthplace, the names of her parents and what
she lived through. She wrote that she was looking for her relatives
with the last name of "Gadaryan."
"We are hoping to find our relatives through this announcement.
Those relatives that we could not find during her lifetime. We
are hoping to share our pain and want those days to go away and
never come back."
The announcement was taken up in a critical way by the "Harac"
newspaper in France. Archbishop Mesrob Asciyan, who himself happened
to be from the village of Habab and a relative of the Gadaryans,
notified the family members.
That's how the two grandchildren began writing to each other.
Cetin went to the United States and met her grandmother's sister
and her own cousins. She visited the tombs of her great-grandparents.
On the cover of her book is the photograph of the tombs of the
parents of her grandmother.
One of the reasons this book is important is that it is one
of the very few books told by someone that lived through the
Besides the fact that very few of those people who lived
through the emigration are alive, the fact that they avoid talking
about it leaves the issue in the dark. Also, the stories of those
who talk about what they lived through was never published in
Turkish until recently.
Others should also tell of and write about what they've been
through... So that the wound is scratched open and the puss within
is dripped out.... (YK/NM/EA/YE)
* My Grandmother, Fethiye Cetin. Metis Edebiyat Publishing
House, 116 pages, 6 million 500 thousand Turkish liras (USD 4.5).
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