|Photo courtesy of Özcan Gülkesen|
No longer the Bilezikdjian home. Photo taken c. 2000, Marash (now known as Kahraman Marash), Turkey
They say the house had the most magnificent baths!1917 Marash German hospital - Marash Alman Hastanesi. Photo courtesy of Özcan Gülkesen
This was the house in which Garabed Agha Bilezikdjian hid his extended family during the Armenian Genocide. As Grandpa Peter told it, there was a family in every corner of the living room. There was a high wall around the house and a well for water in the center, both of which allowed for survival of the family.
When the photographer was asked why the house was in such disrepair, he said that some kerosene sniffers inadvertently caused the house to be set on fire. It is well known in the city of Marash as the former abode of the Bilezikdjian Family.
A photo of the German Hospital in Marash, Turkey, where Marash Girl's Grandma Yepros used to work c. 1918-1922. She worked for a loaf of bread a day! It was in this hospital that she saw the Turkish soldier wearing the coat of her mother-in-law, Marta Ganimian Bilezikdjian. When Grandma Yepros admired the coat, he bragged, I took that coat off of the giavour before Ithrew her into the ovens! Grandma Yepros, who the soldier thought was Turkish, had all she could do to quell her grief stricken screams and continue to care for the injured Turkish soldier at Alman Hastanesi. Oh, Marash Girl shouldn't tell you that; it's too awful and she had forgotten until this moment!