Friday, January 30, 2015

Love in the Time of Marash . . .

The presentation, Grandmothers & Grandchildren, presented by Fethiye Cetin (human rights activist and attorney in Turkey) and Ayse Gul Altinay (Professor of Anthropology at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey) on Wednesday evening at the Watertown Public Library, (Watertown, Massachusetts) brought to mind a conversation Marash Girl had with her father many years ago.  The conversation went like this:

Didn't they ever fall in love -- the Turkish men with Armenian women, the Armenian men with Turkish women?  asked teenaged Marash Girl of her father who had been born in Marash.

Yes, they did, but that was quickly put to an end, replied her father.

How? asked innocent Marash Girl.

They were murdered in their beds the very first night they were together.

By whom? insisted Marash Girl.

By either side, depending on which way it went.  The couple never survived to tell the tale, her father told her.


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