Majority of people in Anatolia have Armenian grandmothers

Majority of people in Anatolia have Armenian grandmothers –

Islamized Armenian family with Kurdish names and surnames from Van (Photo by Hrayr Tatikyan)

PanARMENIAN – Correspondent at Turkish-based Armenian newspaper Agos, Vercihan Ziflioğlu authored a book about Turkey’s hidden Armenians, titled “Story of Armenians of Purgatory,” reports, citing

The author analyzes the struggle of Armenians who were forced to conceal their identity and live in a Muslim society for already 100 years.

Ziflioğlu presents the chronology of the most important developments for Crypto-Armenians, including Hrant Dink’s murder on January 19, 2007, the publishing of Fethiye Çetin’s book “My grandmother,” announcements in Agos newspaper by people who were looking for their families, the restoration and reopening of the Armenian churches of Van, Kayseri, Diyarbakir and other events.

Ziflioğlu also reminds about the Armenian women, who were abducted at the beginning of the last century. Emphasizing the fact that mainly Kurds live in areas previously inhabited by Armenians, the author writes: “Four out of five people we met in Anatolia had Armenian grandmothers.”

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