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Oral history interview with Avedis Alabilikian, 1968.

Creator: Alabilikian, Avedis
Project: Columbia Armenian Oral History Archive.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript 45 pages sound recording 1 audio disc (65 min., 35 sec., digital ; 4 3/4 in.) sound recording 1 reel
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Scope and Contents

Early life in Yozgat, near Istanbul; family influence and wealth, family size and make-up; early education: mixture of Armenians and Turks in schools; impressions of Armenian culture, business; role of Christianity; relationship between Armenians and Turks prior to 1915; beginnings of the Armenian massacre, 1915: disappearance of men, separation of women from their families and the killing of women and children, recollection of specific scenes of massacres; ideological techniques used to persuade Turkish soldiers to kill Armenians; immigration to the United States; dressing as a female to escape capture; separation from father, mother and siblings; subsequent location of sister through efforts of aunt; auntâ„—s purchase of sister from man who owned her; placement in Armenian orphanage with sister for three years; eventual immigration of family members to the United States; reflections on the impact of the Armenian massacre and the devastation of Yozgat.


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Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, and the Armenian Education Council, 2004.

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