© Berge Arabian
© Berge Arabian
Armenians of Turkey couldn’t have just disappeared, Turkish writer says
Omer Akin’s first novel, “Mount Tosbit”, tells about the Armenians of the village of Armash (then Akmes). The novel details a segment of the Armenians’ lives in 1914-1915, where the author examines the historical and cultural heritage of Armenians.
In a conversation with Akunq.net, the writer said he has learnt that Akmes is an Armenian village at the age of 20. He started collecting information on their lifestyle in Armash, with a still standing Armenian mill and a half-ruined publishing house helping him in his endeavor.
“My grandmother recounted that they had a beautiful house before moving to Armash, but were unable to find a single standing home in the new village after 1915,” the author says.
“First, I wrote a short story about the Armenian church near Armash. Some time later, one of my friends contacted me and said that his grandfather was deeply moved by my story: he was Armenian. All this served as an impetus for creation of the novel based on real events,” he said.
Akin is confident that Armenians living in Armash and other parts of Turkey could not just disappear. “Regardless of reasons, it is unacceptable to deport the people who had been living in those lands for centuries. Instead of burying our heads in the sand because of some nationalistic, discriminatory feelings, we should face the truth. All the Armenian houses were destroyed in Armash, with the mill and the publishing house still standing. Sometimes, people say: “Armenians destroyed their houses themselves when leaving the village.” How could one even imagine that? Why didn’t my ancestors demolish their homes when moving to Armash?” the author questions.