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YEGISABETH KASEBIAN IS AN ARMENIAN GRANDMOTHER — UNLIKE OTHER DIASPORA GRANDMOTHERS SHE SAYS THAT TURKISH SOLDIERS PROTECTED THEM DURING THE RELOCATION AND DID NOT HARM THEM,AS OTHERS HAVE BEEN
CLAIMING FOR AGES.
YEGISABETH KASEBIAN IS AN ARMENIAN GRANDMOTHER — UNLIKE OTHER DIASPORA GRANDMOTHERS SHE SAYS THAT TURKISH SOLDIERS PROTECTED THEM DURING THE RELOCATION AND DID NOT HARM THEM,AS OTHERS HAVE BEEN
CLAIMING FOR AGES.

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An Armenian Grandmother Vouches for the Turks
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Professor Mahmut Esat Ozan has been the rare, tirelessvoice in the United States, putting up his dukes in the seaof Turcophobes for many years. Here is a late 2005commentary of his that appeared in The Turkish Forum; itis placed away from his normal commentarysection,because the subject matter is that important: one of thevery rare times the "Armenians" let down their guard andallowed the real truth to slip.The article will be followed by the testimony of otherArmenians that go against Diaspora views.
YEGISABETH KASEBIAN IS AN ARMENIANGRANDMOTHER — UNLIKE OTHERDIASPORA GRANDMOTHERS SHE SAYSTHAT TURKISH SOLDIERS PROTECTEDTHEM DURING THE RELOCATION AND DIDNOT HARM THEM,AS OTHERS HAVE BEENCLAIMING FOR AGES
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called Fatma Sarikaya)NO ARMENIAN ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER BELIEVE THAT THEFOLLOWING STORY IS TRUE. THEY ONLY HEARD THEOPPOSITE INVENTED SIDE ALL THEIR LIVESI do not believe that any Armenian person, man or woman, youngor old, rich or poor would admit that the story below could haveever happened. These unfortunate people almost from infancy onhave been fed a pabulum called the' Armenian genocide,' plus agoodly portion of pure hatred for the Turks. This has been theirgospel truth inculcated in them not only in their homes andChurches but also at every phase of their lives from cradle tograve.When I first heard recently about the story below, I promisedmyself to publicize it as many times as I could in the future. Thatis what I am doing here to let the rest of the world meet andadmire this different kind of Armenian grandmother, born in theOttoman Empire who kept her closeness to her birth place andher love for her second native tongue,Turkish.Yegisabeth Kasebian is one courageous old woman among manywho comes along and is brave enough to tell the truth as it reallyhappened. After her narration which appeared in a Lebanesemagazine, the Tashnaks started calling her ugly names. Whenthis story first surfaced, the publication began hearing hundredsof complaints, 95 per cent coming from abroad.This is a good indication that the Armenian Diaspora is alive andwell and will not give an inch of their deceptive ground tohistorical facts. Ironically most of the mail received spoke aboutthe fact that she was either a salaried agent of the Turkishgovernment in Ankara or that she was senile. Many letter writerssaid that this grandmother's words did not jibe at all with thestories they had heard from their own grandmothers.Yegisabeth had personally witnessed the relocation of Armeniansfrom the war zone of Eastern Turkey. She had gone through thesame marches as others had done .The only difference betweenher account and others' was something called the truth.
TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION
Armenians who immigrated to Lebanon during 1915's bitterincidents in Ottoman lands formed brand new lives forthemselves. Leaving the past to the historians, Armenians inBeirut, unlike those in the Armenian Diaspora elsewhere, donot hold grudges against Turkey. Along with the Anatolianculture which they left 90 years ago, they hand down theTurkish language from generation to generation in Beirut.An old woman living in the Bekaa Valley sings a Turkish folk
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song. Her name is Yeghisabeth Kesabian. She is 105 years oldand the last witness of the expulsion. She was 15 years oldwhen she came to Lebanon from Hatay via Syria in 1915.During the journey, she says they went through greathardship:
"We walked for days. Turkish cavalry were alwaysnext to us. They were protecting us against the attacks,but they sometimes were beating us when we were notable to walk fast enough to catch up with the others.
"Sheadmits that it was a very hard forced walk and a difficult journey. After about three months of travel, Kesabian came tothe Bekaa Valley's Anjar region along with her relatives, ofwhom she is the oldest. She lives with her daughter Sara andher grandchildren. Even her great-grandson, eight-year-oldMardiros knows Turkish. Kesabian taught him Turkish songs.Her adventure is not limited to 1915. After coming to Lebanon,she went back to Samandag in Hatay (now a province ofTurkey ) and got married. She cannot forget that day inTurkey. "I was so happy. Our neighbors, relatives, everyonewas there. Rain after the wedding means prosperity. At mywedding, it was raining. Our neighbor prayed for rain. A shortwhile later, it started to rain. My wedding dress got wet. Since Ihad no other clothes, my mother-in-law dried my dress andhelped me to wear itagain."Married in Turkey, Kesabian puts her finger on a historicalpoint that is missed about her return to Lebanon. In 1939, afterHatay's being included within Turkish borders, of her own will,she returned to the Bekaa Valley with a group of Armeniansand continued her life in the valley. During this period, againTurks did nothing wrong against them and they returned toLebanon upon their own free will. "The French told us, 'comehere', then we went there. When we wanted to leave, Turkishsoldiers helped us to get into the cars and escorted us toDamascus. Then, the French took over.
In those years, Turksdid nothing wrong to Armenians
."Kesabian, one of the last witnesses of the expulsion missesTurkey a great deal. In particular, she wanted to see the villagein which she spent her childhood and where she was married;however, she has not fulfilled her wish yet. Now, she has asingle request of her grandchildren and her daughter: Shewants them to take her to Hatay before she dies.They still live in Lebanon and dream of Turkey. They listen to Ibo(Ibrahim Tatlises a Turkish singer), and support the soccer teamcalled Galatasaray.The names in the Borj Hammoud district of Southern Beirut arethe same as the ones in Turkey. Maras, Antep, Adana. The nameof the biggest district is "Yeni Maras" It is the same as any districtin Kahramanmaras in Turkey - narrow streets, noisy children, thesmells of spices coming from the shops… jewelry brought fromthe Turkish cities, Adana, Mersin and Kilis, charms saying"Mashallah", "Allah Korusun" on them, dried mulberry, grape
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