When Fethiye Cetin was growing up in the small Turkish town of Maden, she knew her grandmother as a happy and universally respected Muslim housewife. It would be decades before her grandmother told her the truth: that she was by birth a Christian and an Armenian, that her name was not Seher but Heranush, that most of the men in her village had been slaughtered in 1915, that she, along with most of the women and children, had been sent on a death march. She had been saved (and torn from her mother’s arms) by the Turkish gendarme captain who went on to adopt her. But she knew she still had family in America. Could Fethiye help her find her lost relations before she died? This heart wrenching memoir broke the decades-long silence around the “hidden Armenians” in Turkey and the estimated two million Turks whose grandparents could tell or had told them similar stories.
My Grandmother: A Memoir, Fethiye Cetin (hardcover)