Majority of People in Anatolia have Armenian Grandmothers, Says Turkish Writer

Verzihan Ziflioglu's new book, "Story of Armenians in Purgatory" (Source:

Verzihan Ziflioglu’s new book, “Story of Armenians in Purgatory” (Source: Vercihan Ziflioglu Twitter)

ISTANBUL (PanArmenian)—Verchihan Zifliloglu, a writer and correspondent for the Turkey-based Armenian newspaper, Agos, has released a new book on Turkey’s hidden Armenians titled, “Story of Armenians in Purgatory,” reports, citing

In the book, Zifliloglu analyzes the struggle of Armenians who have been forced to conceal their identity and live in a Muslim society for the last 100 years after the start of the Armenian Genocide.

The book includes a chronology of important developments for crypto-Armenians, or “hidden” Armenians in Turkey, from Hrant Dink’s murder on January 19, 2007, to the publishing of Fethiye Cetin’s ground-breaking book, “My Grandmother,” to announcements in Agos newspaper by people looking for their families, to the restoration and re-opening of Armenian churches in Van, Kayseri, and Diyarbakir, as well as other events.

Zifliloglu also discusses Armenian women who were abducted during the Genocide. Emphasizing the fact that mainly Kurds live in the areas previously inhabited by Armenians, the author writes that “four out of five people [we met] in Anatolia [have] Armenian grandmothers.”


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