İzmit''S Armenians Speak
İÇERİK TANITIMI: The fourth book of the “Sounds of Silence” series has been published
with the support of Consulate General of Sweden. İzmit’s Armenians Speak, is a product
of the oral history project carried out since 2011 by Hrant Dink Foundation.
The Sounds of Silence - IV: İzmit’s Armenians Speak, which compiles 9 out of the
30 interviews, is a narration of Armenian lives and differing experiences
of Armenianness as it is told by people living in İstanbul, Yervan and Canada.
The aim is thus to establish a dialogue between the reader and the narrator.
The foreword by Ferda Balancar, who is a journalist and one of the Project coordinators,
and the afterword by E. Aras Ergüneş, who is a research assistant at Philosophy
Department of Kocaeli University, have contributed in a significant way to the book.
There is also a collection of lyrics and tongue twisters by the Armenians who lived at
İzmit and surrounding areas.
İzmit’s Armenians Speak is taking us to a visit through the memoirs of the Armenian society.
This book is giving clues about the “self” and “other”
perception the Armenian society carries, by giving examples on the deportation and
genocide memories transmitted through generations, as the other books of the series.
"First, silence allows the members of the generations that had experienced the
Genocide firsthand, or through the narrations of the members of the preceding generations,
the relief of shutting themselves off to the trauma of the Genocide and carrying
on with their daily lives. (…) The second function that the shroud of silence serves
against the Genocide experience is of a public rather than individual concern.
The generations that have suffered the Genocide considered it their duty to carry
the burden of their trauma to the grave so that it wouldn''t rub off on the lives of the
succeeding generations and so that they could create an unblemished memory space for
their progeny. The way to do this is by responding with silence to the questions
posed to them and passing this high-mindedness on to posterity."
E. Aras Ergüneş, afterword