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Travels in Eastern Anatolia

On the eve of World War One, there were roughly two million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire, mostly in Anatolia. By 1917 they were gone, emptied from the land by genocide and deportation. Survivors of the massacres moved on physically to other nations, rebuilding their lives in places like France, America, and Ethiopia, but in their hearts they remained Anatolian. Even their children and grandchildren learned to answer the question “Where are you from?” with the names of older, disappeared places like Kharput, Musa Dagh, Hadjin, and Marash. These children would repeat their parents' stories of The Old Country to their children, turning the reality of Anatolia, a land scarred by history, but filled with moments of great beauty and grace, into more of a legend than an actual place.

Kozan, formerlly Sis
  
Adana
  
Ataturk, Taurus Mountains
     
  
Adana
  
Mersin
  
Mersin
     
  
Mersin
  
Iskenderun, formerly Alexandretta
  
Samandag
     
  
Vakifli
  
Vakifli
  
Vakifli
     
  
Vakifli
  
Antakya
  
Hatay Province
     
  
En route to Marash
  
Kahramanmaras, formerly Marash
  
Kahramanmaras, formerly Marash
     
  
Kahramanmaras, formerly Marash
  
Kahramanmaras, formerly Marash
  
Kahramanmaras, formerly Marash
     
  
Kahramanmaras, formerly Marash
  
En route to Malatya
  
En route to Gurun
     
  
En route to Gurun
  
Gurun
  
Gurun
     
  
Malatya
  
Harput, formerly Kharpert
  
En route to Diyarbakir
     
  
En route to Diyarbakir
  
Diyarbakir or Amed, formerly Dikranagerd
  
Diyarbakir or Amed, formerly Dikranagerd
     
  
Diyarbakir or Amed, formerly Dikranagerd
  
Diyarbakir or Amed, formerly Dikranagerd
  
En route to Bitlis
     
  
En route to Bitlis
  
Bitlis
  
Ferryto Akdamar Island, formerly Akhtamar Island
     
  
Akdamar Island, formerly Akhtamar Island
  
Ferry from Akdamar Island, formerly Akhtamar Island
  
Akdamar Island, formerlyAkhtamar Island
     
  
Akdamar Island, formerly Akhtamar Island