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An eyewitness

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Submitted by rkm (United States), Sep 29, 2011 at 18:59

Not only Jews. This is what U.S. director Elia Kazan, who was born there, said years ago during an interview:

"The Anatolian Greeks are a completely terrorized people. My father's family comes from the interior of Asia Minor, from a city called Kayseri, and they never forgot they were part of a minority. They were surrounded with periodic slaughters – or riots: the Turks would suddenly have a crisis and massacre a lot of Armenians, or they'd run wild and kill a lot of Greeks. The Greeks stayed in their houses. The fronts of the houses were almost barricaded, the windows shut with wooden shutters. One of the first memories I have is of sleeping in my grandmother's bed and my grandmother telling me stories about the massacre of the Armenians, and how she and my grandfather hid Armenians in the cellar of their home."

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