Skeletons in the Turkish closet: remembering the Armenian genocide

Kadıoğlu, Ayşe (2023) Skeletons in the Turkish closet: remembering the Armenian genocide. In: Adak, Hülya and Göçek, Fatma Müge and Suny, Ronald Grigor, (eds.) Critical Approaches to Genocide: History, Politics and Aesthetics of 1915. Routledge, London, pp. 232-237. ISBN 9780429023163

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It was a few weeks after the New Year in 2012 when the skeletons of 38 human beings were discovered during an excavation in a restoration site in the Içkale neighborhood of Diyarbakir. The site where the remains were unearthed is the yard of the Saraykapi prison in Ickale, which was built in the 1880s during the reign of Sultan Abdulhamit II. Saraykapi prison in Ickale was the site of horrifying forms of torture and murder of human beings in at least three different historical instances: Firstly, it was known as a place where members of the Armenian community of Diyarbakir were detained, tortured, and killed in the spring of 1915. Secondly, it was used as the office of the public prosecutor as well as a detention area for holding arrested suspects after the 1980 military coup d’etat. Thirdly, the prison was used as the center for JITEM, a clandestine anti-terror organization formed within the deep state in the 1990s.
Item Type: Book Section / Chapter
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ayşe Kadıoğlu
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2024 10:43
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2024 10:43

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