Witnesses of the Armenian Genocide recognized their houses 100 years later. These moments were captured by Diana Markosian, an Armenian-American photographer. In her exhibition held at New York University’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, one can see the excitement of the people, who are over 100, Huffington Post reports.
On October 2014, Markosian began looking for Genocide witnesses. She found 10 survivors, but only three of them “still had memories predating the genocide”.
“In an attempt to retrieve pieces of their lost homelands, she brought back mural-sized panels capturing potent landscapes from Turkey, and displayed them in the places these survivors now live in Armenia,” the newspaper writes.
When Movses Haneshyan, 105, looked at the photo of his childhood home, “he paused and started dancing towards this image.”
“A century later they are being confronted with their home, and they are recognizing it,” Markosian said
When asked what she remembers from 1915, Yepraksia Gevorgyan said: “You’re lucky you didn’t see it.”
Mariam Sahakyan, 101, had only one request: “Go to my village and bring back soil for me to be buried in.”