The Bagdadi/Paksoy Family Story: 1781 - 2014

The Bagdadi/Paksoy Family Story: 1781 - 2014


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The history of a Turkish family from 1781 to 2014, told by seven brothers and their children. The story begins in Bagdad and follows the lives of the seven Paksoy brothers as they come of age during the turbulent years of the end of the Ottoman empire. The oldest brother tells the lives of their great-grandfather, grandfather and father and their journey from Bagdad to Adana, Turkey. Their father was exiled after the fall of the Ottomans and the oldest son, at age 18, was determined to reclaim the family land taken by the new Turkish Republic. Without the land, the family had no way to support itself, and he describes his harrowing and heroic efforts to recover the resources that would allow his family to survive and thrive. Because of his efforts the family recovered, five of the sons went on to higher education while the two oldest worked the land. Each brother's story is unique and each is remarkable. An Armenian housekeeper who lived with the family is mentioned in several of the brothers' stories and his life is told as the final chapter. Photographs from1900 to 2014 are included, full color when available. Eight of the 10 chapters are in English and Turkish. The respect and love the brothers have for each other shines through in each chapter, and their resilience and ability to build a life for themselves and their families, and to connect with each other through the years, makes the Bagdadi/Paksoy family story one of family and one of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502367648
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2014
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Three of the seven brothers tell their stories in this book: Abdulkadir, who also shared his knowledge of his father and ancestors, and was interviewed by his nephew Bulent Paksoy; Ali, interviewed by his daughter Niki Paksoy and Abdullah, who wrote his own chapter. Four of the brothers' stories were told by their children: Ahmet told by Mustafa Paksoy; Mahmut told by Ugur Paksoy; Mehmet told by Fusun Kahyagil; and Mustafa told by Abdullah Paksoy, who also told the story of Sarkis, the Armenian housekeeper. Ayse Gurel translated the original Turkish version of Abdulkadir's story. Niki Paksoy pulled it all together.

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