Izmir… 1950s…

I was born in Karşıyaka (a beautiful region in Izmir) in April 23rd of1954 in a wooden house that originally belonged to Anatolian Greeks before they left with the 1924 population exchange. It was demolished in 1970s and replaced by an ordinary concrete apartment building.

My father and mother divorced when I was 4 and my brother was 2.
My mother went to Bursa to live with her parents. My father went to Istanbul to work. He got married right away and ‘kidnapped’ me from my mother on the street!