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The shadow of a train that runs from Adana to Istanbul, Turkey, is seen projected on land between the cities of Konya and Adana, Turkey. A German company won concessions to build part of the railway back in the early 1900s, then called the Baghdad Railway, and in 1915 the Turkish government began to use it to deport thousands of Armenians to Syria. According to eyewitness accounts, concentration camps sprung up along the sides of the train track, particularly between the cities of Konya and Gaziantep. Defending themselves from bandits and starvation, thousands perished in the camps or en route to Syria.

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• What do you notice about the composition of this photograph? What is the effect or purpose of the use of shadow and light?

• Trains have become iconic imagery in relation to World War II, suggesting the deportation of millions during that period. Trains also played a critical role in the deportation of Armenians in 1915. What is Kathryn Cook suggesting by capturing the shadow of a modern train with a singular figure in the window?

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