New PDF release: Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide,

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By Grigoris Balakian, Peter Balakian

ISBN-10: 030726288X

ISBN-13: 9780307262882

By no means prior to in English, Armenian Golgotha is the main dramatic and entire eyewitness account of the 1st glossy genocide.

On April 24, 1915, the priest Grigoris Balakian used to be arrested in addition to a few 250 different intellectuals and leaders of Constantinople’s Armenian group. It used to be the start of the Ottoman Turkish government’s systematic try and do away with the Armenian humans from Turkey; it was once a crusade that endured via international battle I and the autumn of the Ottoman Empire, through which time greater than 1000000 Armenians were annihilated and expunged from their ancient place of birth. For Grigoris Balakian, himself condemned, it used to be additionally the start of a four-year ordeal in which he might undergo witness to a possible unending caravan of blood.

Balakian sees his countrymen despatched in carts, on donkeys, or walking to stand sure loss of life within the wilderness of northern Syria. Many wouldn't even live on the adventure, agony hunger, illness, mutilation, and rape, between different tortures, ahead of being slaughtered en course. In those pages, he brings to existence the phrases and deeds of survivors, overseas witnesses, and Turkish officers all in favour of the bloodbath technique, and likewise of these few courageous, righteous Turks, who, with a few of their German allies operating for the Baghdad Railway, resisted orders calling for the demise of the Armenians. Miraculously, Balakian manages to flee, and his flight—through woodland and over mountain, in cover as a railroad employee after which as a German soldier—is a suspenseful, harrowing odyssey that makes attainable his singular testimony.

Full of smart insights into the political, historic, and cultural context of the Armenian genocide—the template for the following mass killings that experience solid a shadow around the 20th century and beyond—this memoir is destined to turn into a vintage of survivor literature. Armenian Golgotha is bound to deepen our realizing of a catastrophic crime that the Turkish govt, the Ottomans’ successor, denies to at the present time.

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OCTOBER The Allies capture Damascus, Beirut, and Aleppo. The surviving Armenians are rescued. NOVEMBER 2 The ruling triumvirate—Talaat, Enver, and Jemal—flees the country. NOVEMBER 11 Armistice. 1919 JANUARY 4 With Archbishop Yeghishe Tourian, Professor A. Der Hagopian, and Dr. Armenag Parseghian, Grigoris Balakian boards the British admiral's ship for the Paris Peace Conference. FEBRUARY 1 Under British pressure, Ottoman courts-martial of perpetrators of the Armenian massacres commence in Constantinople.

OCTOBER The Allies capture Damascus, Beirut, and Aleppo. The surviving Armenians are rescued. NOVEMBER 2 The ruling triumvirate—Talaat, Enver, and Jemal—flees the country. NOVEMBER 11 Armistice. 1919 JANUARY 4 With Archbishop Yeghishe Tourian, Professor A. Der Hagopian, and Dr. Armenag Parseghian, Grigoris Balakian boards the British admiral's ship for the Paris Peace Conference. FEBRUARY 1 Under British pressure, Ottoman courts-martial of perpetrators of the Armenian massacres commence in Constantinople.

Through the testimony of perpetrators, victims, bystanders, and his own experience, he makes clear that deportation “was synonymous with murder” and that the “relocation” of Armenians was merely a charade—as the Constantinople postwar courts-martial trials would confirm from Turkish testimony. Catholic Armenians (most were Orthodox or Protestant), who had previously been exempt from persecution and massacre, were zealously massacred in Yozgat, where the majority of them lived. And, Talaat was determined to kill every last Armenian working on the Berlin-to-Baghdad railway, despite their importance to the Germans and thereby the Turkish war effort.

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