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Armenia and Karabagh
Levon Chorbajian, Editor
Samvel Shahmuratian, Editor
Foreward by Yelena Bonner
Steven Jones Translator
Khachig Tolloyan, Editor.
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Jack Apramian. Edited,
revised with an introduction by Lorne Shirinian.
Toronto: Zoryan Institute, 2009, 226p..
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by Clarence D. Ussher
J.C. & A.L. Fawcett, Inc., Pub.,
1990, 339p. Hard cover.
by Atom Egoyan
2002, 143p. Softcover.
Compiled and edited by Wolfgang Gust
$89.95 USD, $97.95 CAD
This book provides an extensive selection of some 240 telegrams, letters and reports from German consular officials in the Ottoman Empire to the Germany embassy in Constantinople and to the German Foreign Office in Berlin describing the unfolding genocide of the Armenians and German reaction to it.
Imperial Germany was the political and military ally of the Ottoman Empire. The candor in these documents was possible because they were marked “confidential,” “very confidential,” or “secret” and “very secret,” being intended only for in-house use and never for public consumption. During World War I, only German diplomats and military officials could enter areas in which the genocide took place relatively unhindered and were able to send uncensored reports out of the country. Apart from the Americans, who remained neutral in the war until April 6, 1917, German diplomats and their informants from the charitable missions or from among the employees of the Baghdad Railway were the most important non-Armenian eyewitnesses of the Genocide.
In December 1915, as a response to the criticism and outrage of German officials in the field over the inhuman treatment of the Armenians, German Chancellor and Foreign Minister Theobald von Bethmann- Hollweg wrote: “The proposed public reprimand of an ally in the course of a war would be an act which is unprecedented in history. Our only aim is to keep Turkey on our side until the end of the war, no matter whether as a result Armenians do perish or not.”
It is ironic, therefore, to read the report of February 24, 1913, from Ambassador in Constantinople (Wangenheim) to the Imperial Chancellor (Bethmann-Hollweg) stating, “Here in Germany, we have become accustomed to viewing the periodically repeated Armenian massacres as being merely a natural reaction to the Armenian businessmen’s system of draining others dry. The Armenians were called the Jews of the Orient, and people forgot that in Anatolia there is also a strong tribe of Armenian farmers which has all the good characteristics of a healthy rural population and whose entire wrongdoing consists of doggedly defending its religion, its language and its property against the foreign peoples surrounding it.”
This book is part of the long-term project, “Creating a Common Body of Knowledge.” There is a need in Turkey for authoritative information on its suppressed history. The Zoryan Institute seeks to help provide information to fill this need through systematic scholarly research, the publication of incontestable information on the Armenian Genocide in Turkish and other languages, and the distribution of it widely in Turkey and other countries.
Commenting on the philosophy behind the “Common Body of Knowledge” project, K.M. Greg Sarkissian, president of the Zoryan Institute stated, “History is a stumbling block for peace and stability in the region. True peace can be achieved only if the nations in the region can talk to each other openly about their past. Therefore, we see education through the Common Body of Knowledge as one of the best ways to alleviate the tension between Turks and Armenians, because it provides a basis of shared knowledge that can counter generations of hostility and lead to mutual understanding and dialogue.”
by Vahakn Dadrian
2002, 35p. Softcover + VHS videotape.
edited by George N. Shirinian
The Asia Minor Catastrophe and the Ottoman Greek Genocide: Essays on Asia Minor, Pontos, and Eastern Thrace, 1913-1923 edited by George N. Shirinian, Executive Director of the Zoryan Institute, is a compilation of innovative papers given by distinguished scholars at two academic conferences organized by the Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center in Chicago.
by Yair Auron
Transaction Pub., 2000. 332p. Softcover
by Yair Auron
New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Pub., 2003, 338p.
This high-school textbook has elicited praise such as the following comments, “This resource book is unique in its approaches to the legacy of the Armenian Genocide. It helps students and teachers to understand that the crime was committed not only against the Armenian people but also against all humanity. Critical issues relating to identity, attitude, behaviour, choices, consequences, and contemporary concerns are addressed in this important work” “An essential and innovative exploration of the Armenian Genocide, [the book] brings together the historical, social, psychological, and ethical dimensions of the history and the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide. Facing History and Ourselves has done an extraordinary job and demonstrates once again that it is at the forefront of education in America.” “Once again Facing History and Ourselves combines authoritative scholarship with brilliant pedagogy in a book that informs as it challenges… This book must be read by teachers and students. Even the best of scholars can well lean anew how to teach history and how to relate to their students’ lives from this important book.”
by Wolfgang Gust (ed.)
Publisher: Zu Klampen, 2005
674 p., Hardcover
by Taner Akam.
Toronto and Cambridge, MA: Zoryan Institute,
2001 Softcover book of xii+101 pages
by Taner Akam.
London: Zed Books 2004
2001 Softcover and Hardcover available.
by Vahakn N. Dadrian. 1989. 133p.
Reprinted from The Yale Journal of International Law 14, No. 2 (Summer 1989):
221-334 + Appendix and bibliography.
by Vahakn N. Dadrian. 1989. 133p.
Reprinted from The Yale Journal of International Law 23, No. 2 (Summer 1998): 504-559.
by Kevork Bardakjian
(Bound photocopy available)
by Vahakn N. Dadrian
34, no.1 (February 2002)
Cambridge University Press
1994. 202 p., Softcover
The Armenian Genocide in Official Turkish Records: Collected Essays by Vahakn N. Dadrian. A Special Issue of The Journal of Political and Military Sociology. Vol. 22, no. 1 (Summer 1994). ix + 208p. $20.00
In the 1970s Prof. Vahakn Dadrian helped to create the field of the comparative study of genocide, bringing to his work an interdisciplinary perspective that joined sociology, history, and law, enriched further by his ability to drawn upon half a dozen languages. The archival work that he has done on three continents is the basis for the studies that appear in this special issue, studies that focus on documentation of the Armenian Genocide in Turkish sources and in those of Turkey’s World War I allies, Germany and Austria. The latter confirm that the Genocide took place, that it was centrally planned, and that a prominent motive for Turkey’s entry into the war was the cover war could provide for a final solution to the Armenian Question. Most of the documents are Turkish, and these too bear out the premeditated and intentional destruction of the Armenians. But the Turkish materials also allow Prof. Dadrian to describe in great detail, and with new insight, the organization and implementation of the Genocide. Almost all of the materials were uncovered by Prof. Dadrian and first made public by him. Most of the documents included in the article, “The Complicity of the Party, the Government, and the Military” are published here for the first time.
The contents of this special issue are as follows:
Foreword by Richard Falk
Introduction by Roger Smith
Articles by Vahakn Dadrian:
• A Review of the Main Features of the Genocide
• The Complicity of the Party, the Government, and the Military: Select Parliamentary and Judicial Documents
• The Documentation of the World War I Armenian Massacres in the Proceedings of the Turkish Military Tribunal
• A Textual Analysis of the Key Indictment of the Turkish Military Tribunal Investigating the Armenian Genocide
• The Secret Young Turk Ittihadist Conference and the Decision for the World War I Genocide of the Armenians
by Vahakn N. Dadrian and Taner Akçam
$110/ $90 for Zoryan Friends
by Vahakn N. Dadrian
by Jacques Derogy
Foreward by Gerard Chaliand
A.M. Berrett, Translator 1990. 2
by Bertha Nakshian Ketchian
1988, 167 p
In the Shadow of the Fortress is the story of a young girl born in Husenig, Western or Ottoman Armenia, just before the Genocide of 1915-1917. Bertha Nakshian Ketchian experienced the horrors of that tragedy with her mother and sister. She witnessed and recorded in her memory the cruelty as well as devotion of neighbors, the hard choices of friends and family as she survived against all odds. Having crossed the desert and spent time in an orphanage supported by American help, Bertha eventually joined her father in Providence, Rhode Island.
by Taner Akam,
New York: Metropolitan Books
2006. 483p. Softcover.
by Levon Chorbajian,
George Shirinian, eds.
by Pietro Kuciukian
Edited by Katia Minas Peltekian
2 volumes, 976 p., $120.00 USD or CAD
This invaluable collection of newspaper reports contains over 1,000 articles from the London Times and the Manchester Guardian about the condition of the Armenian (and sometimes other Christian) population under Ottoman rule. It includes descriptions of the on-going massacres as witnessed by foreigners and survivors themselves, as well as reports on the status of refugees dispersed in the region. It includes over 65 short and long debates in the House of Commons and House of Lords about the situation in Armenia, the condition of the Armenians, the necessity of helping the Armenians, and the British duty to give Armenians a homeland, free from Turkish rule. It also includes many editorials, for example, demanding the British government do the honorable thing towards the Armenians; and there are many letters to the editors of the newspapers shedding more light on the Armenians.
by Anahit Ter Minassian
Louis Raemaekers, artist
Original size 35"x23"
W.B. King, artist
Original size 18"x12"
E.F. Betssbain, artist
Original size 18"x12"
Original size 20" x 14"
Douglas Volk, artist
Original size 40" x 30"
by Lorne Shirinian
by Vahakn N. Dadrian and Taner Akcam
2008. 732p., Softcover
In the aftermath of its disastrous defeat in WWI, Ottoman Turkey had to face the wartime crime of the destruction of its Armenian population. An inquiry commissioned by the Ottoman government in 1919 presented enough preliminary evidence to organize a series of trials involving the perpetrators of these crimes. It is the record of these trials and the unparalleled details they provide on the planning and implementation of these heinous crimes that has brought together the two most renowned scholars of the Armenian Genocide, Professors Vahakn Dadrian and Taner Akcam, in their first joint publication. It is with great pride that the Zoryan Institute announces that after years of research and analysis, the authors have compiled in Turkish the complete documentation of the trial proceedings and have set these findings in their historical and legal context. The English edition of this book is available as Judgment at Istanbul.
2012. 180 p., Softcover
Translated by Deran Rushton-Zorian
1996, 93 p., Softcover
In 1977, an Armenian gentleman, born in Manchester but then resident in London, visited the Oriental Institute in Oxford. He introduced himself as Deran Rushton, and he had with him a manuscript, written in Armenian by his father, Samuel, recording his imprisonment in Amida (Diyarbakir) city gaol in 1893-1896. Samuel Zorian’s chronicle of his experience in a Turkish gaol and daring escape, is a very human and gripping tale. IT begins with his description of his arrest by Turkish police, that verges on hilarity, but foreshadows one of the major atrocities of our century, the massacre of Armenians by the Turks in 1915-1921. However, Samuel’s account shows ordinary Turks and Kurds suffering as much as Armenians, and is an inspiration of hope to read how he was helped in his ordeal by the kindness of fellow Turkish prisoners and a Kurdish warder.
by Vahakn Dadrian
2003. 48p., Softcover
Original size 21" x 28"
Edited by Hasan Buruyazici
2010. 167 p., Softcover
This large format book is a visual archive developed as part of a travelling exhibition with the same name. This work brings to light the often overlooked contribution of Armenian architects who took on a pioneering role in the modernization of Istanbul. Both the exhibit and book generated a lot of positive reaction towards Armenians, especially in Turkey. Most people there are unaware that in fact, some of Istanbul’s most famous buildings were designed and built by Armenians. The book features the history, drawings, documents and photographs of over 100 buildings that were designed by these Armenian architects. It also serves as a testament to the once vibrant and thriving Armenian community of Istanbul, which contributed so much to Turkey’s history and culture, and gives just a hint as to how much was lost due to the Genocide.
By Ayse Gul Altinay and Fethiye Cetin
$55.00 USD, $62.00 CAD
The Grandchildren is a collection of intimate, harrowing testimonies by grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Turkey’s "forgotten Armenians"—the orphans adopted and Islamized by Muslims after the Armenian Genocide. Through them we learn of the tortuous routes by which they came to terms with the painful stories of their grandparents and their own identity. The postscript offers a historical overview of the silence about Islamized Armenians in most histories of the genocide. When Fethiye Çetin first published her groundbreaking memoir in Turkey, My Grandmother, she spoke of her grandmother’s hidden Armenian identity. The book sparked a conversation among Turks about the fate of the Ottoman Armenians in Anatolia in 1915. This resulted in an explosion of debate on Islamized Armenians and their legacy in contemporary Muslim families. The Grandchildren (translated from Turkish) is a follow-up to My Grandmother, and is an important contribution to understanding survival during atrocity. As witnesses to a dark chapter of history, the grandchildren of these survivors cast new light on the workings of memory in coming to terms with difficult pasts.
by Rifat N. Bali
2012. 513 p., hardcover
Prepared by Ferda Balancar
1992. 175 p., Softcover
One of the strongest desires of the Hrant Dink Foundation, from the very first day it was founded, was to create a memory repository on the Armenians of Turkey, based on various documents shedding light on oral history records, culture and identity. This work is the first material outcome of that desire. It aims to recover the traces of the political and cultural memory of Armenians living in Turkey and of the Armenian community, to reveal the continuity in a cultural existence, to find out how individuals with an Armenian identity perceive themselves and the ‘others’, and in so doing, to reflect the reality of Armenians still living in Turkey in all its political, cultural, and historical dimensions. To reflect this reality, it was carried out as an oral history research study. To this end a working group under the guidance of Ferda Balancar got in touch with Armenians living in Istanbul and various cities in Anatolia. Interviews were held with 40 people, 21 of whom were women and 19 men. 12 researches participated in this study. This book contains 15 of those interviews. You will read the stories of people ranging from 19 to 70 years of age as they themselves told them. You will see that the stories tell not only of their remembrance of history but of their lives today.