Required reading for those who wish to comprehend the 20th century. Armenian Golgotha is Balakian's devastating eyewitness account--a haunting reminder of the first modern genocide and a controversial historical document that is destined to become a classic of survivor literature. Grigoris Balakian was his great-uncle. A riveting and powerful indictment of a genocide that became a paradigm for future genocides. It was the beginning of the Ottoman Empire's systematic attempt to eliminate the Armenian people from Turkey--a campaign that continued through World War I and the fall of the empire.
An important primary document concerning the Armenian Genocide. For generations to come Armenian Golgotha will remain a first-hand documentation of a historic tragedy written from the perspective of a talented scholar. Armenian Golgotha describes the suffering, agony and massacre of innumerable Armenian families almost a century ago; its memory must remain a lesson for more than one generation. Unlike the vast majority of his conationals, he survived nearly four years in the killing fields. It constitutes a thundering historical proof that those who deny the Armenian Genocide are engages in a massive deception.
It's a massively important contribution to this field. This book has the feel of a classic about it, and I suspect that future writers on historical trauma and its representation will turn eagerly to Armenian Golgotha. He was one of the 250 cultural leaders intellectuals, clergy, teachers, and political and community leaders arrested by the Turkish government on the night of April 24, 1915, and deported to the interior. Over the next four years, Balakian would bear witness to a seemingly endless caravan of blood, surviving to recount his miraculous escape and expose the atrocities that led to over a million deaths. In Ottoman Turkey he attended Armenian schools and seminary; and in Germany he studied, at different times, engineering and theology. A powerful and important book. He died in Marseilles in 1934.
It takes its place as one of the key first-hand sources for understanding the Armenian Genocide. Armenian Golgotha is replete with narratives that focus on collective suffering, marking this memoir as one of the few to explicate the true nature of the crime. Balakian's memory is extraordinary, but so, too, are his intellect, his compassion and his ethical obligation to immortalize his beloved co-nationals. Memory and hope for the future live in seminal texts such as Armenian Golgotha. . Balakian provides strong evidence that these gruesome proceedings were carried out under official orders from the highest level. This is more than an eyewitness account, it is a masterful history in its own right.
Armenian Golgotha will influence Armenian genocide studies for decades. He is the author of various books and monographs some of them lost on Armenian culture and history, including The Ruins of Ani 1910 and Armenian Golgotha, volume 1 1922 and volume 2 1959. On April 24, 1915, Grigoris Balakian was arrested along with some 250 other leaders of Constantinople's Armenian community. This book will become a classic, both for its depiction of a much denied genocide and its humane and brilliant witness to what human beings can endure and overcome. A major addition to the literature of witness and testimony. Ordained as a celibate priest vartabed in 1901, he later became a bishop and prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church in southern France. .
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