Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1918

Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1918


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Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1918 by Grigoris Balakian

On April 24, 1915, Grigoris Balakian was arrested along with some 250 other leaders of Constantinople’s Armenian community. 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. 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.
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is Balakian’s devastating eyewitness account—a haunting reminder of the first modern genocide and a controversial historical document that is destined to become a classic of survivor literature.

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ISBN-13: 9781400096770
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/09/2010
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 439,192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Born in 1876, Grigoris Balakian was one of the leading Armenian intellectuals of his generation. In Ottoman Turkey he attended Armenian schools and seminary; and in Germany he studied, at different times, engineering and theology. 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. Unlike the vast majority of his conationals, he survived nearly four years in the killing fields. Ordained as a celibate priest (vartabed) in 1901, he later became a bishop and prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church in southern France. 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). He died in Marseilles in 1934.

Peter Balakian is the author of The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’ s Response, winner of the 2005 Raphael Lemkin Prize, a New York Times best seller, and a New York Times Notable Book; and of Black Dog of Fate, winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of Memoir, also a New York Times Notable Book. Grigoris Balakian was his great-uncle.

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Nerme More than 1 year ago
This book is an eyewitness account, and a comprehensive history of the tragic genocide of the 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey. Even if you feel you won't have the time to finish the book, or feel nervous about reading the extremely savage way the Turks tortured and murdered the women, children, and men, just reading the introduction will give you a concise and accurate history leading up the the genocide, and the horrific events during and after the genocide. It was writen by a bishop, Grigoris Balakian, and translated by his grandnephew, the well known author Peter Balakian, and Aris Sevag, an editor and linguist. Just the maps and timetable of events are worth the price of this masterpiece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! I couldn't put the book down! Great testimony for the genocide. It reminded me of my grandmother and her brutal experiences during the genocide. Just can't imagine what everyone went thru. They lost their homes, livelihood, parents, children aunts, uncles..........experienced rape/rapes The list goes on!
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