Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

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

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

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 translated by Peter Balakian and Aris Sevag Knopf 509 pages, $35

On April 24, 1915, poUce arrested 250 leaders of the Armenian community in Istanbul and deported them to the Turkish interior. Among them was an Orthodox priest, Fr. Grigoris Balakian. For the next diree years, he was an eyewitness to the Armenian genocide, an ethnic-cleansing campaign in which, under pretext of wartime deportations, authorities eliminated the Armenian population of Anatolia- up to one million people. He survived through faith and cunning, eventuaUy escaping disguised as a German railway worker. In this memoir, available for the first time in English, he describes the death marches and recounts how, with government collusion, mobs massacred Armenians with whatever was available- axes, hoes, and clubs. …

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