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Armenian Golgotha by Grigoris Balakian
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Apr 22, 2010

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In 1915, Grigoris Balakian was a forty year old priest of the Armenian Apostolic Church living in Constantinople. On April 24th of that year, he was among the approximately 250 leaders of Constantinople’s Armenian community that were arrested, imprisoned and deported in what is now regarded as the start of the Armenian Genocide. Less than a third of those arrested that night [writers, poets, teachers, clergymen, journalists, doctors, dentists, booksellers and various other prominent Armenian public figures:] survived what followed, and of those, few had the tremendous emotional strength required to record their experiences on paper. It seems that Balakian survived in order to write this book, taking care during his ordeal to ask his fellow countrymen for their own stories, memorizing their names and [often:] the circumstances of their deaths. This is quite possibly the most important, comprehensive and tragically beautiful documentation of the Armenian Genocide.


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