By Grigoris Balakian, Peter Balakian
By no means prior to in English, Armenian Golgotha is the main dramatic and entire eyewitness account of the 1st glossy genocide.
On April 24, 1915, the priest Grigoris Balakian used to be arrested besides a few 250 different intellectuals and leaders of Constantinople’s Armenian neighborhood. It was once the start of the Ottoman Turkish government’s systematic try to cast off the Armenian humans from Turkey; it used to be a crusade that endured via international conflict I and the autumn of the Ottoman Empire, in which time greater than one million Armenians were annihilated and expunged from their ancient place of origin. For Grigoris Balakian, himself condemned, it used to be additionally the start of a four-year ordeal within which he might undergo witness to a doubtless never-ending caravan of blood.
Balakian sees his countrymen despatched in carts, on donkeys, or taking walks to stand definite dying within the wilderness of northern Syria. Many wouldn't even live on the adventure, pain hunger, disorder, mutilation, and rape, between different tortures, earlier than being slaughtered en direction. In those pages, he brings to existence the phrases and deeds of survivors, international witnesses, and Turkish officers interested by the bloodbath procedure, and in addition of these few courageous, righteous Turks, who, with a few of their German allies operating for the Baghdad Railway, resisted orders calling for the demise of the Armenians. Miraculously, Balakian manages to flee, and his flight—through wooded area and over mountain, in cover as a railroad employee after which as a German soldier—is a suspenseful, harrowing odyssey that makes attainable his singular testimony.
Full of smart insights into the political, old, and cultural context of the Armenian genocide—the template for the next mass killings that experience solid a shadow around the 20th century and beyond—this memoir is destined to turn into a vintage of survivor literature. Armenian Golgotha is certain to deepen our knowing of a catastrophic crime that the Turkish executive, the Ottomans’ successor, denies to at the present time.
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The prevailing sentiment was that Russia would not simply sit back and watch an Austro-Hungarian-Serbian war. Large oil portraits of Kaiser Wilhelm and Emperor Franz Joseph were displayed side by side in the windows of the big stores. Everywhere the Austro-Hungarian flag was waving along with the German flag, and there was great hustle and bustle at night on the major boulevards of the city. On Sunday, July 26, the crowd was large enough to cause congestion on Unter den Linden, Friedrichstrasse all the way to Leipzigerstrasse, and Potsdamerplatz.
Balakian recounts praying for Komitas, at his request, as terror and anxiety were overwhelming him. Balakian also documents the Ottoman government's repeated use of the infamous blacklists, rolls of targeted cultural and community leaders that had been carefully prepared with the help of Armenian informants. Such lists exemplify how methodical the Turkish government's bureaucracy was in classifying the Armenian population in their extermination plan. Grigoris Balakian reveals other fundamental structures of the extermination plan.
And from the time of the event, there are numerous eyewitness accounts from American and European missionaries and diplomats, Armenian survivors, and various European bystanders. The Armenian Genocide is abundantly documented by thousands of official state records of the United States, France, Great Britain, and Turkey's wartime allies Germany, Austria, and Hungary, and by Ottoman court-martial records. Yet for all this, one might suggest that no single book has brought us closer to the experience of this event, as social and political process, than Armenian Golgotha.