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Never before in English, Armenian Golgotha is the most dramatic and comprehensive eyewitness account of the first modern genocide.

On April 24, 1915, the priest Grigoris Balakian was arrested along with some 250 other intellectuals and leaders of Constantinople's Armenian community. It was the beginning of the Ottoman Turkish government's systematic attempt to eliminate the Armenian people from Turkey; it was a campaign that continued through World War I and the fall of the Ottoman Empire, by which time more than a million Armenians had been annihilated and expunged from their historic homeland. For Grigoris Balakian, himself condemned, it was also the beginning of a four-year ordeal during which he would bear witness to a seemingly endless caravan of blood.

Balakian sees his countrymen sent in carts, on donkeys, or on foot to face certain death in the desert of northern Syria. Many would not even survive the journey, suffering starvation, disease, mutilation, and rape, among other tortures, before being slaughtered en route. In these pages, he brings to life the words and deeds of survivors, foreign witnesses, and Turkish officials involved in the massacre process, and also of those few brave, righteous Turks, who, with some of their German allies working for the Baghdad Railway, resisted orders calling for the death of the Armenians. Miraculously, Balakian manages to escape, and his flight — through forest and over mountain, in disguise as a railroad worker and then as a German soldier — is a suspenseful, harrowing odyssey that makes possible his singular testimony.

Full of shrewd insights into the political, historical, and cultural context of the Armenian genocide — the template for the subsequent mass killings that have cast a shadow across the twentieth century and beyond — this memoir is destined to become a classic of survivor literature. Armenian Golgotha is sure to deepen our understanding of a catastrophic crime that the Turkish government, the Ottomans' successor, denies to this day.

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Last month, while I was visiting my father in Florida, we had dinner one night with my aunt. We were discussing the way Jim Jones had poisoned 900 of his followers with cyanide-laced Flavor Aid in 1978, and suddenly my aunt was explaining that another way to poison someone is with a yogurt smoothie. "That's how the Turks poisoned your grandmother's classmates in Constantinople in 1915," she said. "They... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[A] fascinating first-hand testimony to a monumental crime." The New Yorker

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"[T]his rich historical document....vividly portrays Turkish brutality as it provides [Balakian's] and others' stories along with well-informed commentary on Turkey’s actions....a readable and moving account." Library Journal

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"Grigoris Balakian's Armenian Golgotha is a powerful, moving account of the Armenian Genocide....told here with a sweep of experience and wealth of detail that is as disturbing as it is irrefutable." Sir Martin Gilbert

Synopsis:

On April 24, 1915, the priest Grigoris Balakian was arrested along with 250 other intellectuals in Constantinople, in what was to be a systematic attempt to eliminate the Armenian minority. This is a dramatic and comprehensive eyewitness account of the first modern genocide.

Synopsis:

Never before in English: the most dramatic and comprehensive eyewitness account of the first modern genocide.

On April 24, 1915, the priest Grigoris Balakian was arrested along with some 250 other intellectuals and leaders of Constantinople's Armenian community. It was the launch of a systematic attempt to eliminate the Armenian minority from Anatolia, an effort that would last through the First World War and the fall of the Ottoman Empire, not concluding before the annihilation of some 1.2 million people. Balakian, himself condemned, bears witness to the countless deportation caravans of Armenians tortured, raped, slaughtered, and mutilated on their way to death in the Syrian deserts; to the words and deeds of many survivors, foreign witnesses, and Turkish officials involved in the extermination; and also to some brave, righteous Turks and their German allies who resisted secret extermination orders. Miraculously, Balakian manages to escape, and his flight — through forest and over mountain, in disguise as a railroad worker and then a German soldier — is a suspenseful, harrowing odyssey that makes possible his singular testimony.

Full of shrewd insights into politics, history, and culture and destined to become a classic of survivor literature, this memoir is sure to redefine our awareness of a catastrophic crime that the Turkish government, the Ottomans' successor, denies to this day.

About the Author

Born in 1873, Grigoris Balakian was one of the leading Armenian intellectuals of his generation. Ordained as a celibate priest in 1901, he later became a bishop and prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church in southern France. 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307262882
Author:
Palakean, Grigoris
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
With:
Sevag, Aris
Translator:
Balakian, Peter
Translator:
Sevag, Aris
Author:
Balakian, Peter
Author:
Grigoris Balakian
Author:
Grigoris Balakian
Author:
Sevag, Aris
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Armenian massacres, 1915-1923
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Middle East - Turkey
Subject:
Armenians -- Turkey -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PP OF PHOTOGRAPHS and 5 MAPS
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.16x6.70x1.76 in. 2.01 lbs.

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Product details 560 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780307262882 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] fascinating first-hand testimony to a monumental crime."
"Review" by , "[T]his rich historical document....vividly portrays Turkish brutality as it provides [Balakian's] and others' stories along with well-informed commentary on Turkey’s actions....a readable and moving account."
"Review" by , "Grigoris Balakian's Armenian Golgotha is a powerful, moving account of the Armenian Genocide....told here with a sweep of experience and wealth of detail that is as disturbing as it is irrefutable."
"Synopsis" by , On April 24, 1915, the priest Grigoris Balakian was arrested along with 250 other intellectuals in Constantinople, in what was to be a systematic attempt to eliminate the Armenian minority. This is a dramatic and comprehensive eyewitness account of the first modern genocide.
"Synopsis" by , Never before in English: the most dramatic and comprehensive eyewitness account of the first modern genocide.

On April 24, 1915, the priest Grigoris Balakian was arrested along with some 250 other intellectuals and leaders of Constantinople's Armenian community. It was the launch of a systematic attempt to eliminate the Armenian minority from Anatolia, an effort that would last through the First World War and the fall of the Ottoman Empire, not concluding before the annihilation of some 1.2 million people. Balakian, himself condemned, bears witness to the countless deportation caravans of Armenians tortured, raped, slaughtered, and mutilated on their way to death in the Syrian deserts; to the words and deeds of many survivors, foreign witnesses, and Turkish officials involved in the extermination; and also to some brave, righteous Turks and their German allies who resisted secret extermination orders. Miraculously, Balakian manages to escape, and his flight — through forest and over mountain, in disguise as a railroad worker and then a German soldier — is a suspenseful, harrowing odyssey that makes possible his singular testimony.

Full of shrewd insights into politics, history, and culture and destined to become a classic of survivor literature, this memoir is sure to redefine our awareness of a catastrophic crime that the Turkish government, the Ottomans' successor, denies to this day.

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