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Varakavank's crumbling roof (photo by Nanore Barsoumian, The Armenian Weekly)

The Lessons of Late Ottoman Genocides for Contemporary Iraq and Syria

This article will appear in the Armenian Weekly’s upcoming magazine on Ottoman genocides, co-edited by Khatchig Mouradian (coordinator, Armenian Genocide Program, CGHR, Rutgers University) and Sabri Atman (director, Seyfo Center–the Assyrian Genocide Research Center). Scholars of [more...]

October 23, 2014 // 1 Comment

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The Northernmost Armenians of the World

Special for the Armenian Weekly Svalbard, an isolated Norwegian island, lies in the Arctic Ocean between 74 and 81 degrees north latitude. During the summer the sun does not set for 99 days, and darkness reigns for 84 days in the winter. The 3,000 or so people that call Svalbard home are considered [more...]

October 2, 2014 // 24 Comments

Scenes from the pogrom

Turkey’s Kristallnacht

Special for the Armenian Weekly Sept. 6, 1955 started just like any other day for the Greeks, Armenians, and Jews of ‎Istanbul—or Constantinople. ‎ ‎”I resided in Cengelkoy with my wife and two children back then,” wrote Apostolos Nikolaidis ‎in the book I Nihta ton [more...]

September 30, 2014 // 7 Comments

A rumble as thousands of pounds of horses come racing down the field at 35 mph; yelling; a ball goes whizzing by spectators as mounted warriors' sticks clash.

Polo Then and Now

Special for the Armenian Weekly A rumble as thousands of pounds of horses come racing down the field at 35 mph; yelling; a ball goes whizzing by spectators as mounted warriors’ sticks clash. This could be a scene from 1,000 years ago on an Anatolian plateau, or it could be the scene found in [more...]

September 23, 2014 // 6 Comments

Johannes Lepsius

1914-2014: 100 Years of the German-Armenian Society

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Johannes Lepsius is known for his work as a pastor and humanitarian who intervened on behalf of the Ottoman Armenians in the late 19th century. Johannes Lepsius When the genocide began, he returned to Constantinople from Berlin and tried in vain to dissuade the Young Turk [more...]

July 17, 2014 // 5 Comments

Photo by Natasha Wright

Fallen but Never Forgotten: Armenian Victims of the Pacific War

Special for the Armenian Weekly Knowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 is etched into the American psyche. Less known are the simultaneous attacks on the Philippines, Hong Kong, the Straits Settlements, the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), and within a week, Burma (Myanmar). [more...]

July 9, 2014 // 7 Comments

Armenian mass grave site in Margadeh, Syria. Buses of Armenians arrive to pray and dig for bones on April 24, 2005. (Photo by Alexandra Avakian)

Armenian Mass Graves Revisited: A Photo-Essay

Special for the Armenian Weekly April 2014 magazine It began in Yerevan, while I was photographing the National Geographic story on Armenia that was published in 2005. “Sandra, there are a lotta bones still out there in the desert in Syria. You have to see it, jan!” When Hirair Hovnanian told [more...]

July 1, 2014 // 6 Comments

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Ferllini and Croft: The Case of an Armenian Mass Grave

By Roxana Ferllini and Alexandra M. Croft The Armenian Weekly April 2014 magazine The following article is aimed at both the Armenian community and the general reader, with the intention of highlighting work conducted whilst exhuming a mass grave at Tell Fakhariyah, Ras al-Ain, in Syria during the [more...]

June 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Baydzar and Sarkis (photo by Nanore Barsoumian)

A Photographic Tribute to Baydzar, One of Diyarbakir’s Last Armenians

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (A.W.)—One of Diyarbakir’s last Armenians, 87-year-old Baydzar Eken, passed away at a local hospital on June 23. A month earlier, on May 23, the Armenian Weekly editors, joined by a small group of Armenian writers, filmmakers, and authors from across the U.S., visited with [more...]

June 24, 2014 // 6 Comments

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