Raymond Kévorkian to Speak at NAASR

BELMONT, Mass.—On Wed., March 14, renowned historian Raymond Kévorkian will give a lecture entitled “The Armenian Genocide: Writing the ‘Complete History’” at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Center in Belmont. The lecture will be given in Armenian with translation provided by Khatchig Mouradian.

Raymond Kévorkian will give a lecture entitled 'The Armenian Genocide: Writing the ‘Complete History’ at NAASR.

Kévorkian, the director of the Nubarian Library in Paris, is the author of an exhaustive and authoritative account of the origins, events, and consequences of the Armenian Genocide in 1915 and 1916. Originally published in French in 2006 as Le Génocide des Arméniens, Kévorkian’s The Armenian Genocide: A Complete History presents a detailed and meticulous record of the genocidal process, and provides an authoritative analysis of the events and their impact upon the Armenian community itself, as well as the development of the Turkish state. The English-language edition will be available for purchase the night of the lecture.

Drawing on a vast array of published and unpublished materials, including many eye-witness accounts and materials from the Nubarian Library, Kévorkian gives a village-by-village account of what happened, who was captured and slain, and how few survived. He examines the consequences of the violence against the Armenians, the implications of the deportations, and the attempts to bring those who committed the atrocities to justice. This landmark book has taken its place as an indispensable resource to historians of the period, as well as those wishing to understand the history of genocidal violence more generally.

Raymond Kévorkian’s books include important work on early Armenian printed books, Catalogue des “Incunables” Arméniens (1511/1695), Les Arméniens dans l’Empire Ottoman à la Veille du Génocide (with Paul Paboudjian), La Cilicie (1909-1921): Des Massacres d’Adana Au Mandat Francais, L’Extermination des Deportes Armeniens Ottomans dans les Camps de Concentration de Syrie-Mespotamie (1915-1916), and numerous scholarly articles. In 2010, he was presented with the Presidential Award from Armenian President Serge Sarkisian in recognition of his enormous contributions as a scholar.

Kévorkian’s lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the NAASR Center, 395 Concord Ave. in Belmont. For more information, call (617) 489-1610 or e-mail hq@naasr.org.


  1. I recommend that everyone attend Mr. Kevorkian’s presentation… and buy his book. The presentation is fantastic as is the remarkable book.

  2. His book is monumental. In it I learned what had happened to my grandfather and dozens Armenian men like him from the tiny village of Keghi in 1915. The story had remained hidden from a lifetime of grief from my family’s few survivors, including my father and grandmother, and decades of denial and destruction of documents by the Turkish government. Kevorkian found and told the story, and thousands like it.

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