“Under Stalin’s Sun” book presentation to be held at Project Save

WATERTOWN, Mass.—Project Save’s “Conversations on Photography” series resumes on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. with an online presentation of Suren Oganessian’s unique memoir, Under Stalin’s Sun, which recounts his intense experience from Meghri to his brutal years in the gulags, and his harrowing escape and journey to the United States. Registration is required at projectsave.org.

From the 1930s-1950s Stalin’s gulag labor camps imprisoned over 18 million people, including at least 40,000 Armenians. Under Stalin’s Sun is a rare firsthand account by one of the Armenian survivors of the gulag. It is possibly the only such memoir available in English (available now on Amazon and other online shops). 

Ogannesian’s memoir was recently retranslated and republished by Raffi Meneshian, who is the founder of Pomegranate Music, an educator and publisher. He is also Ogannessian’s grandson. Meneshian will present the book, along with photos of his grandfather, followed by a discussion moderated by Arto Vaun, executive director of Project Save.

According to Vaun, “The Armenian world has understandably been very focused on the tumultuous events of the past 30 years in Armenia. But we cannot fully understand post-Soviet Armenia without a deeper assessment and discussion of the Stalinist years, which continue to haunt both Armenia and parts of the diaspora.”

Launched in 2021, “Conversations on Photography” is an ongoing series by Project Save that promotes discussions about photography, social history, culture and preservation. Past talks are available to watch on the Project Save website. 

This is an online event and registration is required at projectsave.org. For more info: archives@projectsave.org.

Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives
Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives collects, documents, preserves, and promotes Armenian Heritage through the photograph.

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  1. “Under Stalin’s Sun”

    The Armenians who saw communism as salvation for the Armenians reported the Armenians they did not like to the regime.
    just like communist hunting in America…(McCarthyism or the Second Red Panic…)
    We also expect something for the Armenians in America who were affected by this and whose lives were destroyed….

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