Portraits of Hope

Portraits of Hope
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Armenians in the Contemporary World
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9781782389415
Veröffentl:
2007
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Seiten:
400
Autor:
Huberta v. Voss
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Sprache:
Englisch
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Elie Wiesel called the genocide of the Armenians during the First World War 'the Holocaust before the Holocaust'. Around one and a half million Armenians - men, women and children - were slaughtered at the time of the First World War. This book outlines some of the historical facts and consequences of the massacres but sees it as its main objective to present the Armenians to the foreign reader, their history but also their lives and achievements in the present that finds most Armenians dispersed throughout the world. 3000 years after their appearance in history, 1700 years after adopting Christianity and almost 90 years after the greatest catastrophe in their history, these 50 'biographical sketches of intellectuals, artists, journalists, and othersproduce a complicated kaleidoscope of a divided but lively people that is trying once again, to rediscover its ethnic coherence. Armenian civilization does not consist solely of stories about a far-off past, but also of traditions and a national conscience suggestive of a future that will transcend the present.' [from the Preface]

Elie Wiesel called the genocide of the Armenians during the First World War ‘the Holocaust before the Holocaust’. Around one and a half million Armenians - men, women and children – were slaughtered at the time of the First World War. This book outlines some of the historical facts and consequences of the massacres but sees it as its main objective to present the Armenians to the foreign reader, their history but also their lives and achievements in the present that finds most Armenians dispersed throughout the world. 3000 years after their appearance in history, 1700 years after adopting Christianity and almost 90 years after the greatest catastrophe in their history, these 50 ‘biographical sketches of intellectuals, artists, journalists, and others…produce a complicated kaleidoscope of a divided but lively people that is trying once again, to rediscover its ethnic coherence. Armenian civilization does not consist solely of stories about a far-off past, but also of traditions and a national conscience suggestive of a future that will transcend the present.’ [from the Preface]

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Preface
Yehuda Bauer


Prologue
Huberta von Voss


Acknowledgements


PART I: INTRODUCTION


Chapter 1. Between Ararat and the Caucasus: Portrait of a Tiny Country in Five Lessons
Tessa Hofmann


Chapter 2. The Armenian Genocide: An Interpretation
Vahakn N. Dadrian


Chapter 3. The Turkish Denial of the Armenian Genocide in its European Context
Taner Akçam


Chapter 4. The Silent Partner: Imperial Germany and the Young Turks’ Policy of Annihilation
Wolfgang Gust


PART II: PORTRAITS FROM AROUND THE WORLD


History Chapter 5. The Investigator: Vahakn N. Dadrian, Genocide Scholar (Cambridge, MA)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 6. A Foundation of Facts and Fiction: The Poet and Writer Peter Balakian (Hamilton, NY)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 7. The Memory of Cilicia: Claude Mutafian, Historian and Mathematician (Paris)
Dorothea Hahn


Chapter 8. Lord of the Books: Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation (New York City)
Huberta von Voss


Words Chapter 9. Shadows and Phantoms: Michael J. Arlen, Writer and Media Critic (New York City)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 10. The Ashes of Smyrna: Marjorie Housepian Dobkin, Writer (New York City)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 11. The Tracker: Nouritza Matossian, Writer and Actress (London and Nicosia)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 12. Difficult Truths: Nancy Krikorian, Writer (New York City)
Hrag Vartanian


Chapter 13. A Seedbed of Words: Hrant Dink, Editor-in-chief of the Armenian Newspaper Agos (Istanbul)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 14. La Femme révoltée: Human Rights Activist and President of the Armenian PEN-Club, Anna Hakobyan (Yerevan)
Rainer Hermann


Chapter 15. Vocation: Azgayin gortsich. Zori Balayan: An Intellectual (Karabakh-Yerevan)
Tessa Hofmann


Faith Chapter 16. The Catholicos of All Armenians: His Holiness Karekin II (Echmiadzin)
Rainer Hermann


Chapter 17. The Modernizer with the Miter: His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia (Antelias, Beirut)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 18. Referee on a Slippery Pitch: His Beatitude Mesrop II, Patriarch of the Armenians in Turkey (Istanbul)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 19. With Cellphone and Habit on Lord Byron’s Island: Father Grigoris and the Novice Artour (San Lazzaro, Venice)
Huberta von Voss


Arts and Architecture


Chapter 20. Son of an Amazon: Ashot Bayandur, Painter (Nicosia and Yerevan)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 21. Seismograph of Different Worlds: Painter Sarkis Hamalbashian (Gyumri and Yerevan)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 22. Fitzcarraldo in the Olive Grove: Garo Keheyan, Philanthropist and Impresario (Nicosia)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 23. Ibis Eyes: Artist and Poetess Anna Boghiguian (Alexandria and Cairo)
Huberta von Voss


Film and Photography


Chapter 24. Screening His stories: The Film-maker Atom Egoyan (Toronto)
Ian Balfour


Chapter 25. Hollywood in Downtown Cairo: Van Leo, Photographer (Cairo)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 26. Beyond All Limits: On the Art of Film-maker Artavazd Peleschjan (Moscow)
Gerald Matt


Music


Chapter 27. The Voice of France: Charles Aznavour, alias Varenagh Aznavourian (Paris)
Pascale Hugues


Chapter 28. Under the Stars: Accordion-player Madame Anahit on the Alleys of Beyoglu (Istanbul)
Christiane Schlötzer-Scotland


Commitment


Chapter 29. Ways to Identity: Berge Setrakian, President of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (New York City)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 30. Daily Bread of Resolutions: Hilda Tchoboian, President of the Euro-Armenian Federation (Brussels)
Daniela Weingärtner


Politics and Diplomacy


Chapter 31. From Diamonds to Diplomacy: Vartan Oskanian, Armenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (Yerevan)
Rainer Hermann


Chapter 32. Armenia’s Attorney on the Banks of the Seine: Minister Patrick Devedjian, Legal Adviser to French President Chirac (Paris)
Michaela Wiegel


Chapter 33. In the Mission Quicksands: Benon Sevan, Ex-Undersecretary General of the United Nations (New York City)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 34. The Man with the Mirror: The Armenian Ambassador to the OSCE and to International Organizations in Vienna, Jivan Tabibian (Vienna)
Huberta von Voss


Life of Images


Chapter 35. Courier of the Czar: The Petrossian Caviar Empire and Its Owner, Armen Petrossian (Paris)
Gil Eilin Jung


Chapter 36. End of a Long Journey: The Sexton Michael Stephen and the Armenians in India (Madras)
Jochen Buchsteiner


Chapter 37. The Skeptic of the Jaffa Gate: Kevork Hintlian (Jerusalem)
Paul Badde


Chapter 38. “Excuse me, how do I get to the front?” The Brothers Monte and Markar Melkonian (Los Angeles)
Michael Krikorian


Chapter 39. The Everyday Life of a Hero: Levon Arutunyan, Veteran of the Karabakh War (Yerevan)
Rainer Hermann


Chapter 40. The Magic of the Opal: The Jeweler Varoojan (John) Iskenderian (Sydney)
Ron Knight


Chapter 41. ¿Vos hablás armenio? Rosita Youssefian, Teacher of Armenian (Buenos Aires)
Josef Oehrlein


Chapter 42. Portrait of Survival: Reflections on the Life of Vahram S. Touryan (Pasadena)
Lorna Touryan Miller


Chapter 43. Grande Dame of the Myths: The Archeologist Nina Jidejian (Beirut)
Huberta von Voss


Chapter 44. A Perfectly Normal Story: Alfred and Ophelia Mouradian (Berlin)
Jochen Mangelsen


PART III: SYMBOLIC PLACES


Chapter 45. Swan Song in the Holy Land: The Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem
Jörg Bremer


Chapter 46. Last Stop: The desert of Deir-es-Zor
Nouritza Matossian


Chapter 47. Gangway to Life: The Armenian Quarter of Bourj Hammoud in Beirut
Victor Kocher


Chapter 48. Struggle for Survival: Franz Werfel and the Armenians of Musa Dagh
Hannes Stein


Chapter 49. An Eye for an Eye: The Assasination of Talaat Pasa on the Hardenbergstrasse in Berlin
Tessa Hofmann


Chapter 50. Inch Piti Asem? The Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial in Armenia
Mark Grigorian


Epilogue: The Dichtomy of Truth and Denial and the Remembrance of a Courageous Turk (Toronto)
K.M. Greg Sarkissian


Annex
Key Dates in Armenian History
Glossary
Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Index

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