Monthly archives: December, 2018

Operation “Covered Market” – Istanbul, 1983

Operation "Covered Market" - Istanbul, 1983

June 16, 1983, Turkey. They thoroughly familiarized themselves with the area where the operation was to take place. They had studied each street in the city to such detail that they had no difficulties after landing and when reaching the closed market of Istanbul. According to the combat mission, the group was to seize a …

A Strong Armenian is an Armed Armenian

A Strong Armenian is an Armed Armenian

If you are not armed, you are always weak and defenseless. Weapons are a privilege of a free man. No one will protect you better than yourself. Armenians have been deprived of the right to carry weapons for many centuries. Presently, using arms should be taught not only to soldiers but also to civilians. Do …

The Origin of Armenian Surnames

The Origin of Armenian Surnames

The word “azganun” (Armenian: surname) is translated as “family name” (“azg” in this context means “family”, “anun” means “name”). In the old days, if several Tigrans or several Mhers lived in the same Armenian settlement, they were separated as follows: Tigran, Ashot’s grandson, or Mher, Sahak’s grandson. In other words, they would be distinguished by …

Derenik Demirchian – Do You Understand Anything in an Armenian?

Derenik Demirchian

Let us present the essay of an outstanding Armenian writer Derenik Demirchian, the author of the novel “Vardanank”, which was first published on August 2, 1920, and has since been reproduced quite rarely, mainly in the Armenian media of the Diaspora. “Do you understand anything in an Armenian? What an unusual, mysterious, and deceptive creature. …

Lord of War Sarkis Soghanalian – I Helped My Country, Armenia

Lord of War Sarkis Soghanalian

When the heart of 82-year-old Sarkis Soghanalian stopped beating in Miami’s private clinic on October 6, 2011, many US and Pentagon foreign intelligence officers sighed with relief. Soghanalian knew too much, and the fate of too many people depended on him. But Soghanalian has never been talkative. He preferred to do business, not talk. And …

Albert Vandal on the Zeytun Highlanders

Albert Vandal on the Zeytun Highlanders

During the uprising of 1861-62 against the Turks, Zeytun residents sent two emissaries to Napoleon III with a request to intervene. In response, the emperor ordered to assess the situation, sending one of the officials of the French Embassy in Constantinople to Zeytun. As a result, a note was sent to the government of the …

Arshak Gambaryan and His Thirteen Friends

Arshak Gambaryan and His Thirteen Friends

The roots of the Gambaryan family remained there, beyond Araks, in the plundered and desecrated cemeteries of Alashkert. Some branches of the family that miraculously survived the Turkish yatagan would settle in Aparan. Arshak physically was a very strong man engaged in boxing from the second class. The Artsakh movement that had commenced on February …

The Armenian Military Elite According to Mamuka Gogitidze and Georgy Bezhitashvili

The Armenian Military Elite

Doctors of Historical Sciences Mamuka Gogitidze and Georgy Bezhitashvili published the book “Armenian Military Elite” last year. This biographical directory includes Armenians born in Georgia who were given the rank of general in the Russian Imperial Army (1723-1917), the Soviet Army and Navy (1940-1991), the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the Armed Forces of …

Portraits from the Sarkis Diranyan Gallery

We all know great Armenian artists like Ivan Aivazovsky (Hovhannes Ayvazyan), Martiros Saryan, and Arshile Gorki. But there are many amazing artists of the past and present who remain below the line of attention. From time to time, the works of such artists are published with the hope of public appreciation. Thus, we present the …

Letter of Komitas to Hovhannes Tumanyan

Letter of Komitas to Hovhannes Tumanyan

“Dear Hovhannes, you did not come to Etchmiadzin – you got afraid of mosquitoes. I would have arranged you in a place inaccessible to even the smallest of mosquitos. There is nothing more to talk about. If you want to go to Dilijan, very well. Don’t worry about the piano. The purpose of my or …

The Collapse of Turkey’s Genocide Denial Policy Due to the Griker Archive

The Collapse of Turkey’s Genocide Denial Policy

In his interview with the Armenian edition of the “Akos” newspaper, well-known Turkish historian and a professor at Clark University in the US Taner Akçam gave noteworthy details in connection with the digitization of vardapet (archimandrite) Grigor Kerkerian’s (Griker) archive. Note that thanks to the efforts of Taner Akçam, the archive has become available on …