Month: January 2019

The Budget of the Armenian Army in 1919

We present to your attention an interesting historical document. It introduces preliminary costs for the Armenian National Army. The document was prepared in 1919 by the Government of the First Republic of Armenia and approved on January 10 at the 59th assembly of the Armenian Parliament. “Issues of the agenda. The first paragraph of the

Hovhannes Hakhverdyan – First Minister of Defense of Armenia

Last year was celebrated the centenary of the First Republic of Armenia. Along with this, it would be correct to note the fact that the Armenian army was created and fully held a century ago as well. And the first minister of defense of Armenia was Lieutenant General Hovhannes Hakhverdyan. He served as minister from

First Armenian General in the US Army – Haig Shekerjian

Haig Shekerjian was born on June 13, 1886, in the city of İzmit in the Ottoman Empire. He was only 5 years old when he together with this parents Hagop and Esther moved to the city of Fresno (California, USA). Haig’s father was a simple worker, while mother was a housewife. “Once I asked my

The Turks Wanted to Make Lavash Their Cultural Heritage

It turns out that back in 2014, Turkey together with Azerbaijan was preparing to include lavash – Armenian white bread – into the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list as a Turkic product. However, lavash would be included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as an expression of the culture

Moritz Wagner on Vasily Behbutov – Books Don’t Talk About This

Famous German traveler, biologist, and geographer Moritz Wagner during his trip to the South Caucasus visited Armenia and spent some time in Yerevan in 1843. In his books “Journey to Ararat and Armenian Highlands” and “Journey to Persia and Kurdistan”, he described his impressions about Armenia. “During my three-year wanderings in Asia, I received and

Woolly Mammoths Have Lived in the Armenian Highlands

An interview with Yevgeny Mashchenko, Senior Researcher at the Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Yevgeny Nikolayevich, what is the reason for the interest of paleontologists in Armenia and our entire region? “Armenia is a part of the Asia Minor region and therefore is of particular importance in the study of zoogeography and

Armenian Cuisine Traditions Should Be Taught in Schools – Sedrak Mamulyan

Sedrak Mamulyan, chairman of the NGO “Development and Preservation of Armenian Culinary Traditions”, thinks that the Armenian national cuisine and its traditions should be taught in Armenian schools. “Today, it is very important that our traditions be preserved inside the country, and that the younger generation knows their cuisine. Through the Ministry of Culture of

I Am Proud to be an Armenian – Mayor of Montebello

The former pro tem mayor of the California city of Montebello Jack Hadjinian is the grandson of a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. No wonder that the centenary of the Armenian Genocide in 2015 was important for the first mayor – albeit pro tem – of Armenian origin. Jack Hadjinian told about this in an

Fortresses & Monasteries – Monuments of Ancient Armenia (Video)

A mere video or photo cannot convey the true picture of an architectural structure or surrounding nature even if captured by a high-class professional. And not because they are badly filmed or something is missing. Rather, it is because the video does not convey the fullness of sensations dependent on sounds and smells that can’t

Grigor Tatevatsi – Prominent Armenian Scientist, Philosopher

Grigor Tatevatsi (1346-1409 or 1410) was a prominent Armenian scholar, philosopher, theologian, and teacher of the Middle Ages. He was the rector of Tatev University in Armenia. Together with his teacher Hovhannes Vorotnetsi, he was one of the main representatives of the Tatev school. Tatevatsi was born in 1346 in the town of Tmok (now

Garegin Nzhdeh – Excerpts from an Open Letter to the Commanders of the Red Army

“It was you who by deception doomed the disobedient and freedom-loving people of Karabakh, Syunik, and Vayots Dzor to robbery and massacres. Along with social devastation, you ungodly campaigned to decapitate the people inhabiting this mountainous region. You, consciously ignoring the most minimal requirements of revolutionary ethics, became the allies of the completely reactionary, inhuman,

Self-Defense of Urfa – 1915

The self-defense of the city of Urfa (Edessa) by the Armenian population occurred in September-October 1915. Before WWI, about 35 thousand Armenians lived in Urfa. Since the beginning of the war, 1.500 Armenians from Urfa, mostly young people, were drafted into the Turkish army where they would be all killed off. In the middle of