Monthly archives: February, 2019

Memoirs of the Ottoman Empire’s Athlete Vahram Papazyan

Memoirs of the Ottoman Empire’s Athlete

The memoirs “Love, love, love” is the exclusive primary source about the life of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire before the genocide. The book presents unique information about the history of physical education, the Olympic Games, WWI, the Armenian Genocide, the deportation, etc. For the first time in its history in 1912, the Ottoman Empire …

French Radio Station RFI to Broadcast in Armenian

French Radio Station RFI

Last year in October, in connection with the Francophone Summit held in Yerevan, the French radio station RFI (Radio France Internationale) presented a special series of programs in the Armenian language dedicated to this event. The programs were broadcast during the week. In Yerevan, they were broadcast on the frequency FM 102.4. As a result …

Michel Legrand: “When I Come to Armenia”

Michel Legrand: “When I Come to Armenia”

“Every time I come to Armenia, the first thought that is born in my head is the thought that I am on the land of my ancestors, and a feeling of deep pride seizes me. These days, I am becoming more sensitive. Before the massacre of Armenians by the Turks, the last person from my …

The Plan of Stalin, Bagirov, and Beria to Destroy Armenia – 1953

The Plan of Stalin, Bagirov, and Beria

In the summer of 1933, Ruben Gukasovich Rubenov (Ռուբեն Ղուկասի Ռուբենով) was replaced by Mir Jafar Bagirov at the position of the first secretary of the Azerbaijani Communist Party. This appointment could not take place without the assistance of Beria and the consent of Stalin. During his twenty-year rule (1933-1953), Bagirov presented himself as the …

Demolition of the Church of St. Poghos-Petros in Yerevan in 1939

The Church of St. Poghos-Petros was one of those famous churches which was described by European travelers in great detail. The church had a restrained architecture and belonged to the type of dome-less three-nave basilicas which were common in the 5th-6th centuries. Despite the fact that the date of construction of the church is the …

Alexander Amfiteatrov’s “The Armenian Question”

Alexander Amfiteatrov’s “The Armenian Question”

In February 1896, I arrived in Constantinople from Sofia where we had been celebrating the turning of the Bulgarian heir to Orthodoxy. Constantinople was still full of traces of the recent “revolution” – this is how the Armenian massacre committed by the Muslim scum Istanbul was for some reason called – which was organized by …

Photo of Armenian Orphans in a Syrian Refugee Camp

Photo of Armenian Orphans

The photo depicts a line of Armenian orphans holding their daily ration of bread. The photo was taken by Leopold Kashchik, the Polish employee of Danish missionary Karen Jeppe. Kashchik also photographed the Armenian refugee camp in Aleppo on the instructions of Jeppe. Karen Jeppe attached such photos to the letters which she sent to …

Mushegh Mamikonyan and King Pap Celebrate Victory in the Battle of Dzirav – 16th-Century Miniature

Mushegh Mamikonyan and King Pap

In this 16th-century miniature are portrayed Sparapet (commander) Mushegh Mamikonyan, King Pap, and the soldiers of the Armenian cavalry detachment. This miniature illustrates the great victory of the Armenians over the Persian army of Shapur II in the Battle of Dzirav in 371 AD. Thanks to this victory, Pap returned the marginal territories that had …

The Armenian Alphabet in a Dutch Engraving from 1690

The Armenian Alphabet

The Armenian culture, literature, and history have always been at the center of attention of European art historians and publishers. Dutch painter, engraver, and poet Jan Luyken lived and worked in Amsterdam in the late 17th – early 18th century. His most famous works are the illustrations for the five-volume cartographic atlas “Nieuwe Lichtende Zee-Fakkel” …

German Scientist Joseph Markwart Saved Armenian Relics from a Turk

German Scientist Joseph Markwart

In mid-1919, a person of eastern appearance paid a visit to German professor Joseph Markwart. He was middle-aged and dark-skinned. After the initial greetings, the visitor followed the professor’s suggestion and settled on the sofa. Markwart laid out his Armenian study works on the table, as usual: many familiar and unfamiliar Armenians were visiting him …