Daily Life in the Abyss: Genocide Diaries, 1915-1918

Lecture | March 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Vahe Tachjian, Chief Editor of the Berlin-based Houshamdyan website, Houshamdyan

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

In 1915, two Armenian families (the Bogharians and the Tavukjians) were deported from Ayntab (in the Ottoman Empire), together with many other Armenian inhabitants of the town. They were forcibly resettled, first in Hama and then in the nearby town of Salamiyya (today in Syria). Two diaries written by members of these families have come down to us: one by Father Nerses Tavukjian, the other by Krikor Bogharian. Setting out from these diaries, the book recreates the quotidian world of the deportees trapped in an extraordinary historical moment. Through the analysis of the diaries and other source materials, the talk and the book on which it is based reconstruct the rhythms of daily life within an often bleak and hostile environment, where ordinary lives faced a gradually disintegrating social fabric.