armenianhighland:

Առորա ՄարտիկանեանAurora MardiganianArmenian girl at the age of fourteen saw her entire family get slaughtered as she was made to watch. After that she forced to march over 1,400 miles, during which she was kidnapped and sold into the slave markets, Aurora ended in the hands of Ottman Officers and  was brutally raped and tortured by Turkish, Kurdish and German officers for two years. Besides being raped , she was physically tortured because she did not renounce her Christian faith.This was not a unique story as it is shared by tens of thousands of other Armenian, Assyrian and Greek women during the Armenian Genocide. but was is unique is what happened next. She stayed strong and managed to escape and eventually end up in USA. 
Knowing her fight was not over, In 1918, the book “Ravished Armenia” based on her story was published in USA, written by her with the help of Harvey Gates. Then, by the plot of this book, the first film about the Armenian Genocide was produced in Hollywood, where she came up as a screenwriter and actress.The entire revenue of the film, 30 million American dollars was provided to 60 thousand Armenian orphans suffering from the Genocide.
Mardiganian was referred to in the press as the Joan of Arc of Armenia, describing her role as the spokesperson for the victims of the horrors that were then taking place in Turkey and the catalyst for the humanist movement in America. She is just one of the many millions of victims of the Armenian Genocide. A Genocide that claimed 1,5 million Armenians, 750 thousand Assyrians and 900 thousand Greeks. And left millions of others scared for life.
She died in 1994, he endured hardships and tragedy left an lasting mark on her soul. 

Amazing! Thank you for sharing this!!

armenianhighland:

Առորա Մարտիկանեան
Aurora Mardiganian

Armenian girl at the age of fourteen saw her entire family get slaughtered as she was made to watch. After that she forced to march over 1,400 miles, during which she was kidnapped and sold into the slave markets, Aurora ended in the hands of Ottman Officers and  was brutally raped and tortured by Turkish, Kurdish and German officers for two years. Besides being raped , she was physically tortured because she did not renounce her Christian faith.

This was not a unique story as it is shared by tens of thousands of other Armenian, Assyrian and Greek women during the Armenian Genocide. but was is unique is what happened next. She stayed strong and managed to escape and eventually end up in USA. 

Knowing her fight was not over, In 1918, the book “Ravished Armenia” based on her story was published in USA, written by her with the help of Harvey Gates. Then, by the plot of this book, the first film about the Armenian Genocide was produced in Hollywood, where she came up as a screenwriter and actress.

The entire revenue of the film, 30 million American dollars was provided to 60 thousand Armenian orphans suffering from the Genocide.

Mardiganian was referred to in the press as the Joan of Arc of Armenia, describing her role as the spokesperson for the victims of the horrors that were then taking place in Turkey and the catalyst for the humanist movement in America. She is just one of the many millions of victims of the Armenian Genocide. A Genocide that claimed 1,5 million Armenians, 750 thousand Assyrians and 900 thousand Greeks. And left millions of others scared for life.

She died in 1994, he endured hardships and tragedy left an lasting mark on her soul. 

Amazing! Thank you for sharing this!!

simplysunnysagittarius:

99 years and Turkey and still in denial. We will never forget what happened 99 years ago.. Our wounds are still open. 1915 NEVER AGAIN

simplysunnysagittarius:

99 years and Turkey and still in denial. We will never forget what happened 99 years ago.. Our wounds are still open. 1915 NEVER AGAIN

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a message from the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief:


SOAR Commemorates April 24th by Remembering the Fallen of the 1915:  By the end of the First World War, more than 150,000 Armenian children were left parentless as a direct result of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Authorities.  The orphaned children who survived overcame significant difficulties, but ultimately remained faithful to their religion and nationality. SOAR thanks them for their courage and remembers their sacrifices.

a message from the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief:

SOAR Commemorates April 24th by Remembering the Fallen of the 1915: By the end of the First World War, more than 150,000 Armenian children were left parentless as a direct result of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Authorities. The orphaned children who survived overcame significant difficulties, but ultimately remained faithful to their religion and nationality. SOAR thanks them for their courage and remembers their sacrifices.
ghostsista:

Drawing of the streets of Gyumri, ghost city of my soul.

ghostsista:

Drawing of the streets of Gyumri, ghost city of my soul.

onearmenia:

Elder #barevolution supporter at Freedom Square on inauguration day #armenia #armenianactivism #raffihovannisian #serzhsarksyan #opera #elections #protest #opposition

onearmenia:

Elder #barevolution supporter at Freedom Square on inauguration day #armenia #armenianactivism #raffihovannisian #serzhsarksyan #opera #elections #protest #opposition

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ghostsista:

Prayer to Astghik

Աստվածուհին սիրո եւ վերջին սերը. Աստղիկ, ես մենակ եմ. Ուղարկիր ինձ իմ ցանկություն.  Բեր ինձ ցանկամոլություն. Սապփո, որ Աֆրոդիտեի դուստրը. Ես ուզում եմ ձեզ հիմա, իմ մուգ մայրը.

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Goddess of love and last love.  Astghik, I'm alone. Send me my wish. Bring me my desire. Sappho was Aphrodite’s daughter. I need you now, my dark mother.
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Astghik, besides being a popular Armenian girl’s name, is one of the old gods that lived in the Caucasus mountains before Armenia became the first Christian nation in the world. She was, and is, a love goddess, the protector of young girls and the guardian of fresh water. The Greek poet Sappho wrote a hymn to Aphrodite. This is my hymn for Astghik.
And once again I must apologize for my poor skills in Armenian. I am slowly learning the grammar, but it is a slow process when you are teaching yourself. One day I hope to be able to write the poems I dream about writing in Armenian, but until then I will keep on trying.

ghostsista:

Prayer to Astghik

Աստվածուհին սիրո եւ վերջին սերը. Աստղիկ, ես մենակ եմ. Ուղարկիր ինձ իմ ցանկություն.  Բեր ինձ ցանկամոլություն. Սապփո, որ Աֆրոդիտեի դուստրը. Ես ուզում եմ ձեզ հիմա, իմ մուգ մայրը.

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Goddess of love and last love.  Astghik, I'm alone. Send me my wish. Bring me my desire. Sappho was Aphrodite’s daughter. I need you now, my dark mother.

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Astghik, besides being a popular Armenian girl’s name, is one of the old gods that lived in the Caucasus mountains before Armenia became the first Christian nation in the world. She was, and is, a love goddess, the protector of young girls and the guardian of fresh water. The Greek poet Sappho wrote a hymn to Aphrodite. This is my hymn for Astghik.

And once again I must apologize for my poor skills in Armenian. I am slowly learning the grammar, but it is a slow process when you are teaching yourself. One day I hope to be able to write the poems I dream about writing in Armenian, but until then I will keep on trying.

ghostsista:

Կորած ուրվական.Ես որոնում եմ ձեր գանգի:Տէր Զօր.
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Lost ghost.I search for your skull.Der Zor.

ghostsista:

Կորած ուրվական.
Ես որոնում եմ ձեր գանգի:
Տէր Զօր.

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Lost ghost.
I search for your skull.
Der Zor.

ghostsista:

"The only throne left to him." 

Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid, know in the Western press as “the sick man of Europe” for the atrocities committed against his own people.

ghostsista:

"The only throne left to him."

Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid, know in the Western press as “the sick man of Europe” for the atrocities committed against his own people.

ghostsista:

Queen Zabel – Զաբել թագուհի (1219-1252) Daughter of King Levon of Cilicia, Zabel was proclaimed the successor to the throne and Queen of Cilicia. She was just a young child when her father died. She first married the Duke of Antioch but he was arrested and executed for not adopting the Armenian Church and fleeing the country with her. Then she was married off to her guardian’s son, Hetum against her will. As this was imposed on her, she refused for years to have any contact with her new husband. Years later, Hetum’s dedication, courage and good will made her change her mind and she agreed to rule the country by his side.

A responsible queen and a dedicated mother, Zabel was very involved in leading the country and played an important role in the development of education and literature. She was the protector of the fine arts and a devoted supporter of theater. At the age of 25 she sponsored the building of a hospital where she used to volunteer in person.

Zabel successfully governed the country together with her husband Hetum and the coins minted during that period bear the effigies of both.

Sources: Vahan Kurkjian, A History of Armenia, 1958

painting: Vardges Surenyants, Queen Zabel’s return to the throne, 1909

ghostsista:

Queen Zabel – Զաբել թագուհի (1219-1252) Daughter of King Levon of Cilicia, Zabel was proclaimed the successor to the throne and Queen of Cilicia. She was just a young child when her father died. She first married the Duke of Antioch but he was arrested and executed for not adopting the Armenian Church and fleeing the country with her. Then she was married off to her guardian’s son, Hetum against her will. As this was imposed on her, she refused for years to have any contact with her new husband. Years later, Hetum’s dedication, courage and good will made her change her mind and she agreed to rule the country by his side.

A responsible queen and a dedicated mother, Zabel was very involved in leading the country and played an important role in the development of education and literature. She was the protector of the fine arts and a devoted supporter of theater. At the age of 25 she sponsored the building of a hospital where she used to volunteer in person.

Zabel successfully governed the country together with her husband Hetum and the coins minted during that period bear the effigies of both.

Sources: Vahan Kurkjian, A History of Armenia, 1958

painting: Vardges Surenyants, Queen Zabel’s return to the throne, 1909