An amazing biography about Robert and Ida Stapleton and their work in Erzerum

THE STORM OF LIFE: A MISSIONARY MARRIAGE FROM ARMENIA TO APPALACHIA

by Gretchen Rasch

London: Gomidas Institute, 2016, x + 285 pages, maps and photos, ISBN 978-1-909382-23-7, paperback, Price: UK£25.00 / US$35.00
The Storm of Life
TRUTH HELD HOSTAGE
AMERICA AND THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
- WHAT THEN? WHAT NOW?

Former American Ambassador, John M. Evans discusses his understanding of the Armenian Genocide and argues that the State Department should recognise it in the interest of the United States, Armenia and Turkey.

New Memoir published by the Gomidas Institute
TRUTH HELD HOSTAGE
United States Officials Who Bore Witness to the Armenian Genocide...

All three titles available from the Gomidas Institute.
US Officials and the Armenian Genocide

PROJECTS AND STUDIES

ARMENIANS IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

In the next few months the Gomidas Institute will be sharing a series of draft maps online for comment. The focus will be on Armenians in the late Ottoman Empire. These maps will then be developed for more integrated online and print editions.

MEMO: COMMEMORATING THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN TURKEY: BITLIS, MUTKI, AND DIYARBAKIR, 18-24 APRIL 2015

This commemorative trip was organised by the Gomidas Institute on the occasion of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. The trip attracted many students and professionals from across the globe. The core programme (below) also included a number of side-trips to  Armenian and Assyrian churches and monasteries between Bitlis and Diyarbakir. The programme attracted good local and international press coverage. The Gomidas Institute thanks its partners in Bitlis, Mutki and Diyarbakir for making this trip a success.

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CAMPAIGNS

THE TURKISH PARLIAMENT AND THE DENIAL OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

On 28 April 2005, after months of preparation, the Turkish Grand National Assembly launched a new initiative to deny the Armenian Genocide, with an attack on the 1916 British Parliamentary Blue Book, The Treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, 1915-17. The Turkish effort soon turned into a debacle, raising questions about the judgment of Turkish Parliamentarians when dealing with Armenian issues.


TALAAT PASHA'S REPORT ON THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

In 2008, Murat Bardakci published facsimile documents from Talaat Pasha's private papers, including a untitled statistical report on the Ottoman Armenians between 1914 and 1917. While official Turkish historians tried to undermine serious consideration of these documents, especially the statistical report on Armenians, the Gomidas Institute confirmed their using Ottoman records in Turkish archives - and demonstrated that Talaat's statistics were actually a calculation of how many Armenians had disappeared in the Ottoman Empire between 1914 and 1917. The statistics represented the official view of the Armenian Genocide and showed that over a million Ottoman Armenians had disappeared between these two dates.


WHAT HAPPENED ON 24 APRIL 1915? THE AYASH PRISONERS
Yusuf Sarinay claims that the Armenians who were arrested in the Ottoman capital on 24 April 1915 had posed a threat to the security of the Ottoman Empire and were taken into protective custody. He suggests that Turkish archives can account for the fate of these prisoners and argues that practically all of them survived until 1918, when they were released. He specifically argues that this was the case with the political prisoners sent to Ayash. Yet, an examination of his work shows that his account is contrived.


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PRESS

A Process of Reconciliation : Kurds, Armenians, and Turks Discuss the Legacy of the Armenian Genocide
20 September 2016 Report by Nora Vosbigian

(Photo: At
the ruins of St. Sarkis church, Diyarbakir: Kurdish politicians and activists praying for the victims of the Armenian Genocide, 24 April 2015.)

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Building Bridges: Kurdish Mayors Make Historic Visit to London
11 September 2016 Ara Sarafian

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Officials and Society in Eastern Turkey Confront Legacy of the Armenian Genocide
01 May 2015

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An Eye-Opener
21 October 2015 A Prodding and Contentious Work on the Armenian Genocide.

Anoush Melkonian (London)

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Karen Jeppe and Armenians: An Interview with Prof. Jonas Kauffeldt
01 February 2016 Nora Vosbigian (London)

Jonas Kauffeldt is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Georgia and a relative newcomer to the Armenian world. His recent translation of Karen Jeppeā€™s Danish book, Misak: An Armenian Life (Gomidas Institute, 2015) is a masterful work and includes a fascinating 70 page introduction by Kauffeldt.

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British Parliamentary Blue Book on Armenian Genocide Sent to the Turkish Parliament for a Second Time
22 February 2013

Nora Vosbigian (London)


The Gomidas Institute and the Turkish Human Rights Association remind the Turkish Grand National Assembly that the latter still owes an explanation for its 2005 allegations against the British Parliament and the Armenian Genocide thesis.

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Besmirching Armenians
21 March 2013 Anush Melkonian (London)

London was the venue for a conference sponsored by the Federation of Turkish Associations UK. The event took place in an auditorium hired at the London School of Economics by the sponsors. The thrust of the meeting was the vilification of Armenians and the denial of the Armenian Genocide.

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Making it Happen: Rehabilitating Armenians in Bitlis
17 July 2014 GI Press Release.

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A Ground-Breaking Turkish Conference : The Social and Economic History of Mardin Region, 1838-1938
09 November 2012 Fulya Burke (Mardin)

A truly international and interdisciplinary cutting-edge programme, with the participation of leading Armenian, Assyrian, Turkish and Kurdish scholars.

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Closer Cooperation between Armenians and Assyrians
11 December 2012

Executive Board, Assyrian American Association of San Jose

Seyfo Centre USA hosted a series of educational lectures in Los Angeles, San Diego, Turlock and San Jose on the Assyrian-Armenian Genocide and Seyfo in 1915. The lectures were organized with the help of local Assyrian American organizations, and given by the British-Armenian historian, Ara Sarafian (Gomidas Institute, London).

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