is a true story written by one of the survivors of the Armenian genocide.
His name is Sempad Shahnazarian the son of Der Kerope Shahnazarian one
of the victims of the massacres at Moush. This is not just another Armenian
"genocide" story. No! it's much more than that. It's a historic documentation
of the events taken place in Turkey during World War I and the cruel treatment
of the Armenian nation at the hands of the Turkish government.
Shahnazarian was born in Turkey and attended the Armenian College in Constantinople
where he received his AB degree shortly before the war began. He was drafted
into the Turkish Army and served as an artillery officer until the Turks
treatment of the Armenian people drove him to desert. He was arrested...
escaped again... and joined the French Legion d’Orient fighting the Turks
until the end of the war. After the war Mr. Shahnazarian immigrated to
America and lived till the age of 96, he passed away on September 22, 1985,
in Brownsville, Texas.
story sheds light on some of the Armenian traditions practiced by the people
during popular feasts. The author with his fluent and poetic pen describes
in detail his beautiful homeland, its mountains, rivers, valleys, forests
and animals. He recalls the people who had influenced him when he was a
child growing up in Moush and later in Constantinople where he was studying.
story is a bouquet of colorful emotions and experiences, sprinkled with
heroism, fear, love, hate, despair, hope, friendship, philosophy and sometimes
humor. The author vividly describes the tortures and the cruelty practiced
by the Turks against his nation and fellow countrymen, his experiences
during his service with the French 'Légion d’Orient' and the valiant
deeds of the men who fought under his command.
story is divided into 15 chapters, it starts with a 'preface' by the author
followed by a copy of 'The Légion of the East - Citation' awarded
to Mr. Shahnazarian by Général Dufieu, Commander of the First
Division of the Levant. At the end of the story the reader will find Mr.
Shahnazarian's obituary as published in the 'Armenian Courier Newspaper'
Los Angeles, California. We have included some pictures of the author and
his loved ones throughout the story supplied by his son Mr. Arsen Shahnazarian.
The genocide pictures where taken from a well known Album Revolutionnaire
Légion of the East - Citation