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  • Paperback: 75 pages
  • Publisher: Armenian Cultural Foundation (October 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061584734X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615847344
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This service to humanity has involved great sacrifice beyond the vast sums contributed by a willing people. Thirty American relief workers have laid down their lives in this service to mankind and their bodies lie in the soil of the land and amid the peoples whom their efforts and sacrifices have saved. No private enterprise ever undertaken by Americans and in the name of America has accomplished more to arouse, in the minds and hearts of all the peoples of the countries in which this organization has carried on its operations, a sincere regard and even affection for America. They have seen in this service a demonstration of a practical consciousness of brotherhood and good will toward all peoples. Those who dwell in the Near East have been impressed, through the work of this Committee, with what they regard as the true spirit of our people. They have not been able to detect in its years of service any ulterior motive, taint of politics, territorial ambitions, bid for spheres of influence, or sectarian propaganda. They can see embodied in the fifteen years of disinterested operations, the sincere desire and purpose to render help to peoples in extreme need, and to give it without expectation or even the possibility of return in anything except the expressions of gratitude from those helped and the consciousness of having responded to a call to duty. President Calvin Coolidge s Observation on Near East Relief --Quotes from the text

After what I experienced, I had felt that I had been summoned from the Heavens. . . . The Lord had shown me the path . . . [and] led me to a people, who, despite all adversities and miseries, had resolved to remain faithful to their God and the Lord. . . . Isn't this the same people who just a couple of years ago [1894-1896] had been subjected to horrible massacres? Their villages razed, plundered and tens of thousands massacred. And yet, . . . with resolute faith in God, continue to remain hopeful that better days are yet to come and that they will be more felicitous. God dispatched me to such a people so that I can attend to their wounds as their true brother. Thus, I resolved to serve that people [the Armenians] as a true brother. Ever since, I have come to deeply believe that all barbaric schemes to destroy the Armenian people will always be destined to fail. Jakob Künzler, In the Land of Blood and Tears. --Quotes from the text

Mr. President: Your words as to the observance of Golden Rule Sunday last year have gone out into all the earth, as the lines of which the Psalmist spoke . . . the most impressive is this beautiful rug which the [Armenian] children in the orphanage in the Lebanons have made for you. . . They began work on it as soon as your sympathetic words reached them. . . They have tied into it the gratitude of tens of thousands of children to you and to America. And what they have tied into it will never be untied. . . It is sent to adorn the dearest of our temples, the White House of our President. Dr. John H. Finley, Vice-Chairman of the Near East Relief Executive Committee My Dear Dr. Finley: The beautiful rug woven by the children in the orphanage in the Lebanons has been received. This, their expression of gratitude for what we have been able to do in this country for their aid, is accepted by me as a token of their goodwill to the people of the United States, who have assisted in the work of the Near East Relief. Will you be good enough to extend to these orphans my thanks and the thanks of the vast number of our citizens whose generosity this labor of love is intended to acknowledge. The rug has a place of honor in the White House, where it will be a daily symbol of good-will on earth. Thank you, Dr. Finley, for your services in making this presentation and the sentiment which went with it. Most sincerely yours, Calvin Coolidge, The --Quotes from the text

After what I experienced, I had felt that I had been summoned from the Heavens. . . . The Lord had shown me the path . . . [and] led me to a people, who, despite all adversities and miseries, had resolved to remain faithful to their God and the Lord. . . . Isn't this the same people who just a couple of years ago [1894-1896] had been subjected to horrible massacres? Their villages razed, plundered and tens of thousands massacred. And yet, . . . with resolute faith in God, continue to remain hopeful that better days are yet to come and that they will be more felicitous. God dispatched me to such a people so that I can attend to their wounds as their true brother. Thus, I resolved to serve that people [the Armenians] as a true brother. Ever since, I have come to deeply believe that all barbaric schemes to destroy the Armenian people will always be destined to fail. Jakob Künzler, In the Land of Blood and Tears. --Quotes from the text

Mr. President: Your words as to the observance of Golden Rule Sunday last year have gone out into all the earth, as the lines of which the Psalmist spoke . . . the most impressive is this beautiful rug which the [Armenian] children in the orphanage in the Lebanons have made for you. . . They began work on it as soon as your sympathetic words reached them. . . They have tied into it the gratitude of tens of thousands of children to you and to America. And what they have tied into it will never be untied. . . It is sent to adorn the dearest of our temples, the White House of our President. Dr. John H. Finley, Vice-Chairman of the Near East Relief Executive Committee My Dear Dr. Finley: The beautiful rug woven by the children in the orphanage in the Lebanons has been received. This, their expression of gratitude for what we have been able to do in this country for their aid, is accepted by me as a token of their goodwill to the people of the United States, who have assisted in the work of the Near East Relief. Will you be good enough to extend to these orphans my thanks and the thanks of the vast number of our citizens whose generosity this labor of love is intended to acknowledge. The rug has a place of honor in the White House, where it will be a daily symbol of good-will on earth. Thank you, Dr. Finley, for your services in making this presentation and the sentiment which went with it. Most sincerely yours, Calvin Coolidge, The New York Times, December 4, 1925 --Quotes from the text

About the Author

Dr. Hagop Martin Deranian was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1922. His parents were both from the town of Hussenig, Kharpert Province, Ottoman Turkish Armenia. He is named Hagop in honor of Hagop Bogigian, his mother s uncle, who was a pioneer rug merchant in America and benefactor of education for Armenian young women. His mother, born Varter Bogigian, who died in 1929, was a survivor of the genocide, having lost six children, her first husband, and parents. His father, Marderos, who died in 1957, arrived in America in 1900 and operated a grocery store in Worcester. His father raised him from the age of seven. Dr. Deranian, a graduate of Clark University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, served as Lieutenant (junior grade) in the United States Navy (1951-53) and has been engaged in the private practice of dentistry while at the same time serving on the faculty of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. His translation of his father s memoir,Hussenig, The Origin, History and Destruction of an Armenian Town, was published in 1996; an earlier bilingual edition appeared in 1981. His second book, Worcester Is America, the Story of Worcester Armenians, appeared in 1995, followed by Miracle Man of the Western Front: Dr. Varaztad H. Kazanjian, Pioneer Plastic Surgeon, which was published in 2007.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gregory K. Tobkes on December 21, 2013
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In all my readings of the Turkish Genocide of the Armenian people I never came across a reference to this rug and the humanitarian help we Americans gave to these decimated people. For a comprehensive personal account of what the Turkish Government perpetrated against this ancient Ethnic Christian people and still refuse to acknowledge, read Peter Balakian's "The Burning Tigris". That this administration refused to loan out the Orphan Rug to commmemorate the centennial of this genocide is despicable and still supports the denial by the Turks that this genocide ever happened. Dr.Hagop Martin Deranian's brief account of the origins of the "Armenian Orphan Rug" is movingly well written and should be publicized in a campaign to prevent further destruction of civilized peoples by the Islamic zealots who rule these despotic Fundamentalist Muslim regimes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reynoso on November 28, 2013
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Author Dr. Deranian takes us back to the American values that we have seemed to have lost, this humanitarian effort was America's first venture and voted in by the US Congress "American Near East Relief" along with Nestle Food Giant and child Actor Jackie Coogan over $1.4 million was raised to specifically feed, cloth and educate 134,000 Armenian Orphans in Anatolia, Greece, Syria and Lebanon.
Dr. Deranian's book explores this orphan rug as a symbol of the "Golden Rule" which was honored every Sunday at the White House, in fact this Rug was presented to President Coolidge on one of those "Golden Rule" Sundays by 2 Armenian Orphan Girls who were part of the Ghazir orphanage that wove this "Golden Rule" Rug. It took these orphans over 10 months and over 4 million hand knots to weave this rug which has symbolism of animals (as Armenia's Mt. Ararat is where Noah's Ark is said to have rested) This Rug was woven on equipment paid for by the "American Near East Relief" Fund, and the book has many historical pictures of the rug, relief missionary workers and are included in the US LIbarary of Congress along with the photos, bills of lading and shipping statements. After you read this book, you will scratch your head and wonder what happened to the "Golden Rule" in America and our place in the world as helping those in need. This is America's rug!!!
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By VAHAN DANIELIAN on October 26, 2014
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Good book!
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