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- Print Length: 218 pages
- Publisher: Hairenik Association (October 28, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 28, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G9QZBGM
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Arshavir Shiragian’s The Legacy: Memoirs of an Armenian Patriot is now available for $3.03 on the Kindle.
$3.03? Really? Wow... that is less than the cost of a high brow latte. I downloaded it and began reading it. I could not stop reading it. I felt a bit ashamed that I needed the convenience of it being an eBooks to finally purchase and read this excellent book.
Beyond being an important part of Armenian history, The Legacy is also anengaging book. I read and finished the book in a day. Sharigian was a great hero and this book is full of his observations of those dark days in Armenian history as well as his insights into how his missions were planned and carried out. Is Arshavir Shiragian a great writer? Probably not. The prose is simple and straight forward and his true story rivals any adventure/spy novel. This is a great book to read as we are about to commemorate the 99th Anniversary of the Genocide and begin preparations for the 100th. I urge every Armenian to read this book.
Here is an excerpt from the book. We all know about the leaders and intellectuals that were arrested and disappeared on April 24th. Here is a sad fact regarding the arrest and disappearance on that same day of mens whose names are lost in history:
“Thousands of young Armenian provincials who had come to Constantinople to work as laborers—hamals, doorkeepers, messengers—were jailed and eventually deported and killed. These poor young Armenians had left their families behind in their villages. Some of them had walked hundreds of miles to get to the big city. In Constantinople, they willingly did the most menial and hardest of jobs, working a 13-hour day for the equivalent of ten dollars a month. Most of this money was sent back to their wives to buy food for their children, to their parents to buy seeds or a new farm animal. They lived with their compatriots in miserably crowded quarters in the most squalid sections of the city. Nearly all of them were uneducated and formed the lowest economic class of Armenian society. But they were young and strong and incorruptibly Armenian and Christian, and the Turks regarded them as a threat to Turkish rule. It was easy for the Turkish police to round up these 5000 men in one night and hustle them off to jail and death. On April 25, not one of these men was at his usual station in the city and not one of these men ever came back. Perhaps on their long death marches in the interior, some of them were briefly reunited with their families. The mass deportations had begun.”