By Tessa Hofmann Eighty-five years after the first major genocide of the twentieth century, recognizing and coming to terms with the Armenian Genocide of 1915-16 is still the biggest taboo of Turkish history. This holds not only for “official” Turkey, which in 1999 erected, not far from the Turkish-Armenian border, a monument to the “Turkish victims of the Armenians”
By Carl Robichaud If you entered Istanbul’s annual book fair, descended a flight of stairs, navigated your way through the jostling crowd, took a right at the twelfth aisle, continued past kiosks — filled with vividly illustrated children’s books, language guides promising fluency, books on architecture, design and fashion — you might stop at the
By Hratch Tchilingirian Arshile Gorky, a painter…the first cousin of Maxim Gorky, the writer…ends life,” wrote The New York Times in a short obituary on July 22, 1948. Arshile Gorky had introduced himself as a Tiflis-born Georgian prince who had fled his native Caucasus mountains and Bolshevik persecutions. He had studied in Paris, he said,
By Henry R. Hattenbach In a very real sense, Professor Vahakn Dadrian is a lone warrior in the oft-frustrating struggle to have the Armenian genocide recognized as history. Not that Dadrian is the sole scholar of this genocide that ushered in the 20th century, tirelessly grappling with those denying its historicity. Professor Richard Hovannisian immediately springs to mind. Yet