Yes, until World War II, the Medz Yeghern of 1915 was unprecedented not only in the history of our people, but in the entirety of humankind. An entire people, an entire nation coming from the depths of millennia was killed, was dying. We condemn genocide [genotsid] or zhoghovrtasbanutiun with all ou...Read More →
Towards the metropolis of the Medz Yeghern (Avetis Aharonian, 1918)1 In our previous article, we established that “Medz Yeghern” literally meant “Great Crime” for the survivors of the genocide. It becomes clear that the phrase cannot be arbitrarily translated to a completely different semant...Read More →
“…All those human-like monsters who executed the Medz Yeghern and tainted their hands with the innocent blood of the Armenians.” Yervant Odian (1920) During the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, the word yeghern had already entered dictionaries of Modern Armenian and literary tex...Read More →
‘We want to believe in the victory of Freedom and of tomorrow’s brotherhood, we want to enjoy smiles, we want to strengthen our faith that famine is not eternal, blood is not eternal, yeghern is not eternal.’ E. Aknuni (1910)1 The meaning of yeghern in Classical Armenian (“evil,” “crime...Read More →
Then he stopped and announced, ‘You know, there was on this land a medz yeghern, a great cataclysm,’ as the survivors called the genocide. —Aris Janigian (2009)1 The following spring, the Armenian and Turkish ministries announced that they had agreed on a plan of good relations, which allowed ...Read More →
You may want to know that ‘Meds Yeghern’ does not mean genocide; it means “Great Calamity.” Armenians used that term before the word ‘genocide’ was coined by Raphael Lemkin in the 1940′s. –Harut Sassounian1 These explanatory words appeared after President Barack Obama used “...Read More →
The “Metz Yeghern,” which means “Great Evil” in Armenian, is the name we Armenians use for the genocide. –Robert Attarian (2006)1 The quote comes from a lecture in Italian by the spokesperson for the Consiglio per la comunità armena di Roma (Council of the Armenian Community of Rome) on A...Read More →
… Listen, O Lord, to the lament that rises from this place, to the call of the dead from the depths of the Metz Yeghérn … –John Paul II (2001) Words matter. Some people try to keep them meaningful, while others render them meaningless. And while some struggle to preserve memory, other...Read More →
Special Issue: Celebrating 500 Years of Armenian Printing The Armenian Weekly, Sept. 1, 2012 (Download article in PDF) The name Teotig meant little to the English reader until the recent publication of volume II of Rita Soulahian Kuyumdjian’s Trilogy – April 24, 1915, which includes Teotig’s...Read More →
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