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  • Translator
    Peter Balakian

Armenian Golgotha

A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1918

Published by Vintage .
Written in English.

About the Edition

On April 24, 1915, Grigoris Balakian was arrested along with some 250 other leaders of Constantinople’s Armenian community. It was the beginning of the Ottoman Empire’s systematic attempt to eliminate the Armenian people from Turkey—a campaign that continued through World War I and the fall of the empire. Over the next four years, Balakian would bear witness to a seemingly endless caravan of blood, surviving to recount his miraculous escape and expose the atrocities that led to over a million deaths.

Armenian Golgotha is Balakian’s devastating eyewitness account—a haunting reminder of the first modern genocide and a controversial historical document that is destined to become a classic of survivor literature.

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Volume I The Life of an Exile July 1914-April 1916
Part I July-October 1914
1 In Berlin Before the War
2 In Berlin
3 Return to Constantinople from Berlin
Part II The First Deportation, April 1915-February 1916
4 The General Condition of the Armenians at the Beginning of 1915
5 The First Bad News from Cilicia: The Secret Messenger
6 The Night of Gethsemane
7 Red Sunday
8 Toward a Place of Exile: The Names of the Exiles in Ayash
9 Life in Chankiri Armory: The Names of the Deportees in Chankiri
10 Life of the Deportees in the City
11 Plan for the Extinction of the Armenians in Turkey
12 The Armenian Carnage in Ankara
13 The Tragic End of Deportee Friends in Ayash
14 The Tragic End of the Chankiri Deportees
15 The Deportation and Killing of Zohrab and Vartkes
16 The Armenians of Chankiri in the Days of Horror
17 The General Condition of the Armenians at the Beginning of 1916
18 Second Arrest and Imprisonment
19 Departure from Chankiri to Choroum
20 From Choroum to Yozgat
21 From Yozgatto Boghazliyan; The Skulls
Part III The Second Deportation: The Caravan of Death to Der Zor, February-April 1916
22 The Confessions of a Slayer Captain
23 Encountering Another Caravan of the Condemned
24 From Boghazliyan to Kayseri: The Halys River Bridge and the Bandits of the Ittihad
25 Kayseri to Tomarza
26 Tomarza to Gazbel
27 Gazbel to Hajin
28 Hajin to Sis
29 Sis to Garzbazar
30 Garzbazar to Osmaniye
31 Osmaniye to Hasanbeyli and Kanke-gechid
32 Hasanbeyli to Islahiye: The Sweet Smell of Bread
33 Islahiye: A Field of Mounds for Graves
34 Bad News from Der Zor
35 Escape from Islahiye to Ayran
Volume II The Life of a Fugitive April 1916-January 1919
Part I In the Tunnels of Amanos
1 Escape on the Way to Ayran-Baghche (Vineyard)
2 The Remnants of the Armenians in the Amanos Mountains
3 Signs of the Imminent New Storms
4 The Treatment of the Armenians by the German Soldiers
5 The Ghosts of Ten Thousand Armenian Women in the Deserts of Ras-ul-Ain
6 The Deportation and Murder of the Armenian Workers of Amanos
7 Bloodshed on the Way from Baghche to Marash: A German Nurse Goes Insane
8 The Suffering of the British Prisoners of War at Kut-al-Amara
9 The Program of Forced Islamization: Escape from Baghche to Injirli
10 In the Forests of Injirli: Escape from Amanos to Taurus
Part II In the Tunnels of the Taurus Mountains
11 The Self-Sacrifice of the Armenian Workers of the Baghdad Railway
12 Fragments of Armenians in the Taurus Mountains
13 In the Deep Valley of Tashdurmaz
14 Life in Belemedik
15 The Deportation of Patriarch Zaveb Der Yeghiayan from Constantinople to Baghdad
16 Legions of Armenian Exiles in Konya and Bozanti
17 Meeting Armenian Intellectuals on the Road to Belemedik
18 Escape from Belemedik to Adana
Part III In Adana, January 1917-September 1918
19 The General Condition of the War at the Beginning of 1917
20 A Mysterious Patient in Adana's German Hospital
21 The Condition of the Remaining Armenians in Adana
22 The Curse of Murdered Armenian Mothers
23 The Natural Beauty of Cilicia: The Disguised Vine Grower
24 The Clerk of the Office: Disappearance
25 The General Condition of the Armenians at the Beginning of 1918
26 The Turkish Army Invades the Caucasus, and the Armenians at Sardarabad
27 The Declaration of the Armenian Republic
28 The Hospital-Slaughterhouse of Turkish Soldiers
29 The Victorious British Army Occupies Damascus: The Battle of Arara
30 The National Vow of the Turks to Exterminate the Surviving Armenians: The General Massacre in Der Zor
31 Escape from the Land of Blood
32 The Disguised German Soldier Toward Constantinople: The Longing of a Mother
33 Armistice: The Allied Fleet Victoriously Enters the Turkish Capital
34 Did the Victors Come to Punish, or to Loot?
35 The General Condition of Constantinople on the Eve of the Armistice
36 Irrevocable Departure from Turkey: From Constantinople to Paris
Biographical Glossary
Appendix: Author's Preface

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