New Book Chronicles British Newspaper Reports on the Genocide

The Times of the Armenian Genocide: Reports in the British Press, 1914-1923 by Katia Minas Peltekian

YEREVAN—A two volume book entitled The Times of the Armenian Genocide: Reports in the British Press, 1914-1923 by Katia Minas Peltekian has been released.

The two volumes compile over one thousand items collected from British newspapers between 1914 and 1923. Through articles, reports, editorials, correspondence, letters to the editor, announcements, as well as the proceedings of the British parliament, the reader will be exposed to the extent of the official and unofficial British interest in the Armenian people and in the on-going massacres in the Armenian provinces in what is now eastern Turkey. History unfolds in pages of British newspapers.

Simple yet agonizing, the one thousand and some articles in these volumes tell the story of a persecuted people whom the Ottoman government massacred and deported in a systematic way to wipe out the Armenian nation. These reports not only tell the story of a genocide but also give details of the peace negotiations at Sevres and Lausanne, and how the Armenian Question was finally swept under the rug when the West’s interests ran incongruent to a persecuted people’s basic human rights.

The events are retold in a day-to-day chronological fashion, transporting the reader back in time.

Katia Peltekianis is an independent researcher who collects newspaper articles. She has degrees in English Literature and Education from the American University of Beirut (AUB, Lebanon) and Dalhousie University (Canada). She taught English at AUB (1988-2005) and Haigazian University (2005-2012). She compiles daily news items for the Armenian News Network Groong.org and translates to English many articles about Armenia and Armenians that appear in the Arabic press.

Her interest for newspapers led to the publication of her first book in 2000, Heralding of the Armenian Genocide: Reports in ‘The Halifax Herald’ (1894-1922), which compiles one Canadian newspaper’s articles and reports on the on-going massacres and deportations of the Armenian population. At the time, the book was distributed free to Canadian members of parliament, a few officials and public libraries, in addition to university libraries around the world and Genocide research centers. Currently, she is preparing another book that compiles thousands of articles about Armenians printed in the British press between 1875 and 1913.

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