Arshavir Shiragian Memoir Published in Italy

WATERTOWN–MA–Earlier this year–Angelo Guerini and Associates of Milan published "Condannato A Uccidere: Memoire di un Patriota Armeno" (Condemned to Kill: Memoirs of an Armenian Patriot). The project was initiated by several leaders of the Italian-Armenian community–who decided to sponsor the translation of "The Legacy: Memoirs of an Armenian Patriot" into the Italian language.

The book–which tells the story of the Armenian national hero Arshavir Shiragian (1900-1973)–was originally published by Hairenik Press in 1976. Told in the first person–the books tells the captivating story of Shiragian–who tracked down several of the perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide after they were condemned by a military tribunal.

In what most agree were acts of justice because the Young Turk leaders were allowed to go free after being found guilty for sanctioning the premeditated murder of over 1.5 million Armenia’s–Shiragian assassinated Sayid Halim Pasha in Rome and Dr. Behaeddin Shakir Bey and Jemal Azmi Pasha in Berlin.

The Italian edition of the book was translated by Vasken Pambakian and edited by Serena Crosina and Anna Maria Samuelli–and it includes a preface by the historian Marcello Flores of the University of Siena. Guerini and Associates have published a number of books on Armenian topics by authors including Vahakn Dadrian–Pietro Kuciukian–and Claude Mutafian.

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