Memoir Detailing Armenian Intellectuals Arrests on April 24, 1915, Published in English

The Fatal Night, an eyewitness account of the arrest and extermination of hundreds of Armenian intellectuals and civic leaders in Istanbul, Turkey, starting on April 24, 1915, has been translated to English and is available by mail and in Armenian bookstores. Originally written in Armenian by renowned journalist, educator and community leader Mikayel Shamtanchian (1874-1926), one of the imprisoned Armenia’s who succeeded in escaping from an Anatolian death camp, The Fatal Night offers a psychological portrait of innocent men who experienced the indignities and uncertainty of exile before being massacred. "Whether through luck or an intense will to live, Shamtanchian survived the carnage and went on to bequeath to future generations the moving image of Siamanto as the latter sat dejectedly across the desk of a deceitful Turkish police chief; the haunting echoes of Lord, Have Mercy, the last hymn sung by Komitas and a throng of exiles held in a Turkish military fort; the harrowing pangs of Varuzhan and Sevak as they were slaughtered in the field of death called Ayash" Shamtanchians memoir includes a partial list of names of the Armenian intellectuals, civic leaders, and priests who perished during the Armenian Genocide. Historians estimate that some 1,200 such individuals were massacred. H. and K. Manjikian Publications had the book translated on the occasion of the 92nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. It is the second in what will become a series of memoirs in the Genocide Library established by Manjikian Publications. The first book, Passage Through Hell, was published in 2005. Ishkhan Jinbashian translated both books. The English version of The Fatal Night includes a page in memorium for Hrant Dink, the Armenian journalist and human rights advocate who was slain by a Turk in Istanbul earlier this year, the first known Armenian victim in the 21st century of Turkeys ongoing genocidal project. To order The Fatal Night, send $15 to H. and K. Manjikian, P.O. Box 2734, Toluca Lake, CA 91610-0734. The book is also available at the Sardarabad, Abril and Berj bookstores in Glendale and at the St. Vartan bookstore in New York. For further information, e-mail


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