Prior to the Auction of Souls: A graphical novel about a survivor of the Armenian Genocide

On December 10, the presentation of the animated “Prior to the Auction of Souls” novel by Tigran Mangasaryan took place in the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute’s hall named after Komitas.

The book is written on the basis of the eyewitness of Armenian genocide Aurora Mardiganyan’s memoirs “Ravished Armenia,” which was first published in 1918 in New York in English.

In one of the first documentary memoirs of eyewitnesses of the Armenian genocide, the author, survivor of the Genocide Arshaluys (Aurora) Mardiganyan from Chmshkatsag gave a detailed account of the terrible experiences she endured during the genocide.

In 1918 in California, at “Metro Goldwin Mayer” studio, director Oscar Apfel made a silent film “Auction of Souls,” which actually became the first genocide movie, based on Aurora Mardiganyan’s memoirs. The premiere of the “Auction of Souls” was held on February 16, 1919, in Plaza Hotel, New York under the auspices of Oliver Harriman and George Vanderbilt, members of American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief.

Tigran Mangasaryan’s graphical novel was published in connection with the 90th anniversary of the shooting of “Auction of Souls.”

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