“The Story Behind Soghomon Tehlerian and the Assassination of Talaat Pasha” will be the topic of a discussion lead by Ara Sarafian. The talk will be held on Monday, January 23, 2023 at at 7 p.m., in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, on the Fresno State campus. The event is organized by the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State.
This presentation-talk will be the United States launch of the English translation of Soghomon Tehlirian’s memoir, “Remembrances: The Assassination of Talaat Pasha” (London: Gomidas Institute, 2022). This is the first English translation of Tehlirian’s memoir, which was originally published by “Housaper” (Cairo) in 1953. It is a fascinating account of Tehlirian’s experiences during World War I, including his witness to the Armenian Genocide and his visceral need to avenge the mass-murder of over a million Armenians, including 84 members of his own family.
“Remembrances: The Assassination of Talaat Pasha” also relates Tehlirian’s induction into the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s assassination campaign, “Operation Nemesis,” to liquidate Turkish leaders who had been responsible for the Armenian Genocide of 1915. This is a complex yet well-written account which lends itself to serious examination and analysis. Soghomon Tehlirian was buried with full honors at Masis Ararat Cemetery, Fresno in 1960.
Ara Sarafian is an archival historian and the executive director of the Gomidas Institute (London). He specializes on late Ottoman and modern Armenia history, including the Armenian Genocide. Over the past 18 years, he has been at the vanguard of Turkish-Armenian truth and reconciliation projects, including engaging Turkish state intellectuals, civil society organizations, press and other outlets. He was the first diaspora Armenian to commemorate the Armenian Genocide in Istanbul (2008), Diyarbakir (2013) and Bitlis (2015). On his latest survey trip to Turkey, in September 2022, he visited Yerznga (Erzincan) and Gamakh (Kemah), including Soghomon Tehlirian’s village, Vari Pakarij. Sarafian is currently heading “Project Kharpert 2022,” the Gomidas Institute’s civil-campaign to oppose the Turkish authorities’ erase of what remains of Armenian material culture in Kharpert today.
Copies of “Remembrances: The Assassination of Talaat Pasha” will be sold at the event.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Fresno State Lots P6 and P5, near the University Business Center, Fresno State. A free parking code can be obtained by contacting the Armenian Studies Program.
The presentation will also be live-streamed on CSUF’s Armenian Studies YouTube page.
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