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The Holy Virgin Mary & Shoghagat Armenian Fundraiser Dinner Dance
The Holy Virgin Mary & Shoghagat Armenian Church Invites you, your family and friends to a Fundraising Dinner Dance

Music By The Hye Vibes

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Fischer’s Restaurant Jubilee Room, 2100 West Main, Belleville , IL

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Lisa Bedian:
Congratulations to Lisa Bedian on being named one of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s 2009 Women of Distinction.  Lisa was recognized for her influence and many Government and Legal contributions.  To read more about Lisa’s award, click on the link below:
http://www.girlscoutsem.org/content/289/2009_women_of_distinction.aspx

Zabelle Vartanian:
Congratulations to Zabelle Vartanian on her retirement.  After working in education, both as a teacher and administrator, for many years, Zabelle officially retired in March 2009.

Paul & Michelle Nersesian:
Birth Announcement – Paul & Michelle Nersesian welcomed a baby girl, Olivia Grace, on 11/11/2008.  Olivia weighed 8 lbs, 6 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Nicole Vartanian:
Our own Nicole Vartanian is working with author Peter Balakian on his new work entitled Armenian Golgotha, A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915–1918.  It is the firsthand account of his great-uncle Grigoris, a bishop in the Armenian Church, who relays stories of survivors, righteous Turks, and perpetrators in this incredible historical document.  With sensitivity to the difficult economic times upon us, there hasn't been as much of a publicity push for this work as there could have been, Nicole has told Peter that she would be happy to help publicize and hopes that you can join in by sharing this information and purchasing copies through your favorite local or online bookseller.  If 20,000 books sell in the first week Peter will have a spot on the NYT Bestseller list, as he did with Burning Tigris, so I hope that we can try to help repeat that milestone for this extraordinary book.

The link to the book on Amazon is http://www.amazon.com/Armenian-Golgotha-Grigoris-Balakian/dp/030726288X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238372841&sr=8-1

Here is a brief synopsis of the book:

Grigoris Balakian, a priest and later a bishop in the Armenian Apostolic Church, was an esteemed clergyman and intellectual.  On the night of April 24, 1915, along with about 250 other Armenian cultural leaders, he was arrested in Constantinople and deported by bus and then train to a prison in Chankiri, about two hundred miles east, in north central Turkey.  Bewildered and terrified, he could not have imagined that he was at the beginning of an odyssey that would last nearly four years, the duration of World War I.  He was one of only a handful of the original group to survive the ordeal; against all odds, he would manage to escape Turkish officials, police soldiers, and killing squads.

Armenian Golgotha is more than a personal story, for Balakian brings together a survivor account, eyewitness testimony, historical background and context, and political analysis.  Throughout the narrative he discloses essential elements of the politics, sociology, and ideology of the Turkish extermination plan, and gives us an eleven-point outline of the Young Turks’ “final solution.”  While decades of good scholarship have explored the causes and contexts of the Armenian Genocide, his outline remains a general blueprint for an understanding of this event.

The Armenian Genocide is abundantly documented in official archives of the United States, France, Great Britain, Turkey’s wartime ally Germany, and in Ottoman court-martial records.  Yet no single book brings us closer to the experience than Armenian Golgotha.  It is a seminal text, and much of the scholarship of the succeeding decades corroborates and is corroborated by it.

Armenian Golgotha, A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915–1918, is published for the first time in English by Alfred A. Knopf.

Peter Balakian, grand-nephew of Grigoris Balakian, is the author of The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, winner of the 2005 Raphael Lemkin Prize, a New York Times best seller, and a New York TimesNotable Book; Black Dog of Fate, winner of the PEN/Albrand Award for Memoir, also a New York Times Notable Book; and June-tree: New and Selected Poems, 1974-2000.  He is the recipient of many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  He is Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities at Colgate University.

 

   
   

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