Daily Life in the Abyss: Genocide Diaries 1915-1918

Vahé Tachjian

Arevelk

Syria

  Essay

Armenian

This study narrates the diaries of two Armenian deportees of the Armenian Genocide in 1915, Nerses Tavoukdjian and Krikor Bogharian, originally from Antep in Cilicia. It covers their stay in Hama and Salamiyah in Syria between 1915-1918.

Vahé Tachjian documents and highlights through vivid testimonies the miserable and difficult life of the Armenian deportees who took refuge in Syria, especially the city of Aleppo - the main center of the Armenian exiles gathering. That is the bottom of the abyss, the hell, where deportees lived in misery, hunger, epidemics, pain and psychological exhaustion.

The book brings attention to self diaries and testimonies as a main and reliable source of information about the events that took place between 1915-1918.

Vahé Tachjian is an Armenian researcher and writer born in 1976. He worked at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin, where he began his research for this book. He lives in Germany.