Ravished Armenia and the Story of Aurora Mardiganian

By Anthony Slide

“Ravished Armenia” and the tale of Aurora Mardiganian is the real-life story of a teenage Armenian lady who used to be stuck up within the 1915 Armenian genocide, the 1st genocide in glossy historical past. Mardiganian (1901–1994) witnessed the homicide of her family members and the soreness of her humans by the hands of the Ottoman Empire. pressured to march over fourteen hundred miles, she used to be offered into slavery. while she escaped to the us, Mardiganian used to be then exploited through the very contributors whom she believed may help. Her tale used to be released in publication shape after which used because the foundation for a 1918 function movie, during which she herself starred.

The movie Ravished Armenia, sometimes called Auction of Souls, is a picture retelling of Aurora Mardiganian’s tale, with the teen within the relevant position, supported through Anna Q. Nilsson and Irving Cummings and directed by means of Oscar Apfel. simply twenty mins of the film―the first to house the Armenian genocide―is recognized to outlive, however it proves to be a gorgeous construction, proposing its tale in newsreel variety.

This revised variation of Anthony Slide’s “Ravished Armenia” and the tale of Aurora Mardiganian additionally includes an annotated reprint of Mardiganian’s unique narrative and, for the 1st time, the entire screenplay. In his creation, Slide recounts the making of the movie and Mardiganian’s lifestyles within the usa, regarding a solid of characters together with Henry Morgenthau, Mrs. George W. Vanderbilt, Mrs. Oliver Harriman, and picture pioneer William Selig. The creation additionally comprises unique reviews through Aurora Mardiganian, whom Slide interviewed prior to her loss of life. Acclaimed Armenian Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan, who created a video paintings install approximately Mardiganian in 2007, offers a foreword.

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My father had long gone to Harpout early within the morning to discuss with wealthy Armenian bankers there and to attraction direct to Ismail Bey, the Vali. mom used to be too susceptible from fear to visit the nook and skim the notices, so Lusanne and that i went instantaneously. The paper learn: ARMENIANS. you're hereby commanded by means of His Excellency, Husein Pasha, to right away cross into your homes and stay inside of doorways till it's the excitement of His Excellency to back allow you to pass approximately your affairs. All Armenians came upon upon the streets, at their areas of industrial or another way absent from their houses, later than one hour after midday of at the present time should be arrested and significantly punished.

Mom, what's it? ” I cried. She didn't resolution, yet silently pointed to the window. Lusanne and that i ran right now to seem down into the road. There on the gate to our backyard stood 3 Turkish gendarmes, each one with a rifle, rigidly on safeguard. On their palms used to be the band that marked them as own attendants of Husein Pasha, the army commandant in our district. I became to my mom for a proof. She had fallen in a heap at the flooring and was once weeping. She didn't converse, yet pointed downward and that i knew that Husein Pasha had come to our condo, and was once downstairs.

Pass over Graham, who used to be an English woman, had come to our urban from the yank collage at Marsovan, to coach in our college for orphaned Armenian women. She used to be very younger and beautiful. The Turks had looked as if it would admire her, and mom proposal we might be secure along with her. whereas mom went to the sq. with Aruciag, Sarah, Hovnan and Mardiros, Lusanne and that i mingled with Mohammedan girls who had collected to monitor the scenes on the sq. and to cut price for items of bijou and different issues the Armenian girls knew they need to both promote or have stolen from them.

One hundred twenty VIII. within the Harem of Hadji Ghafour . . . . . . . . . 128 IX. The Raid at the Monastery . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 X. the sport of the Swords, and Diyarbekir . . . . . one hundred forty five XI. “Ishim Yok; Keifim Tchok! ” . . . . . . . . . . . . one hundred fifty five XII. Reunion—and Then, the Sheikh Zilan . . . . . . a hundred sixty five XIII. previous Vartabed and the Shepherd’s name . . . . . 174 XIV. The Message of common Andranik . . . . . . . 183 forty seven This web page deliberately left clean ACKNOWLEDGMENT FOR VERIFICATION of those awesome issues , which little Aurora instructed me that i'd inform them, in our personal language, to the entire global, i'm indebted to Lord Bryce, previously British Ambassador to the us, who was once commissioned through the British executive to enquire the massacres; to Dr.

Created within the Seventies by way of Professor Richard G. Hovannisian, the Armenian Genocide Oral heritage venture at UCLA has interviewed greater than 800 survivors. four. Armen Khandjian surveyed U. S. libraries to figure out which nonetheless held copies of the 1st versions (1918–1920) of the publication; there are just six. five. those and all different rates from Aurora Mardiganian are taken from an interview with Anthony Slide on December 17, 1988. on the shut of our assembly, Aurora acknowledged, “I desire Heavenly God can help you along with his mild, and you'll be the person who will carry out the reality of my lifestyles.

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