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DICKRAN H. BOYAJIAN was born in the village of Armoujan in the interior of Turkish Armenia on June 25, 1895. At the age of fifteen he left his native village to come to the United States to stay with his one relative here, who died a year later leaving him on his own. He worked at various factory jobs and as a typesetter for an Armenian weekly newspaper in Providence and then in 1913 entered Classical High School. In the fall of 1916 lie entered Brown Univerity, then transferred to Boston University College of Liberal Arts when the newspaper moved to Boston.
In July 1917 Mr. Boyajian volunteered to serve in the Legion d'Orient, later known as the Armenian Legion, a contingent of the French Army, to fight on the Palestine Front. When the hostilities ended the Armenian Legion occupied Cilicia, and after his discharge in May, 1919 Mr. Boyajian remained there to study the conditions of the surviving Armenians just returned from exile. In October of the same year he returned to the United States on a mission to raise funds for the defense of the Armenians in Cilicia. The rise of Turkish nationalism and the withdrawal of the French forces made it impossible for him to return there and the United States became his permanent home. In 1920 Mr. Boyajian entered Northwestern University to study law and was graduated in 1924 with an LLB degree. In the following year he received a Master's degree in law from Boston University Law School.
For many years Mr. Boyajian has been a member of the Central Board of Directors of the Armenian General Benevolent Union, a worldwide charitable and educational organization, and he is one of the incor-porators of the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research. His activities in the Armenian Church have been long and extensive, and for many years he has been a delegate representing the Armenian Church in the United States at the National Church Assembly in Armenia. Mr. Boyajian has translated several books, including Yeghishen, The Armenian War Against Tlic Persians from classical Armenian into English, and is the author of three books about Armenians. Armenia: The.Case For A Forgotten (ienwide took the author six years to research and write and represents a high point in his continuing concern for the plight of the Armenians. Mr. Boyajian lives with his wife in Watertown, Massachusetts, where he still practices law.
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 Armenia, The case for a forgotten genocide
Titre : Armenia, The case for a forgotten genocide / auteur(s) : Dickran H. BOYAJIAN -
Editeur : Educational Book crafters
Année : 1972
Imprimeur/Fabricant : USA
Description : 17,5 X 22,5 cm, 498 pages, couverture illustrée en couleurs
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Sujets : Armenian genocide
Lecture On-line : non disponible

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On the night of April 24-25, 1915, the inhumane rulers of Turkey swooped down on the leaders of the Armenian people and ticketed them for deportation and almost certain death. With this single stroke the Turkish government wiped out the existing leadership of a great and noble people and left the great mass of Armenians without a single effective buffer against disaster. It was an act worthy of the ruthless cunning of the Nazis a generation later.
A month earlier the Turkish co-dictators Talaat Bey and Enver Pasha had decreed the Armenian's extermination. Emboldened by the failure of the British I invasion campaign at Gallipoli, the Turkish rulers turned on the defenseless Armenian population — easily the most advanced and civilized group within its borders—the full fury of a corrupt and merciless horde. The Turkish plan of genocide was as simple as it was heartless: to round up and drive forth into the Syrian desert every Armenian of whatever age until all were gone and the "Armenian Question" was solved.
By mid-1916 between a half and two-thirds of the Armenians had been exterminated, most of them in the most horrible manner conceivable. The first genocide in history was complete.
The author has assembled documentary evidence from every conceivable source to bring the reader the historical background of this enormous crime and to show that the responsibility lay squarely with the Turkish government and its World War I ally, Germany. The tale is one of incredible misery and human waste, lightened if at all by the heroism of the Armenians themselves.
The author has done more than make the great crime against Armenia real again. He has presented with eloquence the case for the restoration of the Armenian homeland. After Turkey's humiliating defeat under Minister of War Enver, the Armenian Republic was formed in 1918, thus creating for the first time in half a millenium an independent Armenia. But through treachery, indifference, confusion, and fear, Armenia had no chance for survival. The Treaty of Lausanne gave Armenia nothing even of its most basic rights and gave Turkey everything it asked, and President Wilson's plan for an Armenian homeland became a forgotten document.
Yet the case for Armenia is not closed. The forgotten genocide has never had its Nuremberg, but the case for justice in the form of an Armenian homeland remains valid today. Conceived as a legitimate legal demand, the plan for an Armenian homeland would rectify some of the ancient wrongs committed against a universally admired people.

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 A Light Through the Iron Curtain
Titre : A Light Through the Iron Curtain / auteur(s) : Dickran H. BOYAJIAN -
Editeur : Vantage Press
Année : 1957
Imprimeur/Fabricant : Washington
Description : 14 x 21 cm, 75 pages, couverture illustrée en couleurs
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Notes : Parts of this book appeared in Baihar, an Armenian daily newspaper
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Sujets : Armenian Church
Lecture On-line : non disponible

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This is an account of a pilgrimage to the holy monastery of Etchmiadzin, describing the author's experiences with eloquence and care. It breathes the spirit of a great love, on the part of the writer, for the land of his forefathers, where Christianity found a strong foothold from its infancy.
The very name Etchmiadzin, requiring six English words to express it — "there descended the Only Begotten Son" — is amply sufficient to endear this book to us. It is a reminder of a symbolic vision of St. Gregory the Illuminator, pointing to a holy spot upon which, in A.D. 303, the cathedral of our people was erected, preceding the Vatican of Rome by two centuries.
That enduring monument was the first to be copped with a cross, this by the wish of the great Armenian King Trdat (Tiridates), a brilliantly endowed monarch and the first ruler in history to adopt Christianity and make it the chosen religion of his people. In this he preceded Constan-tine the Great of Rome, who claimed and perhaps believed that he saw a naming cross in the sky, with the words in hoc signo vinces (by this sign shalt thou conquer), which he thereupon proceeded to do.
Trdat and Constantine, zealous advocates of the new religion, attracted some royal disciples in the centuries that followed — among them, Clovis I of France, Ethelbert of England, Rollo of Normandy, Vladimir of Russia, and Olaf of Sweden. But the pages of history are spotted with many recusancies and many recessions. The trend, however, was always slowly upward. Christian preaching and practice, set over against aeons of idolatry, demonism, despotism, cruelty, and misery, began finding a foothold in the minds of the masses, revealing to them the superiority of the Christian ethic and way of life. From the fourth century onward the Western world gradually won release from the fetters of paganism.
Centuries ago, under Persian khans, the spiritual center of Armenia was the object of oppressive taxation and plunder. Further back, under Byzantine Emperors, the Catholicos was for a time even forbidden to tread Armenian soil. But through it all, Etchmiadzin stood like a rock. Even as ancient Armenians drew encouragement and inspiration from the Lamp of Loussavoritch (Illuminator) on cloud-capped Aragadz, so near to eternal Ararat, so we modern Armenians of the Homeland and the Diaspora, insofar as we are known for piety and integrity, owe a debt to Etchmiadzin that is beyond words to express.
The author of the present work, Dickran H. Boyajian, a respected member of the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Federal bars, is well known as one of three translators into English and modern Armenian of the classical historian, Yeghisheh. Mr. Boyajian, a delegate to the National Church Assembly at Etchmiadzin in the fall of 1955, attracted attention with his fine series of articles on his trip that appeared in Baikar, an Armenian daily newspaper published in Boston, Massachusetts. With this volume in English he affords pleasure and profit to a wide circle of readers — Americans of Armenian origin.
Of the eleven chapters herein, five are devoted to his voyage to Armenia and back. The rest deal with the main items of his mission — the election of the Catholicos and consecrations — as well as illuminating facts and comments on Armenia in general: its geography, institutions, economy, education, industry, traditions, and legends, the beauty of its scenery and buildings. All this is set down with loving care and without any conscious attempt to extol or disparage the virtues and vices of the regime in control.
The author is much more than a reporter; he is an eloquent speaker, a scholar, and an analyst, and this book, his chef-d'oeuvre, does ample justice to the subject.

VAHAN M. KURKJIAN New York, May 16, 1957

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