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( n. 1888 )


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Dajad Terlemezian was born in Van, western Armenia, December 6, 1888, one of four children, two sons and two daughters, begotten to Mr. Mesrob Terlemezian, the scion of an old and distinguished family of merchants, and his wife Hulianna, a daughter of the Khanjian house.
Early joining the patriotic movement, Dajad first "prepped" for organizational responsibilities by serving as an apprentice gunsmith. His alert, natural intelligence and willingness to follow orders soon took him from one important assignment to another. Having mastered the art of fashioning a rifle, he was made a courier and later a lookout and, as he takes up his own story, we find him producing the party literature in his native city. This field and executive training obviously made him the party's prime choice to take on the Davo operation, which, as we shall see, he handled so adroitly as to fulfill the confidence placed in him.
As we are told, after his arrest he was taken to Erzerum where with the proclamation of the National Constitution he was freed. Dajad was able to find his way to America (fortunately, too, since the "honeymoon" of the curiously traumatic ''months of Constitutional brotherhood" soon waned, there were new Turkish massacres of the Armenians and, certainly, if Dajad had been discovered to be still in Turkey he would have summarily been arrested and experienced the firing squad or the hangman's noose—which he had escaped only through the kind coincidence of events.)
In America, he first attended American International College, Spring-Held, Massachusetts, shortly transferred to the University of Wisconsin, at Madison, but left his collegiate career with the advent of World War One to enlist as a volunteer into the Armenian armed forces and as such to fight for the independence of Armenia, proclaimed May 28, 1918.
After the great battle at Sardarapat, now a resident of his Armenian homeland, he married Miss Arpine Amirkhanian. Shortly after the joint invasion of Armenia by the armed forces of Kemalist Turkey and Soviet Russia and the sovietization of the government of Armenia, in January, 1921, as a well-known Dashnaktsakan leader sought by the Red authorities for execution, Dajad and his wife were able to escape to Constantinople whence they moved on to the United States, settling in Waldwick. The couple has had five children, sons Vanig, Aram and Dajad, Jr., and daughters Anahid and Astghig who have given birth to ten grandchildren, who in turn have already provided their proud grandfather with three great-grand children.
Now (1975) at 85 years of age, Dajad Terlemezian is still astonishingly spry, still active, still alert and still the champion of those values to which he was earliest exposed in his native (and beloved) Van, long a hotbed of Armenian patriotism.
Dajad Terlemezian's little biograph appeared originally in the Armenian language in the booklcngth publication Vasburakanuh yev ir darakir zavag-neruh (publication of the Pan-Vasburakan Compatriotic Union; Boston, 1942). That Armenian version is reprinted in this work. Its translation has been based on the original printing.
The Translator Boston, Mass., 1975
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 The End of Davo the traitor, an episode of the Armenian revolution
Titre : The End of Davo the traitor, an episode of the Armenian revolution / auteur(s) : Dajad TERLEMEZIAN -
Editeur : Hairenik Association, Boston
Année : 1975
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Description : 17 x 24,5 cm, 56 pages, couverture illustrée en noir et blanc
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Sujets : Armenian revolution
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On Armenia, Dajad Terlemezian and This Narrative
EVERY Armenian who has an experience to relate—and what Armenian reared on the soil of his ancient land of glory and tragedy has no story to tell?—finds that he must first of all elaborately perhaps set the scene in order to ensure the fullest appreciation and best reception of his account.
This very Armenian custom of providing an antepast to every yarn has not been born of any picturesque, simple idiosyncratic garrulity. It has been generated by necessity. The problem is, our Armenian raconteurs have found, that listeners scarcely understand the import of what they are being told simply because they have little if any knowledge of the nation pertinent to the story—its fortunes and misfortunes—its past and its present. For to most other peoples—and alas too to many Armenians living in the dispersion—Armenians affairs are still veiled in that great "mystery" which shrouds "the orient", or "the east".
Now then, having discussed the passion for praeludiums on the part of the Armenian storyteller, we hasten to say that it is precisely because Dajad Terlemezian neglected to indulge in the national pastime of the preliminary that we have found it necessary to talk about it at all. For Dajad's engrossing tale plunges right into the water without any preparation and represents for it precise proof why such an Armenian story as that told by our author must first be thoroughly backgrounded for fullest comprehension and effect.
It is obvious that Dajad was restrained in his narrative by considerations of utmost modesty, a characteristic of the man. The story he tells is his own. He says he seeks to recreate the facts of the story on the urging of others; he says he has no intention to glorify himself or anything else; and he even denies that he will make any attempt to achieve any heights of moralization. So he simply launches into his story—which means that someone will have to give it its backgrounding, in accordance with the national experience and in the interests of clarity. And that someone is we—and if what we have to say does "glorify" our intrepid friend a bit and even strikes something of a moral, we know that Dajad Terlemezian will forgive us ... for like him we simply wish to recreate the fact exactly as it occurred. . .

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