Sentinel of Truth : Gourgen Yanikian and the Struggle Against the Denial of the Armenian Genocide ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Tigran Kalaydjian

Sentinel of Truth : Gourgen Yanikian and the Struggle Against the Denial of the Armenian Genocide

Strategic Book Publishing
Publication date: October 2012
ISBN: 9781622129966
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

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In the prologue of Sentinel of Truth, I reveal my fascination with my grandfather's generation and explain how a study of the struggle against the denial of the Armenian Genocide cannot but include the assassinations carried out by Gourgen Yanikian in 1973.

In Part I of the book, I recount the first phase of the genocide and cover the early period of Yanikian's life, highlighting the horrific experiences he suffered as a result of the massacres. I describe his immigration to America after World War II and his desire to produce a vast documentary about the Armenian Holocaust, a project that consumes twenty years of his life but remains unfulfilled. I then explore the lead-up to his assassination of two Turkish diplomats and his subsequent trial.

In Part II, I chronicle the controversial period of Armenian militancy and describe the effects it had on the consciousness of diasporan Armenians. I then delve into the Turkish denial industry and elucidate the many facets of the Diaspora's decades-long campaign for justice. I also describe how one of the most impressive monuments to the victims of the Genocide was recently built in Cyprus.


TIGRAN KALAYDJIAN, a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, is a businessman, writer, activist and grandson of Armenian Genocide survivors. He is a member of the Armenian General Benevolent Union and serves on the Board of the Kalaydjian Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organisation based in Cyprus. He resides in Larnaca with his wife and two children.

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