Vahan's Triumph: Autobiography of an Adolescent Survivor of the Armenian Genocide

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"Vahan's Triumph" is the personal account of one adolescent Armenian boy, a survivor of the premeditated genocidal practices of the Ottoman Turkish government around the time of the First World War. Born into a prosperous family in an Armenian town in Ottoman Turkey, Vahan witnesses the sudden disintegration of life around him. He watches his father being beaten, humiliated, and marched to his death, and he bears witness to forced deportations of entire villages to hellish destinations. With his three young sisters and mother, he joins a long caravan of marchers who experience unspeakable horrors at the hands of Ottoman gendarmes as well as Turkish and Kurdish villagers-turned-killers. He loses his sisters and mother to hunger, thirst, disease, heat, and bitter cold. He sees helpless people hacked, stabbed, and drowned to death, and women and children abducted and converted to Islam. Now an orphan, he manages to survive only by the kindness of strangers. This personal story of triumph reflects the resiliency of an entire nation and their rise from the ashes of annihilation.
 

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Contents

Move to Behesni
1
A Courageous Act
3
Yeghsas Kidnapping
11
The Wedding Competition
15
Sad Days
17
Childhood Interrupted
20
Banishment to Nowhere
29
At the Euphrates River
36
Adopted
72
As a Bedouin
75
Circumcision
78
Escape
84
On My Own Again
87
The Attack
90
The Orphanage
94
Reunion in Adana
99

To Hevek
46
To Oorfa
49
To Soorage
52
My Sister Pariz Dies
54
The Zeytoontzies
57
Isgoohie Dies
59
To Hama
62
Unwanted
63
The Winter Cold
68
At the Tarsus College
104
The Runaways
107
In Beirut
112
Triumph of Love
116
Reading List
123
Glossary
125
Map
127
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