The Assyrian Tragedy

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Xlibris Corporation LLC, Jul 31, 2010 - History
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His Holiness Mar Eshai Shimun XXIII, Catholicos Patriarch was the Supreme Head of the Church of the East, its Universal Pastor from 1920 until his assassination in 1975. Born in southern Turkey, His Holiness was raised with care, having received theological and liturgical training in the Middle East and in England at St. Augustine's College and later Cambridge University. He worked tirelessly fighting for the Church of the East and his Assyrian people. Often in danger of his life, he met with foreign diplomats and heads of states appealing to the League of Nations and later, the United Nations all the while contacting world leaders and discussing with them the Assyrian Question. In later years, he was received throughout the Middle East by Islamic Heads of state in a most respectful and amiable of circumstances which speaks to his worldly sophistication and influence as a truly great leader. Mar Eshai Shimun was a profound scholar, an exemplary writer, and a charismatic speaker as well as being a recognized subject matter expert in Ecclesiastical History and an authority the on History of Christianity in the Middle East and Far East. An innovative leader of the Church and Assyrian people, well schooled in both the ecclesiastical aspects of his vocation, as well as geo-political issues. Attuned to the needs of his flock and nation he mindfully navigated the tenuous landscape with uncompromising ethics, integrity and superior leadership, which were the hallmarks of his character and a truly remarkable Patriarch. His agility in managing both the secular and temporal affairs bespoke his magnificent stewardship of the Assyrian people and the Church of the East.

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The Honorable Theodore d'Mar Shimun was born in 1906 in Qudshanis, Turkey. The eldest of twelve children born to parents Rab Khaila David d'Mar Shimun and Lady Esther, he was the elder brother of Mar Eshai Shimun, XXIII

Catholicos Patriarch. Along side his brother he received theological and liturgical education. Coupled with his education in the middle east he also attended the prestigious Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in England, as a young man. The Honorable Theodore was a subject matter expert on the Church of the East, Assyrian geopolitical history, and a recognized authority whose depth of knowledge can never be matched. He played a crucial role in Assyrian history in the early and mid-twentieth century, not only as an eyewitness, but in many cases as an active participant. His attention to detail and unrelenting commitment for the truth distinguish him as a man of character In 1991 he created an oral history that resulted in printing his spoken words into a manuscript in the modern Syriac language called Tasheeta D'Yubla det Pateryarchi d'beth Mar Shimun or The History of the Succession of the d'Mar Shimun Patriarchs.The popularity of the modern Syriac version spawned one to be translated and printed in Arabic. Finally, this work represents the last phase in translating it to English. The significance of such historical contents cannot be underscored enough because this is seminal work that fi nally sets the record straight.

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