Alisa Gevorgyan

16:29 28.11.2012

The Armenian National Archive has published a three-volume edition
"Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Turkey: Testimonies of the
Survivors." The book presents accounts of the witnesses, valuable
archive documents, maps and photos.

In 1916 the Baku Committee of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation set
up a fact-finding team to collect information about the organization
and perpetration of the massacre of the Armenian population of
Western Armenia.

The fact-finding team comprised Zapel Yesayan, Stepan Zoryan, Vahan
Totovents, Commander Andranik and others. All the documents have been
included in the "Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Turkey: Testimonies
of the Survivors" published at the initiative of the Armenian National
Archive and financed by "Van" NGO."

"The fact that the testimonies of the witnesses were collected
just one year following the massacres ensures the authenticity and
validity of the information, therefore strengthening their importance
in the process of comprehensive study of the Armenian Genocide,"
editor-in-chief of the publication, Director of the Armenian National
Archive Amatuni Virabyan told reporters today.

The publication presents the concert programs and actions aimed
at annihilation of the Armenian population, the real names of the
organizers and perpetrators. Also, the archive documents tell about
the material losses of the Armenian population, their self-defense
struggle, the migration of survivors and the losses incurred on
the way.

The three-volume edition will be translated into Turkish, Russian and
English. The proceeds from the sale will be spent on its translation.

The electronic version of the publication will also be available.

Ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide the National
Archive will publish another book, which will include thousands of
documents on the economic losses the Armenian nation has uncured.