Cummings Foundation Grant Recipient

THE END OF ARMENIAN SIVAS: The Extermination of Deportees

Ararat-Eskijian Museum NAASR Robert Sukiasyan Ruben Safrastyan Sivas UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies UCLA Promise Armenian Institute UCLA Richard Hovannisian Chair in Modern Armenian History

Monday, April 18, 2022, 1:00pm EDT / 10:00am, PDT
On Zoom and the Promise Armenian Institute YouTube channel.

ROBERT SUKIASYAN, PhD, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Promise Armenian Institute

RUBEN SAFRASTYAN, PhD, Counselor of Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences

Deportation and massacres were the principal methods of exterminating the Ottoman Armenians. In the case of Sivas province, which had one the largest Armenian populations in the empire, the vast majority of the deportees were killed on the way to the Syrian desert. The study of survivor memoirs sheds light on this process while at the same time describing the administration of deportation. The deportation stations had specific tasks such as killing community leaders, men in general, plundering and coordinating attacks against the deportees with the local Kurdish population. Gendarmes and the members of the so-called Special Organization (Teşkilât-ı Mahsusa) were in charge of atrocities. The deportation stations of Kötü Hanand Hasançelebi will form the focus of the presentation.

Ararat-Eskijian Museum
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
UCLA Promise Armenian Institute

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