CILICIA 1909: MASSACRE OF THE ARMENIANS
by Hagop H. Terzian
translated by Ara Stepan Melkonian and edited by Ara Sarafian
A new abridged English translation by Ara Stepan Melkonian and Ara Sarafian released by the Gomidas Institute of London under the title “Cilicia 1909: The Massacre of Armenians.” The book, by Hagop H. Terzian, was originally titled Giligio Aghedu (The Cilician Catastrophe). It was published in Istanbul, in 1912, but confiscated by the Ottoman government. Terzian, a pharmacist by profession, documented his own and other eyewitnesses’ experiences during the 1909 massacres in the Adana province. All these accounts were written in the voice of the Armenian victims and conveyed a powerful sense of pain, grief, outrage.
Born in Hadjin in 1879 and educated in Constantinople, Hagop Terzian barely escaped the horrific events, however, was arrested on April 24, 1915 and killed, along with many of his colleagues.