KHODORCHUR 100 YEARS LATER
Written by Raphael Gianighian / Edited by Vartan Gianighian
In 1977, at seventy-one years of age, Raphael Gianighian left his Italian home to revisit the place of his childhood, the district of Khodorchur in Eastern Turkey. Only through the courage and resolution of Raphael’s grandfather, and members of the American Committee for Relief, does the young boy survive the Armenian Genocide. Inspired by his 1977 excursion, Raphael begins to write his slice of dark history lest it be forgotten. Then, in 2010, his son, Vartan, also visits Eastern Turkey, and feels compelled to write his father’s memoirs.
It is a message of building emotional bridges that bring people closer together. It is a call to action to break down the barriers of hatred between races and religions. And it is a testimony to what can be accomplished when good people unite against oppression.