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Reminiscences from Tomarza's Past

Reminiscences from Tomarza's Past

London and Reading: Taderon Press, 2007
184 pp,
ISBN 978-1-903656-60-0, paperback,
UK£12.00 / US$20.00
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Originally written and published in Armenian (Beirut, 1960), Reminiscences from Tomarza’s Past is a reflection on the Armenian village of Tomarza near Kayseri, in central Turkey, before the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Written by a native son of this village, Reminiscences from Tomarza’s Past is a collage covering local folklore, communal developments, social and political issues, as well as inter-communal strife and genocide.

Reminiscences from Tomarza’s Past is part of a specific genre of Armenian books, written in the wake of the Armenian Genocide, when survivors of that catastrophe made concerted efforts to preserve the memory of their lost communities for their descendants and future generations of Armenians. Like all sources, this book, read carefully, yields fascinating insights into the social, economic and political life of the late Ottoman Empire.

Haroutiun Barootian was born in Tomarza in 1882 and settled in Racine, Wisconsin after World War I.

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