1094) Chilingirian Murder: A Case Study from the 1915 Roundup of Armenian Intellectuals

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The Chilingirian Murder: A Case Study from the 1915 Roundup of Armenian Intellectuals
Taner Akcam
Clark University

Scholarship on the destruction of the Armenian community of the Ottoman Empire has tended to focus on the genocide’s broad historical, political, and sociological aspects. The gradual opening of the Prime Ministerial Ottoman Archive in Istanbul has made it possible to shed light on micro-aspects of the planning and implementation of the Armenian genocide. On the basis of documents and eyewitness accounts related to the murder of Dr. Rupen Sevag Chilingirian, the author provides important insight into the central authorities’ involvement in the murder of Armenian intellectuals.

On June 22, 1915, Ottoman authorities arrested Dr. Rupen Sevag Chilingirian, an Armenian physician and poet, as part of an ongoing roundup...

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