A New Book: Raffi Bedrosyan’s “Trauma And Resilience: Armenians In Turkey”

A new book by Raffi Bedrosyan, published by Gomidas Institute, is now out and available online.

The book “Trauma And Resilience: Armenians In Turkey – hidden, not hidden and no longer hidden” has introductions written by lawyer and author Fethiye Cetin and by genocide scholar Prof. Taner Akcam is now

The book is a collection of articles about events in Turkey which have profoundly affected the lives of Armenians, hidden Armenians and no longer hidden Armenians who have recently returned to their roots.

The Genocide in 1915 not only caused the disappearance of 1.5 million Armenians from their historic homeland, but also resulted in the assimilation and Islamization of thousands of Armenian orphans, creating the ‘hidden Armenians’, the living victims of the Genocide.

Almost one hundred years later, certain events encouraged the grandchildren of the hidden Armenians to re-awaken and return to their Armenian roots, language and culture. Some of the articles explain these events and the author’s role in them. Other articles reveal little known historic facts about Armenians and hidden Armenians, their contribution to culture and architecture in Turkey, still denied by the state or unknown by the people of Turkey.

In all the articles, there is a common theme of ‘trauma’ – a mixture of negative emotions resulting from risk to one’s own life or livelihood, fear, danger, and discrimination, combined with anger, sadness and defiance in the face of continuing denial and injustice. But there is also the other common trait of ‘resilience’, the instinctive skills of flexibility, adaptation and intelligence, resulting in survival against all odds.

The book is available from Amazon.com or directly from the author.