Two Figures on a Bench, in a Park, Tiflis, 1914

~~Tomorrow is April 24–the 101th anniversary of the Ottoman Genocide of the Armenian population of the Empire.  This posting is the first of three short essays that try to approach the topic of genocide.  It ran originally in Jadaliyya, on September 20, 2015.~~

When I was growing up in Amman, where my parents had finally landed as refugees from Palestine, we had a valise where we kept folds of photographs, faded images with wrinkled edges, the oldest ones—just a handful–going back to the early 1910s. The …

Source: Two Figures on a Bench, in a Park, Tiflis, 1914


About Taline Voskeritchian

Writing teacher at Boston University; translator (from Arabic and Armenian); prose writer; occasional editor; incurable wanderer.
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4 Responses to Two Figures on a Bench, in a Park, Tiflis, 1914

  1. araoshagan says:

    Mazola, This is a very good piece of writing. I had read it and I read it again this morning.  I want to see your valise full of photos.  ara

  2. Anahid Oshagan says:

    A very powerful piece, Taline. I enjoyed every word but had difficulty looking at the incredibly well described photograph. I’m still weeping.

    Sent from my iPad

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