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Yair Auron reads the testimony of Davit Melkonian


Yair Auron
Yair Auron

Photo: Mediamax


Mediamax presents 100 Seconds project devoted to Armenian Genocide Centennial. The project is based on testimonies of Genocide survivors published by the National Archive of Armenia.

Yair Auron is an Israeli historian, scholar and expert specializing on Holocaust and Genocide studies. Since 2005, he serves as the Head of the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication of The Open University of Israel and an Associate Professor.

For 100 seconds project Yair Auron reads an extract from Armenian Genocide survivors Davit Melkonian's and Hmayak Matevosian's testimony.



National Archives of Armenia
Collection of Documents

Testimony of survivors Davit Melkonian and Hmayak Matevosian on the massacre of the village of Khasgyugh in Mush district of Mush province

On Sunday morning, the village was suddenly besieged and strong shooting started. Then they gathered all the men and announced that they would be given releasing papers so that nobody would persecute them anymore.

But the next day in the morning, they tied everybody to one other - more than 700 men, murdered them one by one and threw them into the large pit near the village.

Our women and little children were gathered on Thursday and taken to the village of Yershter where they were told that they would be sent to Germany as captives.

However, many of the women had a presentiment about the imminent disaster and left their children on the streets of the village not to see their death.

All those who were taken to the village were burnt alive. They also made the Armenians gather the children from the streets and throw them into pits.

Producers: Ara Tadevosyan
Filming: Lena Gevorgyan, Mariam Loretsyan
Post Production: Tumo LLC

The source of Davit Melkonian's and Hmayak Matevosian' testimony: National Archives of Armenia, Armenian Genocide by Ottoman Turkey, 1915, Testimony of survivors, Collection of documents, Yerevan-2013.

VivaCell-MTS is the general partner of 100 seconds project.

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