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AGBU in Soviet Armenia, 1922-1937

Vahé Tachjian

Dr. Tachjian describes AGBU's rebuilding and resettlement efforts in early Soviet Armenia.

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December 2016


AGBU in Soviet Armenia, 1922-1937

In the wake of the Armenian Genocide, tens of thousands of deportees and orphans remained scattered in refugee camps all across the Middle East. For AGBU, the newly formed Soviet Armenian Republic held the promise of a homeland—a place where the Armenian people could at last live securely as a nation and maintain their culture and identity. With this in mind, over the course of fifteen years from 1922-1937, AGBU concentrated its resources and efforts on reconstruction and resettlement projects in Soviet Armenia. Historian Vahé Tachjian describes the nature of these activities—most notably the construction of the Nubarashen settlement in Yerevan—and the triumphs and challenges of those early years.


Vahé Tachjian received his doctorate at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. His numerous articles and books examine French colonialism, Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, and refugee issues in the Middle East. He is the project director and the chief editor of the Berlin-based Houshamdyan website, which aims to reconstruct Ottoman Armenians' local history and life stories.