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The Events of April 24, 1915

Raymond Kévorkian

Raymond Kévorkian describes the events of April 24, 1915.

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April 2016


The Events of April 24, 1915

On the night of April 24, 1915, the Ottoman police began to systematically arrest and execute the Armenian intellectual elite of Constantinople – over 250 prominent political and community leaders, newspaper editors and journalists, professors and school principals, doctors and lawyers. Here, historian Raymond Kévorkian describes the events that marked the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.

Produced by AGBU WebTalks in partnership with the Zoryan Institute.


Dr. Raymond Kevorkian is a French Armenian historian and author of The Armenian Genocide: A Complete History. His writings and research focus on the events of the Armenian Genocide, its impact on the surviving Armenian communities across the diaspora and in the formation of the Turkish state. For many years, Dr. Kevorkian served as the director of the AGBU Nubarian Library in Paris. In 2010, Dr. Kevorkian received the Presidential Award from Armenian President Serge Sargsyan in recognition of his enormous contributions to Armenian studies. He is a member of Société de Géographie, a board member of International Association for Armenian Studies, and a foreign member the Armenian National Academy of Sciences.