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The Role of Armenian Women During the Genocide

Khatchig Mouradian

Dr. Mouradian examines an important but understudied aspect of Armenian Genocide history.

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April 2017


The Role of Armenian Women During the Genocide

The history of the humanitarian relief effort in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide is closely connected with the stories of women who played a crucial role in saving thousands from illness and starvation by establishing orphanages, shelters and hospitals and caring for survivors during one of the darkest chapters in Armenian history. Here, Dr. Khatchig Mouradian examines the stories of just a few of these women, shining a light on one of the most important but understudied aspects of the Armenian Genocide.


Dr. Khatchig Mouradian is a visiting professor at the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University. He has taught courses on imperialism, mass violence, human rights, concentration camps, urban space and conflict in the Middle East, and collective memory at Rutgers University, Worcester State University, and California State University-Fresno. He is the author of several articles and book chapters, including, most recently, “The Meskeneh Concentration Camp, 1915-1917: A case study of power, collaboration, and humanitarian resistance during the Armenian Genocide,” Journal of the Society of Armenian Studies, Vol. 24 (2015); and “Genocide and Humanitarian Resistance in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1916,” Études arméniennes contemporaines, Vol. 7 (2016).

Complementary Resources

In April 2017, AGBU WebTalks partnered with USC Shoah Foundation to integrate videos from the AGBU WebTalks series into USC Shoah Foundation’s award-winning IWitness educational website. IWitness provides access to more than 2,000 audiovisual testimonies of survivors and witnesses to genocides for guided exploration – bringing human stories of the Institute’s Visual History Archive® to more than 100,000 secondary school educators and students in 80 countries. The collaboration is designed to further the study of the Armenian Genocide through professional development opportunities for educators as well as new and engaging multimedia resources for students around the world.