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Posted 18 March 2019 - 12:05 PM


Armenian Village of Nor Araks in Italy


In the 1920s in Italy, famous Armenian symbolist poet Hrant Nazarian gathered 150 Armenians, survivors of massacres of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey, and founded the village of Nor-Araks (Armenian: “New Araks”) near the city of Bari.

This village exists to this day (photos attached). The city itself is located on the shore of the Adriatic Sea.

A small carpet weaving factory was opened in the village, and the sale of the carpets ensured the existence of the whole community.

The initiative of Hrant Nazarian (on the first photo) was implemented with the assistance and personal protection of Benito Mussolini. The costs of electricity, water, medical service, and medical supplies were taken care of by the government.x2fXRWF-NMY.jpg

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 06:21 PM

Last Genocide Survivor in Italy Dies

By Jean Eckian / Paris

On Sat., Feb. 16, Sergio (Sarkis) Musceghian, the last survivor of the Armenian Genocide in Cerchiara (Calabria), Italy, died. He was 98 years old.

Sarkis was born on Nov. 4, 1916, and was taken in by Italian missionaries in Rhodes while walking on the streets of Constantinople when he was four years old.

In his eulogy, Cerchiara Mayor Antonio Carlomagno paid tribute to this man “of great dignity and moral rectitude.”

“The community of Cerchiara di Calabria had the pleasure and honor of meeting Sarkis during memorial moments of this great tragedy of the Armenian people, still waiting for justice in history and men. We were honored to meet with him and the history of his people. Sarkis, thank you,” said Carlomagno.

In the last years of his life, Sarkis devoted much of his time to discussing the fate of the Armenian people, especially during genocide commemorations on April 24. “I cannot miss an opportunity when we speak of the fate of my people,” he once said.

He lived in the village of Nor Arax (a “Villaggio Armeno”) in Bari with his wife Maryam and her daughter Vartuhi. In January 2013, Bari unveiled a khatchkar (cross-stone) in tribute to the victims of the Armenian Genocide.





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Posted 18 March 2019 - 06:29 PM


Hrand Nazariantz Born January 8, 1886
Died January 25, 1962 (aged 76)
Bari, Italy
Nationality Ottoman Education Sorbonne University, Paris Occupation Journalist, poet, teacher Years active First half of 20th century
Notable credit(s)
Candidate to Nobel Prize Spouse(s) Maddalena de Cosmis
Maria Lucarelli




Nazariantz on the left with Armenian writer Karekin Gozigian.

Born in the Üsküdar district of Constantinople on January 8, 1886, he was the son of Diran Nazariantz, a businessman and member of the Armenian National Assembly from the district of Kumkapı, and Azniv Merametdjian. He attended the Berberian College from 1898, but he was expelled because of a relationship with another future writer, Mannig Berberian, daughter of Reteos Berberian, founder and owner of the college, and for asking her to marry him.

In 1902 he went to London to complete high school, and was hosted "by an ancient family of the English aristocracy." In the same year he completed the first draft of his collection Crucified Dreams.

In 1905 he matriculated at the Sorbonne in Paris and joined the Armenian liberation movement. In 1907 he went back to the Ottoman Empire because of his father's illness, to take over the management of the family business, established in the production of carpets and lace, which gave work to about two thousand workers, located in the districts of ÜsküdarKumkapıKadıköy. This commitment continued along with his involvement in journalism and literary writing.

Political and literary activity in the Ottoman Empire[edit]

In 1908 he published the newspaper Surhantag (The Messenger) with Dikran Zaven, and in 1909 he founded the political and literary weekly Nor Hosank (New Wave), in collaboration with Karekin Gozikyan, called Yessalem,[1] who was the founder of the first workers' union of the Armenian press in the Ottoman Empire (Matbaa İşçileri Meslek Birliği). He also works with fiction writer Rupen Zartarian and playwright Levon Shant in the magazine of art and controversy Baguine(Temple). Also Atom Yarjanian (Siamanto), an important Armenian journalist, wrote in this magazine.

In 1910 tries to establish with Gostan Zarian and Kegham Parseghian a circle of innovative art around Les volontés folles. In the same field comes out in Constantinople, accompanied by illustrations of cartoonists Enrico Sacchetti, and Yambo, the important essay on F.T. Marinetti and futurism (FT Marinetti and apagajapaštoitiine). In the same year he publishes a series of poetry books that stand out as the leading exponent of so-called symbol poetry in Armenian.

From 1911 is in correspondence with Filippo Tommaso MarinettiGian Pietro LuciniLibero Altomare and engages on essays and translations in Armenian language, to make known their poetry together with that of Corrado Govoni and Enrico Cardileas part of a larger work of renovation in literature in the Armenian language in the light of the important Italian and French literature and historical events. In the same year Yenovk Armen published an essay titled Hrand Nazariantz and His Crucified Dreams.




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