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Manoukian

Bearing Witness to Humanity

Switzerland's Humanitarian Contribution during the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire 1894-1923
2018. Buch. 606 S. Hardcover
Aschendorff ISBN 978-3-402-13314-9
In englischer Sprache
This book seeks to pay tribute to the Swiss people’s unprecedented solidarity
with the Armenians in their most trying times. After providing a comprehensive
overview of Armenian history and the events leading to the massacres
and genocide perpetrated against the Armenians, the author explains how
it came to be that the Swiss people took a stand alongside their Armenian
brothers and sisters in the Christian faith.
A stark contrast emerges between the merciless policy of annihilation implemented
by the Ottoman Empire and the shining examples of sel_ essness
provided by aid workers from Switzerland, who – as doctors, nurses and educators
– gave the Armenian people formidable assistance in the most adverse
of circumstances.
Two examples, among many, should be mentioned - Sister Beatrice Rohner
(1876–1947), from Basel, who su_ ered a mental breakdown following all the
horror she experienced as a teacher and director of an orphanage, and Jakob
Künzler (1871–1949), from Walzenhausen. Having been acquainted with
Künzler, while Swiss vice-consul in Ja_ a, Carl Lutz found him to be a great
inspiration for his own heroic e_ orts saving Jews in Budapest in 1944.
The Author of this book endows his Swiss ‘witnesses for humanity’ with a
lively voice, without any loss of scholarliness, as is demonstrated by copious
footnotes and references. His extremely wide-ranging research integrates
previously unseen material from Swiss archives for the _ rst time and forms
the basis of this comprehensive work, which constitutes a signi_ cant enrichment
of the subject.
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