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Tadem, My Father's Village
Extinguished during the 1915 Armenian Genocide
Robert Aram Kaloosdian




Peter E. Randall Publisher
2015 • 352 pp. 50 illus., maps 6 x 9"
History Former Soviet Republics / History - 20th Century / Genocide & War Crimes


$28.00 Hardcover, 978-1-942155-02-7

$19.99 Ebook, 978-1-942155-06-5

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“Tadem’s story mirrors the tale of hundreds of other Armenian towns and villages in the Ottoman Empire. Robert Aram Kaloosdian has made a lasting contribution through his meticulous combination of historical sources, memoirs, and oral histories.”—Richard G. Hovannisian, University of California, Los Angeles and Shoah Foundation Institute

100 years after the Armenian Genocide, new eyewitness accounts

Drawing on accounts from over a dozen witnesses, most never before published, the author recounts the life and death of one village. He follows his father, Boghos Kezerian Kaloosdian, and other townspeople from the first intimations of violence through deportations, separations, massacres, and escapes, to the establishment of diasporal communities. With striking immediacy, the author presents Tadem as a microcosm of the Genocide and argues that the Turks used the outbreak of World War I as a cover for atrocities motivated by religious hatred and greed.

Reviews / Endorsements

“(A)n exceptionally rich local history… meticulously records the different phases of the genocidal process by presenting Tadem as a microcosm of the genocide.  Kaloosdian has made a lasting contribution in reconstructing the experience of Tademtsis (people from Tadem) during and after the genocide."—Journal of Levantine Studies

Awards/Recognition:

Winner of the Gold Medal for Best New Voice from IBPA’s Ben Franklin (2016)


The son of a Genocide survivor, ROBERT ARAM KALOOSDIAN was raised in Watertown, Massachusetts, and graduated from Clark University and the Boston University School of Law. As a leader in Armenian-community affairs, Kaloosdian has devoted much of his life to the recognition and study of the Genocide. He was founding chairman of the Armenian National Institute and a founder of the Armenian Assembly of America. A lawyer for more than fifty years in Greater Boston, he aided the team defending a school curriculum guide against Genocide deniers in federal court. Kaloosdian practices in Watertown and lives in Belmont, Massachusetts, with his wife, Marianne.



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