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Gesaria (Կեսարիա), also frequently transliterated as Gessaria, now known in Turkey as Kayseri.

An Armenian Church reopened in recent years, though there are no Armenians left:

NAASR Lecture on Gesaria photo

National Association for Armenian Studies and Research
395 Concord Avenue
Belmont, MA 02478
Tel.: 617-489-1610
E-mail: hq @
Contact: Marc A. Mamigonian


A group of Armenian men are photographed standing under Turkish guard in front of a building in Gesaria (Caesarea) in 1915. The building is a prison and the men, most of whose names are listed under the photograph, will soon be taken away and murdered, early victims of the genocide of the Armenians committed by the Ottoman Empire. Who took this photograph and why? Who were these men and how did they die? What became of their families?

Stephen Kurkjian, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for the Boston Globe and the son of a survivor of the Armenian Genocide, has spent the past year researching this photograph trying to answer these questions. He will present his findings in an illustrated lecture entitled "Kiss My Children's Eyes: A Search for Answers to the Armenian Genocide Through One Remarkable Photograph" on Thursday, November 10, at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Center , 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA.

Unique Approach To Extraordinary Photograph

The photograph Kurkjian has investigated is extraordinary as it is one of the very few which have emerged from the Genocide which show identified Armenian men during what was essentially a death march. Yet it has never been researched-until now. Using his skill as a reporter and the historical documentary resources available to him, and with the assistance of Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives and the research assistance of Dr. Vahakn N. Dadrian, Director of Genocide Research for the Zoryan Institute and renowned genocide scholar, Kurkjian has unraveled some-but not all-of the mysteries of the photograph.

Kurkjian's approach, which combines the skills of the historian, the detective, and the semiotician, focuses on the microcosm of this single photograph to find a unique window into the macrocosm of the destruction of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire.

Admission to the event is free (donations appreciated). The NAASR Bookstore will open at 7:30 p.m. The NAASR Center and Headquarters is located opposite the First Armenian Church and next to the U.S. Post Office. Ample parking is available around the building and in adjacent areas. The lecture will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. and interested parties are strongly encouraged to arrive early as space is limited and a large turnout is anticipated.

More information about the lecture is available by calling 617-489-1610, faxing 617-484-1759, e-mailing hq @, or writing to NAASR, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478.

2006 Attack on Church

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