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Verjine Svazlian, ethnographer and folklorist, was born in 1934 in Alexandria (Egypt) in the family of the writer and public man Karnik Svazlian, himself an eye-witness survivor of Turkish tyranny.

In 1947, she has been repatriated with her parents to the Motherland, Armenia.

In 1956, she has graduated with honours from the Department of the Armenian Language and Literature of the Kh. Abovian State Pedagogical Institute.

Beginning from the nineteen fifties, she has, on her own initiative, started to write down and thereby saved from a total loss the various folklore creations communicated by the repatriates forcibly deported from Western Armenia, Cilicia and the Armenian-inhabited provinces of Anatolia, as well as the narrated memoirs of the eye-witness survivors of the Armenian Genocide.

Starting from 1958, she has worked at the M. Abeghian Institute of Literature of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia. During her post-graduate studies, she has been a M. Abeghian grant-aided student.

From 1961, she has worked at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia and, from 1996, also at the Museum-Institute of the Armenian Genocide of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.

She has maintained her Candidate thesis in 1965 and her thesis for a Doctor's Degree in 1995.

She has participated in republican and international conferences, discoursing upon folklore, ethnography and the Armenian Action.

She is also the author of a number of scientific papers published in the Motherland and in the Armenian Diaspora.


BELGE" PUBLISHING HOUSE PUBLISHES VERJINE SVAZLIAN'S "THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE AND HISTORICAL MEMORY" BOOK IN TURKISH

Noyan Tapan Armenians Today Nov 3 2005

ISTANBUL, NOVEMBER 3, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. The "Belge" publishing houses published recently Verjine Svazlian's "The Armenian Genocide and Historical Memory" book in Turkish. The translator is Emine Demir.

Verjine Svazlian is one of those historians who gathers testimonies of those survived the 1915 Genocide, estimating those in their common system.

The main two parts of the book are "The typological peculiarities of the testimonies of eyewitness survivors," "The course of the Armenian Genocide according to the testimonies of the eyewitness survivors."

Testimonies and studies are followed by summaries in Turkish, French, German, English, Russian and Armenian. Then photographs of eyewitness survivors come.

According to the Istanbul "Marmara" daily, publishers mention in the book preface that the 1915 events left an unforgettable trace in memories. They also mention that there is a necessity of carrying out such a work in Turkey.

There are many testimonies in Turkey as well: both of participants of those events and ones helped those suffered, stories which were passed by the first generation to the second and third ones: "Those memories wait for their historians who will study them."

The "Belge" publishing house published one of books of an American Armenian famous writer Peter Balakian as well: "Black Dog of Fate" in which the author tells a riveting narrative about his grandmother and family of many members survived the 1915 Genocide.


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President's Prize

YEREVAN, APRIL 21, 2006 NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. On April 15, RA President Robert Kocharian signed a decree on giving prizes to persons who have made a considerable contribution to the issue of recognition of the Armenian Genocide in 2005. As Noyan Tapan was informed from RA President's Press Service, Verzhine Svazlian was given President's prize for her monograph "The Armenian Genocide and the Historical Memory of the People" and Edgar Hilsenrath (Germany) for his novel "The Tale of the Last Thought."


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CURRICULUM VITAE

VERJINÉ K. SVAZLIAN

HOME ADDRESS:
36 M. Saryan St., Apt. 23
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Armenia
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OFFICE ADDRESS:
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DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH:
March 1, 1934, Alexandria, Egypt

STATUS:
Married

EDUCATION:
1942-1945
Poghosian Armenian National Elementary School, Alexandria
1945-1947
Emmacule Conception French Catholic School, Alexandria
1948-1952
Armenian State Pedagogical College, Yerevan, B.S., 1952
Speciality: Teacher of Armenian Language
1952-1956
Kh. Abovian Armenian State Pedagogical Institute, Yerevan
Department of the Armenian Language and Literature, MA, 1956
Specialty: Armenian Language and Literature
1958-1961
Institute of Literature, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan
Ph.D. (Doctor of Philology), 1965
Speciality: Armenian Folklore, Diaspora and Ethnic Studies
1995
Institute of Literature, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan
D.S. (Philology), 1995

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONORS:

1985 “Praise Certificate” of the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of the Armenian SSR for the book “Moussa Dagh.” Folklore Collection. Vol. 4 (Yerevan, 1984), Yerevan

1985 Gold Medal of “Honorable Denizen of Moussa Dagh” awarded by the General Compatriotic Union “Moussa Dagh” for the book “Moussa Dagh.” Folklore Collection. Vol. 16 (Yerevan, 1984), Beirut

1990 “Veteran of Labor” awarded by the National Academy of Sciences of the Armenian SSR for Long-Standing Endowment in National Science, Yerevan

1992 “Honorable Denizen of Zeytoun” awarded by the Historico-Cultural Union “Zeytoun” for the book “Cilicia. The Oral Tradition of the Western Armenians” (Yerevan, 1994), Yerevan

1996 “Honor Certificate” of the Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey for participation at the International Conference on National Religious Holiday Vardavar, Istanbul

1999 “Honorable Denizen of Van-Vaspourakan” awarded by the Compatriotic Union “Van-Vaspourakan” for the book “Van-Vaspourakan.” Armenian Folk Tales. Vol. 15 (Yerevan, 1998), Yerevan

2000 April 24, on the occasion of the 85th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, was awarded the “Diploma of Honor of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia for her scientific investigations conducted in the field of the History of the Armenian Problem, the Armenian Genocide and the Diasporan Armenians,” Yerevan

2002 Diasporan literary-philological prize “Haykashen Ouzounian” of the Tekeyan Cultural Union.

2003 April 24, “Fridtjof Nansen’s Memorial Medal for the scientific and public activity directed toward the condemnation of the Armenian Genocide and toward the establishment of philanthropic principles” awarded by the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia and the International Committee “The Veritables for the Armenians”

2004 April, Professor of the Armenological Academy “Ararat” in Paris.

RESEARCH GRANTS:
1958-1961 M. Abeghian Grant during post-graduate study at the Institute of Literature, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan

1995 Research Grant of the American University of Armenia for the book “Genocide. The Oral Evidences of the Western Armenians.” Yerevan, 1995 (in Armenian), Yerevan

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:

  • Oral Tradition of the Western Armenians
  • Armenian Folklore and Ethnography
  • Western Armenian (Cilician) Dialects
  • Armenian Linguistics and Literature
  • Armenian Genocide
  • Evidences of the eye-witness survivors of the Armenian Genocide
  • Armenian Diaspora Studies
  • Ethnic and Community Studies

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
1956-Present on own initiative has written down and thereby save from total loss folk materials, memoirs and Turkish-language songs of historical character from the eye-witness survivors (about 500) of the Armenian Genocide (in Armenia, USA, Greece, Turkey and Russia)

1956-1958 Teacher of Language at High School (No. 52), Yerevan

1958-1961 Post-graduate study at the Institute of Literature, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan

1961-1972 Junior Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan

1972-1995 Senior Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan

1995 to Present Leading Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Yerevan

1995 to Present Leading Researcher at the Museum-Institute of the Armenian Genocide, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES:
1995 to Present Member of the Scientific Council of the Museum-Institute of the Armenian Genocide, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:
1987-Present Head of the Women’ Council, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan

LANGUAGES:
Armenian, French, Turkish, English, Russian


PUBLICATIONS:
Books:
“Sarkis Haykouni. Life and Work.” Armenian Ethnography and Folklore. Vol. 4. Publishing House of the AS ASSR. Yerevan, 1973 (in Armenian, with Russian Summary).

“Artsakh-Utik.” Armenian Folk Tales. Vol. 6. Publishing House of the AS ASSR. Yerevan, 1973 (in Armenian).

“Taron-Turuberan.” Armenian Folk Tales. Vol. 12. Publishing House of the AS ASSR. Yerevan, 1984 (in Armenian).

“Moussa Dagh.” Armenian Ethnography and Folklore. Vol. 16. Publishing House of the AS ASSR. Yerevan, 1984 (in Armenian, with English & Russian Summaries).

“Cilicia. The Oral Tradition of the Western Armenians.” “Gitutiun” Publishing House of the NAS RA. Yerevan, 1994 (in Armenian, with English, French & Russian Summaries).

“Genocide. The Oral Evidences of the Western Armenians.” “Gitutiun” Publishing House of the NAS RA. Yerevan, 1995 (in Armenian, with English, French & Russian Summaries).

“The Genocide in the Memoirs and Turkish-Language Songs of the Western Armenians.” “Gitutiun” Publishing House of the NAS RA. Yerevan, 1997 (in Armenian, with English, French & Russian Summaries).

“The Genocide in the Memoirs and Turkish-Language Songs of the Western Armenians.” “Gitutiun” Publishing House of the NAS RA. Yerevan, 1997 (in Russian, with English, French & Armenian Summaries).

“Van-Vaspurakan.” Armenian Folk Tales. Vol. 15. “Gitutiun” Publishing House of the NAS RA. Yerevan, 1998 (in Armenian).

“The Armenian Genocide in the Memoirs and Turkish Language Songs of the Eye-Witness Survivors.” “Gitutiun” Publishing House of the NAS RA. Yerevan, 1999 (in English).

“The Folklore of the Armenians of Constantinople.” “Gitutiun” Publishing House of the NAS RA. Yerevan, 2000 (in Western Armenian, with English Summary).

The Armenian Genocide: Testimonies of the Eye-Witness Survivors.” “Gitutiun” Publishing House of the NAS RA. Yerevan, 2000 (in Armenian, with English, French & Russian Summaries).

“The Armenian Genocide and Historical Memory.” Yerevan, “Gitutiun” Publishing House of the NAS RA, 2003 (in Armenian, with English, French & Russian Summaries).

“The Armenian Genocide and Historical Memory.” Yerevan, “Gitutiun” Publishing House of the NAS RA, 2004 (in English, with English, French, Turkish, Russian & Armenian Summaries).

“Le génocide arménien et la mémoire historique du peuple.” Erevan, Ed. «Guitoutiun» de l’Académie Nationale des Sciences d’Arménie, 2005 (in French, with French, English, German, Turkish, Russian & Armenian Summaries).

“Der Genozid an den Armeniern und die historische Erinnerung des Volkes.” Jerewan, Verlag „Gitutjun“ der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften der Republik Armenien, 2005 (in German, with German, English, French, Turkish, Russian & Armenian Summaries).

“The Armenian Genocide and the People's Historical Memory.” Yerevan, “Gitutiun” Publishing House of the NAS RA, 2005 (in English, with English, French, German, Turkish, Russian & Armenian Summaries).

“The Armenian Genocide and the People's Historical Memory.” Yerevan, “Gitutiun” Publishing House of the NAS RA, 2005 (in Russian, with Russian, English, French, German, Turkish & Armenian Summaries).

“Ermeni soykirimi ve halkin tarihsel hafizasi.” Istanbul, “Belge” Uluslararası Yayıncılık, 2005.

“The Armenian Genocide. Testimonies of the Eye-Witness Survivors.” Yerevan, “Gitutiun” Publishing House of the NAS RA, 2005 (in English, with English, French, German, Turkish, Russian & Armenian Summaries).

“The Armenian Folklore.” World Folklore Encyclopedia. USA, 2005.

Has compiled and edited: Karnik Svazlian. “For My Motherland.” “Hayastan” Publishing House. Yerevan, 1965 (in Armenian, with Cartoon Illustrations).

Grikor Gyozalian. “The Ethnography of Moussa Dagh.” “Gitutiun” Publishing House of the NAS RA. Yerevan, 2001 (in Armenian).

Articles:
More than one hundred scientific articles published in Armenia and in the Diaspora.

PAPERS PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS:
Participation to more than five dozen Republican and many International Conferences, discoursing upon folklore, linguistics, ethnography, the Armenian Studies, the Armenian Genocide and the Armenian Action.

ABOUT VERJINÉ SVAZLIAN:
Svetlana Vardanian. “Verjiné Svazlian.” Notable Armenian Women Scientists. Bibliographical Materials. No. 3, Yerevan, 2002 (in Armenian & English).