Ravished Armenia and the Story of Aurora Mardiganian

Author: Anthony Slide
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1626741298
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“Ravished Armenia” and the Story of Aurora Mardiganian is the real-life tale of a teenage Armenian girl who was caught up in the 1915 Armenian genocide, the first genocide in modern history. Mardiganian (1901–1994) witnessed the murder of her family and the suffering of her people at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. Forced to march over fourteen hundred miles, she was sold into slavery. When she escaped to the United States, Mardiganian was then exploited by the very individuals whom she believed might help. Her story was published in book form and then used as the basis for a 1918 feature film, in which she herself starred. The film Ravished Armenia, also known as Auction of Souls, is a graphic retelling of Aurora Mardiganian’s story, with the teenager in the central role, supported by Anna Q. Nilsson and Irving Cummings and directed by Oscar Apfel. Only twenty minutes of the film—the first to deal with the Armenian genocide—is known to survive, but it proves to be a stunning production, presenting its story in newsreel style. This revised edition of Anthony Slide’s “Ravished Armenia” and the Story of Aurora Mardiganian also contains an annotated reprint of Mardiganian’s original narrative and, for the first time, the full screenplay. In his introduction, Slide recounts the making of the film and Mardiganian’s life in the United States, involving a cast of characters including Henry Morgenthau, Mrs. George W. Vanderbilt, Mrs. Oliver Harriman, and film pioneer William Selig. The introduction also includes original comments by Aurora Mardiganian, whom Slide interviewed before her death. Acclaimed Armenian Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan, who created a video art installation about Mardiganian in 2007, provides a foreword.

Ravished Armenia

Author: Arshaluys (Aurora) Mardiganian
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781539537922
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Originally published in 1918. Ravished Armenia is an autobiographical account of Arshaluys (Aurora) Mardiganian, the Armenian beauty who escaped to America after two years of unspeakable adventures in the hands of Kurdish Raiders, Slave Markets and Turkish Harems. Her account depicts the story of what happened to Christian women in the hands of Kurdish Slave Raiders and how these Christian women endured in ravished Armenia. These events transpired during the Armenian diaspora, also known as Armenian holocaust or Armenian genocide. In 1919, an American film entitled Ravished Armenia, also known as Auction of Souls, was released, and the author, Arshaluys (Aurora) Mardiganian, herself played the lead role in the film. ______________ From the New York Sunday American- This girl, Aurora Mardiganian, who had been captive in the harems of the wealthy Turks, had been dragged to the tents of wild Kurdish chiefs, who had been carried off into captivity, slung on the saddle of an Arab raider, who had been purchased by a slave dealer and sold on the auction block to the highest bidder. THIS STORY OF AURORA MARDIGANIAN which is the most amazing narrative ever written has been reproduced for the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief in a tremendous motion picture spectacle "RAVISHED ARMENIA" through which runs the thrilling yet tender romance of this CHRISTIAN GIRL WHO SURVIVED THE GREAT MASSACRES. Undoubtedly, it is one of the greatest and most elaborate motion pictures of the age-every stirring scene through which Aurora lives in the book, is lived again on the motion picture screen.

Ravished Armenia

Author: Aurora Mardiganian
Publisher: Indoeuropeanpublishing.com
ISBN: 9781604447859
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Aurora (Arshaluys) Mardiganian (January 12, 1901 - February 6, 1994) was an Armenian American author, actress and a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. Aurora Mardiganian was the daughter of a prosperous Armenian family living in Chmshgatsak twenty miles north of Harput, Ottoman Turkey. Witnessing the deaths of her family members and being forced to march over 1,400 miles, during which she was kidnapped and sold into the slave markets of Anatolia, Mardiganian escaped to Tiflis (modern Tbilisi, Georgia), then to St. Petersburg, from where she traveled to Oslo and finally, with the help of Near East Relief, to New York. In New York, she was approached by Harvey Gates, a young screenwriter, who helped her write and publish a narrative that is often described as a memoir titled Ravished Armenia (full title Ravished Armenia; the Story of Aurora Mardiganian, the Christian Girl, Who Survived the Great Massacres (1918). The narrative Ravished Armenia was used for writing a film script that was produced in 1919, Mardiganian playing herself, and first screened in London as the Auction of Souls. The first New York performance of the silent film, entitled Ravished Armenia took place on February 16, 1919, in the ballroom of the Plaza Hotel, with society leaders, Mrs. Oliver Harriman and Mrs. George W. Vanderbilt, serving as co-hostesses on behalf of the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief. Mardiganian was referred to in the press as the Joan of Arc of Armenia, describing her role as the spokesperson for the victims of the horrors that were then taking place in Turkey and the catalyst for the humanist movement in America. In the 1920s Mardiganian married and lived in Los Angeles until her death on February 6, 1994. (wikipedia.org)

Author: 오로라 마르디가니언(Aurora Mardiganian)
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Ravished Armenia The Story of Aurora Mardiganian the Christian Girl Who Lived Through the Great Massacres

Author: Aurora Mardiganian
Publisher: Andesite Press
ISBN: 9781297490910
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Prior to the Auction of souls

Author: Aurora Mardiganian
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This book tells Aurora Mardiganian's life story as she relays it to a movie director and screen writer prior to the making of the movie, "Auction of souls." It is written as a cartoon, with color sequences displaying her life story from the past, interspersed with black and white sequences displaying her dialogue with the movie director and screen writer.

Ravished Armenia the Story of Aurora Mardiganian the Christian Girl Who Lived Through the Great Massacres

Author: Henry Leyford Gates
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ISBN: 9781548502980
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Ravished Armenia: The Story of Aurora Mardiganian, The Christian Girl, Who Lived Through the Great Massacres by Henry Leyford Gates, first published in 1918, is a rare manuscript, the original residing in one of the great libraries of the world. This book is a reproduction of that original, which has been scanned and cleaned by state-of-the-art publishing tools for better readability and enhanced appreciation. Restoration Editors' mission is to bring long out of print manuscripts back to life. Some smudges, annotations or unclear text may still exist, due to permanent damage to the original work. We believe the literary significance of the text justifies offering this reproduction, allowing a new generation to appreciate it.

Remembering Genocide

Author: Nigel Eltringham
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317754220
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In Remembering Genocide an international group of scholars draw on current research from a range of disciplines to explore how communities throughout the world remember genocide. Whether coming to terms with atrocities committed in Namibia and Rwanda, Australia, Canada, the Punjab, Armenia, Cambodia and during the Holocaust, those seeking to remember genocide are confronted with numerous challenges. Survivors grapple with the possibility, or even the desirability, of recalling painful memories. Societies where genocide has been perpetrated find it difficult to engage with an uncomfortable historical legacy. Still, to forget genocide, as this volume edited by Nigel Eltringham and Pam Maclean shows, is not an option. To do so reinforces the vulnerability of groups whose very existence remains in jeopardy and denies them the possibility of bringing perpetrators to justice. Contributors discuss how genocide is represented in media including literature, memorial books, film and audiovisual testimony. Debates surrounding the role museums and monuments play in constructing and transmitting memory are highlighted. Finally, authors engage with controversies arising from attempts to mobilise and manipulate memory in the service of reconciliation, compensation and transitional justice.

Hollywood Unknowns

Author: Anthony Slide
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1617034754
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Extras, bit players, and stand-ins have been a part of the film industry almost from its conception. On a personal and a professional level, their stories are told in Hollywood Unknowns, the first history devoted to extras from the silent era through the present. Hollywood Unknowns discusses the relationship of the extra to the star, the lowly position in which extras were held, the poor working conditions and wages, and the sexual exploitation of many of the hardworking women striving for a place in Hollywood society. Though mainly anonymous, many are identified by name and, for perhaps the first time, receive equal billing with the stars. And Hollywood Unknowns does not forget the bit players, stand-ins, and doubles, who work alongside the extras facing many of the same privations. Celebrity extras, silent stars who ended their days as extras, or members of various ethnic groups—all gain a deserved luster in acclaimed film writer Anthony Slide’s prose. Chapters document the lives and work of extras from the 1890s to the present. Slide also treats such subjects as the Hollywood Studio Club, Central Casting, the extras in popular literature, and the efforts at unionization through the Screen Actors Guild from the 1930s onwards. Slide chronicles events such as John Barrymore’s walking off set in the middle of the day so the extras could earn another day’s wages, and Cecil B. DeMille’s masterful organizing of casts of thousands in films such as Cleopatra. Through personal interviews, oral histories, and the use of newly available archival material, Slide reveals in Hollywood Unknowns the story of the men, women, and even animals that completed the scenes on the silver screen.