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A Nation Of Widows And Orphans: Armenian Memories Of Relief In Jerusalem

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This chapter addresses the brutal displacement and the immediate relief efforts which followed. It examines the Armenian experience of the relief efforts through the memories of those who lived through them. The chapter contends that the relief efforts are an integrated part of the Armenian narrative, but the author does not see Armenians as an embodiment of relief activities. It concentrates on the correlation between relief activities and memory. The chapter uses ethnography and postulate that a close study of individual stories will inform us more about the impact of the relief work on people's lives and give us a better understanding of people's perception and memories of the events that took place and their ambivalence towards them. It begins the account of the genocide with a brief description of the fieldwork in Jerusalem before the chapter continues with the voices of orphans.

Keywords:Armenian memories; Jerusalem; life stories; orphans; relief activities



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