Mediamax presents 100 Seconds project devoted to Armenian Genocide Centennial. The project is based on testimonies of Genocide survivors published by the National Archive of Armenia.
Jon Dee is an Australian campaigner and social entrepreneur.
For “100 seconds” project he reads an extract from Armenian Genocide survivor Tovmas Poghosian's testimony.
National Archives of Armenia
Collection of Documents
Testimony of survivor Tovmas Poghosian on the massacre of the Armenian population of Karin
The next day we were on the road together with the engineer. A wounded Armenian with his head bandaged approached us and asked for bread. We asked where he was coming from. He said: “They buried me alive. After suffering in the grave for three days, I came out.”
He was from the group we had buried. We gave him some bread. He went to the tents of working soldiers. We returned to our tents. The same wounded guy was sitting there. The soldiers were digging a grave. We asked who it was for. The wounded guy said: “It is for me. They are going to bury me.” Indeed, they put him into the grave and buried him.
After these events the general deportation from the Karin region and Derjan started. At that moment, they suggested that those who had a house and family from those regions should join them and be exiled. But knowing that they would murder us, we didn’t allow the soldiers from Derjan to go with their families though when they saw them being driven off, they gave in and wanted to join them.
At that moment the supervisor came and instructed them strictly not to go, saying that everybody had been killed a little far away. After hearing that, no one wanted to leave.
Producer: Ara Tadevosyan
Post Production: Tumo LLC
The source of Tovmas Poghosian's testimony: National Archives of Armenia, Armenian Genocide by Ottoman Turkey, 1915, Testimony of survivors, Collection of documents, Yerevan-2013.
VivaCell-MTS is the general partner of 100 seconds project.