Letters from Armenia to Israel Safarian

These letters, translated from a now little-known Armenian dialect, are concrete expressions of the misery suffered by Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. Alarmed by the increasing raids by Kurds on Armenian villages, Israel Safarian left his native village in Turkey for Canada in 1907, with the hope of making a better life there with his family. Due to his financial difficulties and failing health, he was unable to save his parents, brother, wife and children from perishing in the genocidal deportations of 1915. The letters set forth in this book are from Israel's remaining family members, who express sadness at Israel's absence and desperation in the face of oppression.