Folkemord vil si at man ikke bare forsøker å fysisk tilintetgjøre en gruppe eller et folk, men også kulturen, deres historiske og litterære arv. Deres hukommelse. Slik tyrkerne gjorde mot armenerne. Vi snakker om en 3.000 år gammel kultur.
Some 9,000 rare manuscripts are estimated to have been destroyed as Armenians were driven from their homeland in World War I, but about 30 books currently on display in Armenia’s Archive of Ancient Manuscripts are believed to have been rescued by fleeing peasants.
One of these texts are the Mush Homilies. In 1915 when Ottoman forces attacked Mush, an illiterate peasant woman is said to have found the massive book in the courtyard of a church.
Too heavy to carry whole, she cut the 800-year-old book in half and took one half, according to the director of the Archive, Sem Arevshatyan.
The unnamed woman initially brought the text to the seat of Armenia’s Gregorian Apostolic church in Echmitzin where it was later to be joined by the other half, discovered by a retreating Russian colonel named Nikolai de Roberti.
«Many of these books were brought by illiterate, unread people, who nevertheless understood that these texts were immensely important,» Areshatyan said.
«Instead of taking their personal belongings they carried these books.»(afp)