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Life-Sentence of Martyrdom
George Apelian presents his new book "A Life-Sentence of Martyrdom" in a ceremony at Haigazian University


Mr. George Apelian, writer and author of two books, "Hel? Hel? Kessab" and "A Bride Named Anna," presented his most recent work, "A Life-Sentence of Martyrdom," during a book signing ceremony which took place at Haigazian University, on April 3, 2005, at 6:00 p.m. in the University Auditorium.

The University's Public Relations Director, Mrs. Mira Yardemian, started the ceremony with a note of welcome, and invited the audience to consider Apelian's work a commemoration of the Armenian Genocide and its 1.5 million martyrs.

The President of the University, the Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, addressed the audience with satisfaction at the publication of this new book, noting that the author is a Haigazian alumnus. Moreover, Haidostian emphasized that this book could also be entitled, "A Life-Sentence of Faith, Service and Growth," due to its endeavor to preserve Armenian identity.

After a reading by Mrs. Tsoler Manisadjian of some moving passages from the book, Miss Narine Boulghourdjian then introduced the author, highlighting his social, educational and cultural contributions to the Armenian community.

On behalf of the "Moussa Ler" Compatriotic Union, Mr. Yessayi Havatian delivered a short speech in which he considered the work: unique in its kind, interesting, and written with a strong Armenian spirit. Moreover, he emphasized that the book can be used as a documentary source to retrieve information on survivors of the Genocide.

"A Life-Sentence of Martyrdom" is the glory of the Armenian people, because in it Armenians don't die; instead they meet, unite and build new families. In the book we witness the overcoming of the Armenian Genocide, noted Havatian.

To close the ceremony, the author, Mr. George Apelian, shared his heartfelt words with the audience, stating that it was a privilege for him to return to Haigazian University, 41 years after his graduation, and present his work to the public.

Apelian expressed his deep gratitude that the publication of his book coincided with the Armenian Genocide's 90th anniversary, the 1600th anniversary of the creation of the Armenian alphabet, and the fiftieth anniversary of Haigazian University.

Apelian concluded his speech by sharing with the audience the inner drive that moved him to write his book: "It was in order to perpetuate the memory of a few survivors, to reveal the pains and sorrows of a few orphans, and to honor the struggle of a few mothers, that I wrote this book," Apelian modestly noted.

After the ceremony, the audience gathered in the University's Arthur Matossian Gallery amid animated conversation, while the author signed copies of his new book.

Mira Yardemian
Public Relations Director
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