General Andranik Papers Find Home in Armenia

YEREVAN — The manuscripts of General Andranik Ozanian, the Armenian national hero who died in 1927, have found their permanent home in Armenia.

The manuscript — 65 pages long — is the only known memoir of General Andranik written by him. The general had sent them in 1921 to Hovhannes Boghossian, editor of the journal Abaka in Paris to be published. Abaka was then an organ of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (Ramgavar) in France.

In the 1960s, Boghossian handed these over to Hampartsoum Kouyoumjian (Koumrouyan), a former editor of the Zartonk daily and a former member of the Central Committee of the Ramgavar Party and the Tekeyan Cultural Association in Beirut, so that would be handed over to the relevant authorities in Armenia at an opportune moment. This was also the explicit wish of Hampartsoum Kouyoumjian.

Hampartsoum Kouyoumjian handed these over to his son, Dr. Hratch Kouyoumjian, in 1988, three years before his death, with this express wish. He feared for the document’s safety during the civil war in Lebanon when his house was damaged by bombs. The manuscript has survived since 1921 after travelling from the UK to France, to Lebanon, to Greece and finally to England.

“By handing the manuscript to the National History Museum in Yerevan through Culture Minister Hasmig Boghossian, I am finally fulfilling the wishes of many who wanted these manuscripts to be housed in their rightful place. We are approaching the 150th anniversary of General Antranig’s birth and the centennial of the Armenian Genocide; this will be one small contribution to these commemorations,” Hratch Kouyoumjian said.