A Turkish journalist and editor for CNN Turk, Sedar Korocu, has published an exclusively important document on the Armenian Genocide.
The archive record, bearing the Istanbul Armenian Patriarchate’s seal, contains a message by Archbishob Zaven Ter-Yaghyayan, the supreme religious leader at the time, reporting the demise of Karapet G Zarmanyan, a native of Erzurum who was exiled from home under the Turkish authorities’ decree. The document reveals that Zarmanyan passed away in March 1916 in the vicinities of Mosul (Iraq).
The Turkish journalist notes that Patriarch Yaghyayan, who was born in Baghdad, was exiled to his home city after the Patriarchate’s closure in 1916 and was able to return to Constantinople only three years laterafter the Young Turk government’s overthrow .
After his return, he faced the difficult task of conveying the sad news of the missing Armenians’ death (during the march into exile) to their families.
A French language document about Zarmanyan’s demise contains also the name of his wife and daughters, who were reported alive at the time.
The Turkish journalist is hopeful to find living descendants of the Zarmanyan family after the archive document’s publication.