Soghomon's iblis / 2015
The work is inspired by Soghomon Tehlirian's testimony from his trial, set in Berlin, in 1921.
Tehlirian admitted to having killed Talaat Pasha, one of the three pashas that ruled over the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. The assassination took place on March 15th, 1921, in the presence of many witnesses.
Talaat Pasha was one of the people directly responsible for the Armenian Genocide (the Armenian Holocaust), during which 1.5 million Armenians were systematically exterminated from their historic homeland, in the territory that is part of present-day Turkey.
Soghomon Tehlirian lost all of his family during the exterminations and was haunted by his loss until the end of his life.
He was found not guilty by the German court and was freed.
text: "The case of Soghomon Tehlirian", by A.R.F. Varantian Gomideh
translated from German to English by Vartkes Yeghiyan, Los Angeles, US, 1985
warm thanks to armeniapedia.org/
running time: 8 minutes