Aram Kaloosdian’s Book on Life and Death of Tadem Continues to Receive Praise


WASHINGTON — The Armenian National Institute announces that Robert Aram Kaloosdian’s book, Tadem: My Father’s Village Extinguished during the 1915 Armenian Genocide, was reviewed in the April 2017 issue of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the premier journal of the discipline published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In his review, Robert Melson describes the book as a “significant contribution to historical understanding” of the Armenian Genocide.

Kaloosdian’s book had already received two awards in 2016. Tadem: My Father’s Village was awarded an Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Award as a Silver Winner in the Best New Voice Nonfiction category. The IBPA describes the book as follows:

Drawing on accounts from over a dozen witnesses, most never before published, the author recounts the life and death of one village. With striking immediacy, the author presents Tadem as a microcosm of the Genocide and argues that the Turks used the outbreak of World War I as a cover for atrocities motivated by religious hatred and greed.

Tadem: My Father’s Village also received an IPPY Silver award in the category of World History. The IPPY Awards, launched in 1996 and given out by the Independent Publisher Book Awards, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers.

Kaloosdian is vice-chairman, and chairman emeritus (1997-2011), of the Armenian National Institute. ANI was founded in 1997 with a major donation by Hirair Hovnanian chairman emeritus of the Armenian Assembly of America.

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