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THE MOST PATHETIC
AMBASSADRESS IN HISTORY
All the world outside of Turkey has
sympathy and it has varying degrees'
of wrath for one of the greatest
crimes in history-the torture and
murder of hundreds of thousands of!
Armenians-yet the tragedy itself has
To bring nearer' a sense of its hor
rors to arouse, not merely indignation
but active sympathy, a girl came to
America, a personification of the help
lessbeaeuty and innocence upon which
the brutal Turk has been inflicting the
most terrible indignities, outrages,
and suffering anywhere recorded in
Her name is Aurora Marignanian.
She is one of the Christian girls who
survived the massacres of the Ar-.
.Sil., r- she is the most pathetic am
bassadress in history.
This girl is 1.7, who pleads for a
nartyre I people, will not go away
empty-handed. Its benevolent activi
ties will cover America. No "drive"
ever more,thrillingly'touched the heart
strings and the purse strings of a
Behind the American Committee
for Armenian and Syrian relief Wvhich
is conducting a nation-wide movement
to raise a great fund are names of
former President Taft, former am
bassador to Turkey Morganthau, Chas.
E. Huges, Cardinal Gibbons, Bishop
Greer, Rabbi Wise, Cleveland H. i.
Dodge, and many other prominent
Americans. James L. Barton is chair
man. The committee and its helpers
are working in full reclization of the
stupendous calamity which has occa
sioned its labors and the dread dan-,
ger that lurks in the situation it is
A new and thrilling method of con-,
y Adrora Mar
digannian has been taken by the com
Aurora's story, and that of the Ar-.
menian massacres and deportations
which she witnesser, have been elabor
ately filmed and the tremendous spec-'
tacle will soon, be presented in the
leading cities of this country.
It is the complete story of "Ravish
Linking the scenes of the stupend
ous dramatization of a national tra-'
gedy is.the personal narrative of the
girl upon whose slendLA z:houlders has
been thrust the tremendous re-ponsi
bility of saving millions of her peo
pile from starvation and death.
Aurora Mardiganian lived through
three years ofs Turkish enslavement-,
s ew women 'lfthethis
tioryf othe world have suffered. Death
confronted her time and again-and
in a dozen different forms. Only a
*miracle could save her. And yet, each
time, that miracle~ was wrought. It
seems as if some h';her power had
destined her to live so that she might
come to America and make her -e
markable appeael for help for theK
people of her race.
Aurora Mardiganian, the only wo
*man~ who ever escaped from the clutch
es of the Turks, same to this coun
try not for the selfish purpose of es
--caping further torture. Her visit was.
a mission-perhaps the most respon
sible a woman ever was a,sked to rep
resent. This frail, delicate girl of 17,
samae as the unofficial ambassadress of.:
4,000,000 people with this pathetic
"Armenian needs your help as nev-.
er before in all its tragic history."
And then Aurora Mar iiganian told;
the story of her life-an<d the story of1
Armenian; the nation that knows no'
capital; that knows no flag;that knows
no government other than that of Tur
key, which, for centuries has tried to
Sefface Armenians from the earth.
The recital of Aurora Mardizanan
of her own frightful experiences; of
the pitiless massacres of Armienians
men aund boys-of the ceremonies of
apostasy by which~ the hst of Turkish1
officials was nermitted to fasten upon
the flower of Armenian womanhood;
of the slaughter trape set in Devil's
Gorge: of the human 'lave market; of
the pitiless plight oi Armenian refu
gees lost in the trackless wastes of the
Syrian desert-all has been chronicled:
! n the newspapers of this countri.
When the final chapter of the piti
igly frank story of this beautiful lit
tIe Christian girl had been penned, j
thousands of Americans, awakened to
the plight of Armenia, insisted:
"Aurora Mardiganian's story should
not die; it is one that should live and]
,be told in pictures."
The demand has been answered with
"ravished Armenia: the Story of Au-;
rora Mardiganian"-a masterpiece in
film production. It is a photoplay that
abounds with dramatic situation ; that
pictures the Turks as hey never before
have been pictured; that re-acts their
murderous deeds; that shows harem
scenes that Aurora Mardiganian saw
with her own eyes; that shows slave
markets where women were sold into;
slavery for sums frequently far un-K
der one dollar.
-he auspices of the American Commit- r
-ee for Armenian and Syrian Relief, t
wvill soon make its appearance in all t
he principal cities of the United c
The showing of this marvelous film
s in connection w9h the work of the e
ommittee and their attempt to save.
rom starvation the 3,950,000 sufferers r
n the Near East. It will visualize t
For the people of America the story of s
he tragic suffering of the people of a
Armenia during these past years of,,
:he war. The first release of the film
xvill be made in connection with the:
;ommittee's drive for $30,000,000 Jan. t
L2 to 19.
"Ravished Armenia" is a film play
hat was produced by masters in the c
;creen from a scenario by Nora Wain. I
rhe cast includes some of the most t
Famous stars. The staging was per
iaps as elaborate as tha of any photo
play in recent years. The story of
'Ravished Armenia" is bulit around
:he story of Aurora Mardiganian, who
lays a part-and plays it wonderful
Ly well, because her role in his play
s not acting; it is vividly re-living
some of the tragic incidents of her
The story has its real opening in the
Little Armenian town of T- hmesh
jedzak, where Aurora MaLUganian
Nas born and where she spent the
irst fourteen years of her life in com
.arative happiness. Her father was
prosperous merchant in the little
ity that had its origin 800 years be
ore the Christian era.
Aurora, a remarkably pretty child,
ylossomed eaerly into girlhood, and,
it the age of 14, was regarded as the c
>elle of the village. To every girl
;uch a distinction usually brings hap
iness and armiration. But to Au
-ora Maridgination it brought misfor
;une and eventual suffering that al
nost beggar description.
Passet Pacha, ruler of Techmesh
3edzak, saw Aurora Mardiganian one
lay in 1915-and at onse there came:
:o him the desire to add this little
1hristian girl to his harem. He went
;o the father of Aurora and made
mown his base desire. The father, I
"I want your daughter-and I shall
iave her" was the parting remark of
Paset Pacha. r
Just about this time the official edict t
vas published which ruled that evern
Armenian on Turkish soil should be
leported. It was an order that ev
ry minor Turkish official proceeded 1
;o obey with fiendish thoroughness. Itl
neaent that there had come to all of
hese officials governmental sanction 1
: kill all Armenians, loot their homes
avage their towns and ravish theire
avage their towns and ravish their
And to no other Turkish ojcial didt
he edict appeal as a greater source of
oy than to Passet Pacha. Ordering t
us soldiers t oseize the father and the b
ldest brother of Aurora Mardiganian',
;his ojcial at once ordered them taken
Lway. The parting of the Mardigan
an family farms one of the most pa
~hetic scenes in "Ravished Armenia."
['he father and his oldest son are ruth
essly taken from their families-and
;he parting perhaps is forever. It
s more than three years since this in
~ident took place and Aurora has de-.
ded every possible enerby in an ef- a
*ort to get trace of her father and
No sooner had the father of Auroraa
ardiganian been whisked away than
he, her mother, her older sister and h
ounger brothers were seized and
nade a part of Passet Pacha's band. h
rhe Turkish leader and his men, af
:er looting and pillaging Techmesh
edzak, murdered the men and s1any
f the boys-and then marched away;
:o loot and pillage other Armenian
And they took with the mAurora
1ardiganian, her mother and sister,
md all the other women andl girls of*
'he viilna-e. and were forced to sub
it ot nmspeakable horrors at the
lands of Passet Pacha and his fa
-ored lieutenants. The woe and the
rirls who refused were beaten and.
im in"r taht long march mnany of them
lied from their wounds. The whole
al deportation of the Armenian peo-'
le are vidily shown.e
The scenes of "Ravished Armenia"
:hen carry the auditor along with Au
-ora Mardiganian to various Armen
an c'ities where giginantic massacres :
Aurora Mardiganian was forced to a
vitness all these inhuman acts and e
vas herself a victim of their cruelty. a
ler very beauty made her the object l*
if Turkish passions and she was sing- r
ed out to endure to the absolute limit
>f human endurance. For sormething P
ike a year this frail girl remained1
tcaptive, and finally, clad only in a C
w rags, bruised and scarre:1. pale
md wan from the privation that she F
iad endured, was auctioned off for
The scenes of "Ravished Armenia"~ b
hen carry along the story of the
uffri:g Armenian people and of Au- F
-cra Marditanian to the time when
;he fell into the hands of Kehmal
aarry her and make her her a legi
imate wife, if she would renounce
he Christian religion and adopt that
f Mohammed. For a long time she
eliberated, before answering.
"I cannot decide until I have talk
d to my mother. Bring her to me
nd let me talk to her. If she tells
ie it is right to renounce the Chris
ian religion, I will do so. If she
ays no, then I will not renounce it
nd you may kill me as you threat
The mother and the sister and the
rothers of Aurora Mardiganian, with
h excection of the older brother
ere brought to the little town where
.urora was a captive. The scene that
epicts the temporary uniting of this
art of the Mardiganian family is one
ense with emotion.
When Aurora told her mother the
roposition, of Kehmal Effendi, the
iother shrieked her -answer:
"No! No! Do not give up your
The words hardly had come from
er mouth when the Turkish murder
s, acting under orders from Kehmel
fendi, beat the mother to death be
ore Aurora's eyes. A younger broth
r of Aurora, witnessing the scene
nd made hysterical by the horror of
, started to run away. A Turk with
long bull whip swung it at the boy
rith merciless precision. The huge,
harp lash cracked around the .head
f the boy and fractured his skull. He
Attered-then fell dead.
The older sister of Aurora Mardi
anian incurred the displeaesure of
he Turks and was thrown over a
liff and impaled on bayonets. That
ras a form of death-dealing torture
rhich the Turks indulged in when
andling "stubborn women-" a bit
f fiendishness that seemed to give
iem extreme pleasure.
"Ravished Armenian" then carries
n to the time when Aurora Mardiga
ian was placed in prison. A shep
erd who came along discovered her
light and at the risk of his own life,
berated her. Freed at last, Aurora
ttempted to escape from Turkey,but
-here could she go?
The cities were peopled by Turks;
iey ruled in the villages; the Turks
ere e'verywhere-but in the vast Sy
ian desert. And into this arid waste
is little Christian girl wandered,
,ere to live for nearly a year, sus
ining life by eating shrubs, grass
nd roots. She walked more than
400 miles in her wanderings and,when
t last she emerged from the desert,
ate ruled that it was to be at a point
'here an army of Russian troops were
de point of death from her suffer
1g, Aurora Mardiganian stumbled in
> camp-and there fell exhausted.
indly Russians cared for her and
ae commander of the army, a mem
er of the Imperial House of Rus
ia, listened to her story. Soon af
rward Aurora, through the kindly
ifluence of the Russians, was brought
ito contact with Gen. Andranik, the
reat Armenian patriot.
When General Andranik had lis
ned to the full recital of Aurora
[ardiganian's story, he said to her:
"My little girl, you, among all the
'omen of Armenian are destined to
ct as its savior. You have lived thro'
xperiences such as no women has
ver endured before. Go to America
nd tell them there how we have suf
red. Tell them your story and per
aps the generous hearts of Ameri
ins will open and they will send us
elp before our race is completely ef
iced from the earth."
And so Aurora Mardiganian came to
merica to mnake her appeal. Her
:ory is graphically depicted in "Ray
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