Neither to Laugh Nor to Weep: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide
Cambridge, Massachusetts: Armenian Heritage Press, 1986, second edition, 206 pages. ISBN 0-935411-01-1.
"Thus the thousands who had given themselves over to the hands of the bloodthirsty were driven out to the desert slaughterhouses. The remainder, crushed, pale, hopeless, were left in the city to await their fury. It was no more a secret that the annihilation of the nation had been determined."
The memoirs of Abraham Hartunian, an Armenian Evangelical clergyman who ministered in Turkey in Zeytoon, Marash, and Smyrna from 1906 to 1922, saw his people reduced to scattered and ragged remnants. The theme throughout these memoirs is not an angry wish for revenge or a desire to open old wounds. Instead, the quiet voice of Reverend Hartunian offers a profound warning: when governments forget that they are dealing with human beings, not abstract problems, the results can be horribly inhuman.