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Inscription on the vault of Missak Manouchian, who has been resting in the Pantheon since February 21, 2024.

He was not shot to dying on the age of 37, as historians and authorities mentioned throughout his pantheonization on February 21, 2024. Missak Manouchian died on the age of 34, as a result of he was not born on the 1er September 1906, however three years later, in 1909, the 12 months of the massacres perpetrated in Adana (Cilicia), an Ottoman province neighboring the birthplace of the younger Armenian, Adiyaman, a tragedy which introduced the genocide to return, that of the First World War.

This was the invention made on February 22, the day after the pantheonization, by a member of the Manouchian household, whereas visiting the exhibition “Living to die”, organized on the event of the tribute to the immigrant resistance fighters of the Second World War within the crypt of the Pantheon. Between a shadowing diagram of Special Brigade 2 and a few of the final letters of the convicts are exhibited three of the ten handwritten notebooks of Missak Manouchian, stored on the Museum of Art and Literature in Yerevan, and found in May 2023 by Katia Guiragossian, great-niece of Mélinée Manouchian, companion of the younger resistance fighter. They had been loaned by the Yerevan Museum for the exhibition.

These notebooks, diaries and memos had been half written in Armenian, and the interpretation work was by no means undertaken, defined Katia Guiragossian to World. This February 22, they got here underneath the attention of Hasmik Manouchian for the primary time, great-granddaughter of Haïk (elder brother of Missak Manouchian). She speaks Armenian and, behind the window, she deciphers, fascinated, the few traces famous by Missak Manouchian on a web page opened at random.

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“I don’t remember a moment of peace in my life, writes the young stateless person, just arrived in Paris. I have always been in a struggle with myself. I am 25 years old and I would like to understand where this turbulent life will end. I would like to give myself up but it seems that a stone has been placed on my heart. Material and moral concerns follow one another. Where will this turbulent life take me? The dearest wish of my life was to devote myself to art, but here I am thrown into political and militant struggle and I am not at peace with myself. I have been entrusted with the responsibility of publishing a periodical, but I am going to explode and I wonder if I will be able to remain a poet (…) journalism will kill me, it will turn me upside down. »

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Getting older to find work

Hasmik Manouchian carefully reads these lines, written, according to the notebook, in February 1935. If he was then 25 years old, as he writes, the author has therefore aged three years! “ We knew it, In fact, We explains, Wednesday March 6, Hasmik Manouchian. There generation of children of the genocide did not open up, did not speak, but the family always heard that Uncle Missak would have aged several years. It is also told in a book by an Armenian author, Tigran Drampyan”, she provides. This time, the proof is there.

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