“I killed a person, but I am not a murderer,” said Soghomon Tehlirian, who killed Taleat Pasha, one of the controllers of the Ottoman Empire.
102 years and we still do remember, we still do demand. 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. We remember, we demand. And the only person who did do the Armenian’s revenge. It was Tehlirian, the proud Armenian, who shot in the head Taleat Pasha, one of four organizers of Armenian Genocide.
Tehlirian was an Armenian-American born in Western Armenia, who then went to Serbia. Coming back to Armenia during the Genocide, he took part in the Nemesis movement. Being a member of Armenian Revolutionary Federation, he was tasked to kill Taleat Pasha: that’s where he was lucky. In 1921 he shot Taleat in the head in Berlin and then was imprisoned. Soon, set free in the same year, he moved to Belgrade. After living there for several years, Tehlirian moved to Morocco, then to theUSA, where he died in 1960.
Tehlirian’s life story is way much longer, but this is where he does the most unforgettable, the most important and the most expected for the Armenians. Tehlirian killed a person, but he is not a murderer.
We remember, we do demand.