Azerbaijan, Baku, March 29 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
On the eve of March 31, Day of genocide of Azerbaijanis, with support of the Ministry of National Security published a book-album by Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Solmaz Rustamova-Tohidi "1918. Massacres of Azerbaijanis in the photographs and documents" was published, the center of Public Relations of the Ministry of National Security (MNS) told Trend on Thursday.
Chief consultant of the book-album is chairman of the State Commission of Azerbaijan on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons, Eldar Mahmudov, science editor - Doctor of Philosophy in History Mammad Jafarli.
The book-album for the first time presented to the public rare, previously thought for many years to be lost fact sheets about the genocide committed against the Azerbaijani people bu Dashnak-Bolshevik armed associations in March and subsequent months of 1918. This documentary collection attracts attention by its uniqueness in terms of coverage of little-known page of history massacres of Azerbaijani people committed in 1918 and the struggle for independence and freedom.
The book, which is a new publication from the series of materials about the March genocide of Azerbaijanis in 1918, reflects facts established by the Extraordinary Commission of Inquiry set up by the Government of Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan to investigate the killings and massacres carried out against the Muslim population in the South Caucasus and its property, but not preserved in the archives of Azerbaijan.
With the support of MNS in 2009 a book by Solmaz Rustamova-Tahidi "Baku. March 1918. Pogroms of Azerbaijanis" and in 2010 - "Guba. In 1918, April-May. Pogroms of Muslims in the documents" were published.
This edition features rare photographs, showing the tragic fate of tens of thousands of compatriots who were killed in March and July 1918 in Baku and Shamakhi, including settlements and Shamakhi and Gekchay. The book also contains material on the state of property of the Muslim population after the pogroms and destruction.
Photos, reflected in the book were presented in the 1919 by Azerbaijani delegation to the participants in the Paris Peace Conference, as well as the heads of several foreign countries. 102 of these photo documents, fate of which was unknown for more than 90 years, were found in the archives of foreign countries and acquired. The book-album also includes documents of the Extraordinary Commission of Inquiry relevant to these materials.
The book-album "1918. Massacres of Azerbaijanis in the photographs and documents," was published in Turkish, English and Russian, which deserves respect from the standpoint of promoting the realities of Azerbaijan.
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