A scene in Ourfa. (Source: Service historique de la Défense, Vincennes)

Ourfa - Song and dance

Houshamadyan hereby presents a new podcast dedicated to Ourfa and its once-vibrant Armenian life. All of the photographs presented here are old photographs from Ourfa, and the Armenian song that accompanies the podcast is also from the repertoire of the city. The podcast was prepared by Silvina Der Meguerditchian and Karin León Henneberg. The song, accompanied by the oud, is performed by Harout Chval-Yertanian (Harout Bartanian).

Photographic materials used in the podcast

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1. A scene in Ourfa (Source: Service historique de la Défense, Vincennes)

2. Ourfa, seen from the castle, ca 1919-1920 (Source: photograph by Father Gabriel Bretocq, Archives départementales de l’Eure. Fonds Gabriel Bretocq)

3. Ourfa. The large structure in the center is the Holy Virgin Armenian Church (Source: Michel Paboudjian collection, Paris)

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1.Ourfa, in the Armenian neighborhood (Source: Michel Paboudjian collection, Paris)

2. A scene from the market of Ourfa, ca 1919-1920 (Source: Photograph by Father Gabriel Bretocq. Archives départementales de l’Eure. Fonds Gabriel Bretocq)

3. Ourfa: The carpentry workshop of the German mission. In the center (first row, at the right of the table), Krikor Tashdjian (Source: Michel Paboudjian collection, Paris)

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1.Ourfa: The carpentry workshop of the German mission's orphanage. A wooden scale model home built by orphans is shown in the photograph (Source: Der Christliche Orient, 1912, 13. Jahrgang, Heft 1, Verlag der Deutschen Orient-Mission, Potsdam)

2.Tailoring workshop in Ourfa's German orphanage, where Armenian orphan girls learn the trade (Source: Der Christliche Orient, März 1909, X., Heft 3., Verlag der Deutschen Orient-Mission, Potsdam)

3.Ourfa, the German orphanage. Armenian orphans at play (Source: Der Christliche Orient, Juli 1902, III, 7. Heft, Berlin)