YEREVAN (ArmRadio)--The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (AGMI) recently revealed a rare photograph that documents the massacres of the Armenian population of Mush, one of the many historic Armenian provinces decimated during Ottoman Turkey's Genocide of the Armenians in 1915-1923.
The photo, acquired by the AGMI recently, was taken by Russian soldiers on the Caucasus front in 1915. It portrays the remains of the Armenian villagers who were burned alive during the massacres of Mush.
The one of a kind photo is well preserved and was found in a photo album of genocide refugees, published in Tiflis in 1917. The album contains 62 unique photos that document the Armenian Genocide. Only a few of the original 62 have survived and most of them are in dire conditions, with the Mush photo being surprisingly well preserved.
On the back of the picture is a quote in Russian that says: “Armenians burnt alive in Sheykhalan by Turkish soldiers.” The photo is also marked with the number 74, which indicates the existence of a larger collection of photographs captured by Russian soldiers during World War I.
The AGMI has been collecting and cataloging photos documenting the Armenian Genocide with the aim of constructing a complete picture of the first genocide of the 20th century.