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Resisting GenocideThe Multiple Forms of Rescue$
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Jacques Semelin, Claire Andrieu, and Sarah Gensburger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199333493

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333493.001.0001

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Beatrice Rohner's Work in the Death Camps of Armenians in 1916

Beatrice Rohner's Work in the Death Camps of Armenians in 1916

(p.367) 22 Beatrice Rohner's Work in the Death Camps of Armenians in 1916
Resisting Genocide

Hans-Lukas Kieser

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on an outside actor who relied on a network of local complicity to effectively rescue more than a thousand children during the Armenian genocide of 1915. That actor is Beatrice Rohner (1876–1947), a Swiss woman who stayed in Aleppo from December 1915 to April 1917 and participated in international efforts to help the hundreds of thousands of Armenians who had survived the ‘removal’ from Anatolia to the death camps of Northern Syria. This chapter presents a biographical perspective to highlight how Rohner's actions saved over a thousand children sheltered in an Aleppo orphanage in Syria. After outlining Rohner's life, including her experience in Aleppo, it analyses the role of her pietistic spirituality in rescue work and beyond.

Keywords:   rescue, children, genocide, Beatrice Rohner, Aleppo, Armenians, death camps, Syria, orphanage, spirituality

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