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I was delighted to receive the urgent request of the publishers asking me to write an introduction to the English version of the Khent The Fool of Raffi translated by Jane S Wingate This request I accepted with pleasure For the translation into English of a choice number of masterpieces of Armenian literature ancient and modern has been one of my fondest dreams I believe that we the Armenians of America Owe a great debt of gratitude to this glorious country the United States of America under whose protective wings we have been enjoying peace prosperity happiness and unlimited opportunities for growth in culture material wealth and creativeness In fact we are all refugees of political persecution We have found here a haven of safety after having been tortured mentally morally and at almost regular intervals physically at the hands of our merciless rulers in Turkey And some of us owe our very existence to the generous philanthropy of the American people who have come to our aid and snatched from the claws of death our half dead and buried bodies from the burning sands of the Arabian desert where our age-long persecutors the inexorable Turkish authorities had driven us during the dark days of the First World War with the flimsy excuse that we were in sympathy with the Allied cause We enjoy now in America The Land of Liberty and The Home of the Brave a cultural democracy the likc of which is not found anywhere in the world on such a vast scale To this cultural heritage every race has contributed something worthwhile from its precious spiritual resources This fact explains why America is blessed more than any other country with an incomparably rich culture and a way of life which is a shining example of unity wrought in a framework of diversity and heterogeneity This wonderful national unity and like-mindedness is not brought about by extraneous pressures but by a subtle
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