Yerukhan (Yervant Srmakeshkhanlian) (1870-1915)
Yerukhan was born in 1870, in Khasgyugh (Constantinople). He received his preliminary education from the Nersessian institution situated in the neighborhood, after which he studied at National Central School, where Minas Cheraz was his teacher and the principal.
Thanks to his tireless reading, he improved his French and started to read the works of realist writers.
In 1890, he started to work for the newspaper “East” and simultaneously wrote literary and critical articles for “Massis” and other newspapers.
During the massacres of 1896, he relocated to Bulgaria, where he continued to work for the newspapers “Byzantium”, “Zhamanak” and “Anahit”, and took charge of editing “Shavigh” bi-weekly and the newspaper “Sharzhum”. In 1904, he moved to Egypt, where, together with Byurat, he edited the “Sissuan” monthly and continued working for “Lusaber” after Arpiarian.
After the proclamation of the Ottoman Constitution, he returned to Constantinople, where he took charge of editing the newspaper “East”, taught Armenian at National Central School, and then worked as an Inspector at St. Cross School of Skyutar. In 1913, he moved to Kharberd, and took the position of the school principal.
In April 1915, he was arrested, imprisoned and killed.
His works are “The Lord’s Daughter”, “Little Sep’s Story”, “The Exhausted”, “The Washerwoman”, “The Thief”, “Description of a Despaired”, “Serina”, “Water Carrier of Dead”, “Instead of Fish”, “Supreme Forgiveness”, “Atonement”, “The Vengeance of a Dumb” and so on.