Zohrab was born in 1861, in Constantinople, Peshiktash quarter. The father -
was from average layers of a society, the mother -Eftik Hanum was very clever
woman. Initial education
Grighor has received in a local grammar school Makruyan.
In 1870 after death of the father the mother in second time has
married with the famous lawyer and
Grighor with the brother have appeared in Ortagjugh quarter, in a smart
apartment of the stepfather. Here Grighor has done the first creative attempts. He wrote poems, compositions.
1876 Zohrab has entered in the sole higher
educational institution in Turky in that time - in Liceum Kalatasara, which
has opened in 1868 under protection of the French government and direct
supervision of the French ambassador in Constantinople.
Here Zohrab studied engineering business. He with excellent knowledge has
1880 Zohrab was entered to work in the lawyer office of the stepfather as
secretary. Simultaneously he has entered in the law faculty of Kalatasara. But
soon Liceum was closed.
1881 in Turky has opened a new higher educational institution - Hugug. Zohrab
has continued study in Hugug. Here he studied two years, then has left study,
not having taken the diploma. In1884, in Edirne city has passed examinations and
has taken the diploma of the lawyer.
young creator has entered into a
literary field due to acquaintance with the editor Nikogojos Tjulpenchyan and
becomes the employee of his newspaper ,, Lragir. He was only 17, but he was
showed as the person anxious by destiny of people
1880 Zohrab does the first proof steps in publicism, becoming the member of
literary movement, which was headed already by the known young writer and
publicist Arpiar Arpiaryan. Zohrab became the active figure of this movement.
1885 in the magazine "Erkragund" ("Earth") Zohrab has
published the first novel - " The missed generation "
1888 Zohrab married with Clara Yutuchyan. In August 1889 the senior son Lewon,
in January 1891 - daughter Dolores, in 1892- younger sons Aram and in July 1896
- younger daughter Hermine were born.
the writer and publicist Zohrab became known in 1887-1893 years. Then after long
silence, since 1898, Zohrab again has entered into a literary field. This time
as the known and deserved writer and public figure.
1909 and 1911 Zohrab issued the short stories - small on the sizes, but with the
rich contents real creations of art - in three books: " Sounds of pity
" (1909), " The life as is " (1911), " Silent pains
years for western Armenians (living in Turkey) were severe. Have begun and till
1896 mass murders of the Armenians proceeded. All progressive Armenian figures
were compelled to leave Turkey and to be based in Europe and Egypt. In this
period of national spiritual recession Zohrab has departed
from the literature and actively was engaged in lawyer businesses and
important legal proceedings.
the advocate, Zohrab was especially known for the foreign citizen, because
perfectly knew French and frequently protected their rights in the First Trade
Courts of Turkey.
was the interpreter and lawyer - adviser of embassy of Russia in Turkey. This
circumstance entitled Zohrab to conduct courts of the Russian citizens and
freely to move in Europe.
1892 the literary political magazine "Masis"
was published . The editor was Zohrab. In 1893 magazines was closed.
1898 "Masis" was
published as the daily newspaper. The editor again was Zohrab. For him the rich
creative period began again.
Zohrab was engaged in lawyer business. But in 1906 according to the decree of
the minister of Justice Zohrab was forbidden to practice law. The reason became
the judicial protection of one Bulgarian revolutionary.
July 1908 in Turkey the Constitution of 1876 was restored. In all empire passed
meetings, demonstration of solidarity, brotherhood and equality.
this time Zohrab was in Paris. There he issued the book in French ( on low),
hoped to find work by the speciality, and for the future planned with family to
move in Egypt.
once after declaration of the Constitution Zohrab with hopes and optimism has
1908 Zohrab was elected by the deputy of Turkish Parliament. He actively
participated in all parliamentary discussions, achieved to the acceptance of the
fair laws. He spoke about himself: " I am the defence counsel for the
was dear and influential person both in national and in general public -
political and cultural life of Turkey.
was the deputy of the Armenian National Assembly, by which in 1914 was lifted
the question on the Armenian reforms in Turkey, according to the decision of the
Berlin Congress of 1878
January in Constantinopole the contract between Russia and Turkey about the
Armenian reforms was signed. The participation Zohrab in this business was
The War began and agreement has
remained on a paper. For Turkey the ideal conditions for realization Genoside of
the Armenians were created. In one night (24-th of April) in Constantinopole
hundred representatives of the Armenian elite - doctors, lawyers, teacher,
writers and so on, was arrested. Zohrab has tried to release innocent in
anything the Armenians. He has addressed to the important state persons of
Turkey, with some of which he was in the close relations, including with the
minister of Internal affairs Talaat Pasha, with the Speaker of Parliament Sajid
Halim Pasha. All of them have given positive, encouraging answers.
Zohrab was arrested too. To him, as other Armenians in Turkey the same destiny
July, 1915 Grighor Zohrab was brutally killed by the turkish villains.