The cradle of the Gorgisyan clan was the city of Sghert in the Bitlis province of Western Armenia, where Movses’ grandfather Sami Chavush was born. In 1915, during the genocide against Armenians, he became a freedom fighter: He was one of the organizers of the self-defense of his hometown, participating in many battles, including the battle of Sardarapat.
He is said to have rescued nearly a hundred Armenian girls from their Turkish oppressors, the last of whom, Veronika, became his wife and Movses’ grandmother. The migration routes took Movses’ ancestors to Egypt. In Cairo, there was a cafeteria called “Comrade Samuel’s Coffee House”, which became a meeting place where Armenians gathered every evening after work.
During the Genocide, Movses’ mother’s Attarian clan was also deported from historic Cilicia to the Middle East. After the Second World War, in 1947, Moussa’s mother Alice, born in Aleppo, and his father Gevorg, born in Cairo, arrived in the first caravan with hundreds of thousands of patriotic Armenians. However, by the decision of the Soviet authorities, they were classified as undesirable elements of society and deported to the Altai region. There Movses’ parents met and married and had two children, Samvel and Araks. After Stalin’s death, the Gorgisian family was allowed to return to their homeland and settle in Yerevan. On December 3, 1961, Movses, the youngest of the family, was born. Movses was three years old when his father died from the many illnesses he had acquired in exile.
The Sumgayit massacre in February 1988 proved that it was not necessary to rely on the Soviet army, but to have one’s own military units. It was necessary to arm and be ready to defend against harassment from neighboring states. “Self-defense is the sacred right of a nation,” Moves said.
He believed that first of all it was necessary to conscript Armenian men, train them in weapons, organize military exercises, and then fix the foundation of the Armenian National Army. However, events developed so fast that there was no time to create an army, aggression began on the borders and it was necessary to create volunteer units.
Movses became the founder of the “Armenian National Army” and “Independence Army” detachments.
Suggested the idea and helped in ideological and organizational matters, as well as in the procurement of weapons and equipment.
The unarmed Armenians were first armed with spirit, and then with weapons.On January 18, 1990, it became known that the situation had sharply escalated in the border zone of Nakhichevan, Ararat region.Azerbaijani militants continuously shelled Armenian settlements from the adjacent height:There were casualties and wounded among the civilian population.To neutralize the growing threat, self-defense detachments raced to Yeraskhavan.That day Moses got sick and had a fever.There was a lot of work, but there was no time for recovery, food, or sleep.Yeraskhavan’s struggle was the first battle of the “independence army”, and against the Soviet Army.
Duty called, Movses. who had something to say and do for his people, an eternal 28-year-old ideological warrior, took up arms to deliver his message to sanctified generations. He went into battle, for victory…
Realizing who is behind the Armenian-Azerbaijani provocations and what purpose they pursue, on January 19, 1990, the last word of Moses was heard on Yerashavan Hill. “Can’t you see it’s a game?”.
Facing the high mountain where the enemy was stationed, supported by Soviet detachments, he walked angrily and said something with his hands.
The provocation ended and it was necessary to go back.A bullet found him on the way back.The hero who died defending the Motherland was buried on the top of Tsitsernakaberd next to the Eternal Flame of the memorial complex commemorating the victims of the Genocide against Armenian.Movses Gorgisyan led the Armenian people to a free, independent Armenia, inheriting the dream of a united Armenia for future generations.Thanks to his unwavering will and moral principles, Gorgisyan became a leader.God, nation, Homeland -this is the credo of Movses.
A man who has trained thousands of people with his short life and has become a guide for generations to live and act in Armenian