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Dr. Racho Donef (honorary Assyrian)

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Dr. Racho Donef − author, historian, and human rights activist.

Racho Donef was born in Istanbul, Turkey, where he completed his high school education.  He migrated to Australia in the 1980s.  He studied Languages and Sociology for his Bachelor of Arts degree, and after completing a Master's degree in Sociology, he went to Sweden and studied for a Diploma in the Social Sciences, at the University of Stockholm.  When he returned to Australia, he embarked upon a doctoral thesis in Anthropology, focusing on Greeks, Assyrians, Armenians and Kurds.  He conducted research in both Australia and Sweden for the thesis and interviewed survivors of the Armenian genocide.

After completing his doctoral thesis, he concentrated on the Assyrian Genocide: he participated in research projects, produced a number of papers and gave several lectures on the topics.  Dr. Racho Donef published a number of articles in Greek, Turkish and English related to the Assyrian genocide and minorities in Turkey.  He has also published several books.  His most recent book Assyrians post-Nineveh: conflict, identity, fragmentation and survival: A study of Assyrogenous communities was a culmination of many years of study of Assyrian history.

He worked at both the Federal and NSW State Public Services for many years.  He has also been tutoring at the Workers’ Education Association, where he mainly taught subjects related to Middle Eastern religions and politics, as well as the Turkish language.

Dr. Racho Donef — author, historian, and human rights activist — is an academic scholar who continues to bring clarity to important Assyrian-related topics in society and culture.



  1. Dr. Racho Donef ― author, historian, human rights activist
  2. The Pontian Genocide: The continuous cycle of violence and massacres
  3. The struggle for a free Assyria
    Documents on the Assyro-Chaldean Delegation's Political and Diplomatic Efforts, 1920-21 Vol. I
  4. The Hakkâri Massacres
    Ethnic Cleansing by Turkey 1924-25
  5. Assyrians post-Nineveh
    identity, fragmentation, conflict, and survival (672 BC - 1920)
    A study of Assyrogenous communities
  6. Assyria Conference 2013: Dr. Racho Donef (video)
  7. Genocide of the Assyrians in the Ottoman Empire (video)
  8. 2001: USA, California, San Jose: Assyrian Genocide Conference
  9. 1914-15: An Ottoman report related to incidents in Turco-Persian borders in 1914-15
  10. 1915: Righteous Muslims during the Genocide of 1915
  11. The Shemsi and the Assyrians
  12. The Assyrian Genocide and Article 312 of the Turkish Penal Code: the case of an Assyrian Priest in Turkey (1)
  13. Massacres and Deportation of Assyrians in Northern Mesopotamia
    Ethnic Cleansing by Turkey 1924-1925
  14. Assyrians in Turkey: Ethnic and Religious Recognition Revisited
  15. Assyrians in Turkey: Ethnic and Religious Recognition Revisited
  16. The Assyrian Genocide and Article 312 of the Turkish Penal Code: the case of an Assyrian Priest in Turkey (1)
  17. Interviews with Survivors of the Armenian Genocide
  18. Interviews with Survivors of the Armenian Genocide
  19. 1923: Agha Petros and the Lausanne Telegraphs
  20. 1915: The Deportation of the Assyrians in Ottoman Documents
  21. 1923: Agha Petros and the Lausanne Telegraphs
  22. 1915: The Deportation of the Assyrians in Ottoman Documents
  23. Symposium Syriacum VIII & The Assyrian Genocide Seminar
  24. Symposium Syriacum VIII & The Assyrian Genocide Seminar
  25. The Political Role of the Turkish Orthodox Patriarchate (so-called)
  26. 'And now the Syrianis (Assyrians)'
  27. Assyrians May Be Recognized as a Minority in Turkey
  28. Assyrians May Be Recognized as a Minority in Turkey
  29. Europe watched
  30. 'Lies in Turkish': Turkish Denial of Genocide
  31. Turkish National Security Council's report on the Assyrians
  32. Turkish State Security Council (SSC) Commissioned a Report on the Assyrians
  33. Syriani (Assyrian) Report to the SSC (State Security Council)
  34. Turkish National Security Council's report on the Assyrians
  35. 1916: The Abolition of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia
  36. 1909: Ottoman Document Archives Related to the Adana Massacres
  37. 'And now the Syrianis', (Simdi de Süryaniler)
  38. 1914: The Hellenic Genocide in the Danish Archives
  39. 1909: Ottoman Document Archives Related to the Adana Massacres
  40. ‘Lies in Turkish’
  41. The Hellenic Genocide in the Danish Archives
  42. Assyrians in Turkey: Disappearance of a Culture?
  43. Requiem for the Assyrians
  44. The Assyrians in the Christian Asia Minor Holocaust
  45. Symposium Syriacum VIII & The Assyrian Genocide Seminar

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