Born in Van in 1889.
In 1910 Vanig was a law student in Constantinople when he, along
with two other students, established a youth organisation to
educate and prepare the new Armenian generation for the ranks of
the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party, where they would help out
fellow Armenians in need, anyway possible. Within a few months the
organisation was publishing "Gaidz" and Vanig contributed to it as
a member of the editorial staff and as columnist analysing
ideological points pertaining to Armenians in Constantinople and
Vanig is credited for the "Gaidzian Generation", a generation of
students, all educated on ideological and revolutionary issues, in
turn this set the intellectual path of the Social Democrat
Hunchakian Party chapters in Constantinople until the Genocide and
throughout the world after the Genocide. Throughout the 20th
century "Gaidz" Youth Organisation was and is an important
Armenian youth movement in the United States:- Worcester,
Providence, New York, Los Angeles and Fresno in particular.
On July 1914, Vanig was arrested by Turkish authorities along with
a large group of other Hunchaks, 140 in all, of which 119 were
released and 1 escaped.
On June 15, 1915 he was hanged in Bayazid square in Constantinople
along with his close party friends and colleagues.
Constantinople's Armenian community was ravaged by terror of April
24 at the time of the hanging of the "Twenty Hunchaks", Armenians
were in no condition to retaliate, not even to protest the