Category «People»

Monument To Exemplary Communist Ghukas Ghukasyan – 1935

Monument To Exemplary

Few people know that in the Soviet years, the monument to Ghukas Ghukasyan used to stand in Yerevan. At the age of 18, Ghukas joined the Communist Party. Three years later, he was killed by the Dashnaks during the May uprising. The May Uprising was an armed rebellion of the pro-communist forces against the government …

Karen Maria Petersen – Witness To The Armenian Genocide

Karen Maria Petersen

Many missionaries who have dedicated their lives to saving Armenian women and children became witnesses to the Armenian Genocide. Among them were dedicated members of a Scandinavian missionary organization. We are talking about the Danish evangelical organization “Women’s Missionary Workers” (Kvindelige Missions Arbejdere, K.M.A.) founded in Copenhagen in 1900. The organization’s motto fully describes its …

This Is Who Patrick Devedjian Was

This Is Who Patrick Devedjian Was

In 1981, ASALA members occupied the Turkish Embassy in Paris and held more than 50 people hostage for 15 hours. Due to this, Patrick Devedjian withdrew from the mayoral election and chose to defend the four young Armenian ASALA members in court. Devedjian and his team made sure that the ASALA members be called “combatants” …

Garo “Spitak Arch” Kahkejian – Heroes of Armenia

Garo “Spitak Arch” Kahkejian

Garo Kahkejian, known as Spitak Arch (The White Bear), was a participant of the Artsakh War and the commander of the “Crusaders” volunteer unit. Garo Kahkejian was born on March 24, 1962, in the city of Aleppo, Syria. After graduating the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Frankfurt University of Engineering, Kahkejian moved to Fresno, California. …

Theodora – Armenian Empress Of Byzantium

Theodora – Armenian Empress Of Byzantium

Theodora was a Byzantine empress, the wife of the Byzantine emperor Theophilos, and the regent of her son Michael III in 842–855 after the death of Theophilos. Originally from Paphlagonia, Theodora was of Armenian aristocratic origin. Theodora is also known as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Her holiday is celebrated on February 11th. …

Svetlana Kasyan – From Refugee To Opera Diva

Svetlana Kasyan – From Refugee

Russian-Armenian opera singer and dramatic soprano Svetlana Kasyan is considered a sensation in the world of music, but her path to recognition was not easy. The interview below tells about the struggles of her family to overcome need and hunger. As Kasyan said: “I am from a poor family and I know what hunger is …

Mardik Martin – American Screenwriter Of Armenian Descent

Mardik Martin – American

Mardik Martin (September 16, 1934 – September 11, 2019) is an American screenwriter of Armenian descent. His screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” (1980) written with Paul Schrader has been listed by the Writers Guild of America in the “101 Greatest Screenplay of All Times” ranking. Mardik Martin was born in Iran and raised in …

First Armenian in America

First Armenian in America

For many immigrants from Iran, the issue of “belonging” in the United States is difficult because of the changing nature of the community in recent decades. Furthermore, the anti-Iranian stance taken by people of different political views after the 1979 Islamic Revolution is often based on the assertion that the Iranians are not a historical …

“Krunk” Of Komitas Performed By Montserrat Caballé

In the summer of 2013, world-famous Spanish operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé visited Artsakh and Armenia. The video below contains footage of the great singer’s visit to the two countries and her performance of Komitas’s song “Krunk”. Montserrat Caballé sang the “Krunk” of Komitas and became an Armenian, and we, shocked, listened and understood that there …

The Armenian Roots Of The British Royal Family

The Armenian Roots

A post titled “Princess Diana’s Hidden Ancestral Secret Revealed” by abcnews.go.com talks about Indian-Armenian roots in the British Royal Family based on DNA analyses. Eliza Kewark (possibly Kevorkian) is Prince William’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmother. The ABC News article doesn’t mention this, but Kewark is thought to have been an Armenian by father and Indian by mother. Mary …

Eugenie Gyulbolyan – Student Of Komitas

Eugenie Gyulbolyan – Student Of Komitas

Eugenie’s father Varderes Atanesyan was a friend of Komitas and was arrested with him in Istanbul on April 24, 1915. Atanesyan was also the author of a unique exhibit stored in the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute since 1965. This exhibit is beads with the engraved names of Armenians exiled to the village of Chankiri in 1915. …

The Example Of Soghomon Tehlirian Inspired Sholom Schwartzbard To Assassinate Symon Petliura

The Example Of Soghomon Tehlirian

In 1926, Jewish poet and publicist Sholom Schwartzbard took revenge on the leader of Ukrainian nationalists Symon Petliura for the bloody pogroms. Schwartzbard became inspired with assassination by the act of Soghomon Tehlirian who had several years earlier assassinated one of the perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide in Berlin. Soghomon Tehlirian was a highly melancholic …

Levon Ekmekjyan – Operation Karin, ASALA

Levon Ekmekjyan – Operation Karin

As many of you know, on January 28, 1983, ASALA fighter Levon Ekmekjyan was executed in a Turkish prison. He was one of the fighters who carried out the Karin operation on August 7, 1982, against the fascist Turkish state in its very heart – at the Ankara Esenboğa Airport. For 30 years, Turkey would …