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“Why do you give money and food to these people?’

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The question posed by Turkish soldiers was asked of Maria Jacobsen and other Danish missionaries in Harpoot, Eastern Turkey during the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923. Here is the rest of the quotation: …”They are only going out to the mountains … Continue reading

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Amid The Ruins

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“I long to see my Cilicia once more and ride the waves of river Arax and gaze at snow capped Mount Alagiaz again…” Sung by Nazareth Spenchian, Rev. Haroutiun Jenanyan and Gabriel Baghdoyan, gazing at the Sierra Nevada Mountains in … Continue reading

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“FUNNY WRITING”

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It wasn’t that long ago that rug experts acknowledged that the “funny writing” on some oriental rugs was Armenian. However most rug experts maintained that those rugs were not made by Armenians but were commissioned pieces. Now for the first … Continue reading

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LITTLE WOMEN: FANNIE AND ATLAS

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In America during the years 1894-1896, Fannie a thirteen year old girl, living in a rural community, oftentimes participated in church socials, picnics, parties and civic events of the day. Fannie, when she wasn’t helping with house or farm chores, … Continue reading

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DICK GEPHARDT AND THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

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Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece is a tale of a once incredibly handsome, upstanding and moral young man who begins a deep slide into depravity. A painting done of Dorian when his life was filled with the promise of good works begins … Continue reading

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Benjamin Whitaker and the Armenian Genocide

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My father, Sarkis Deli Sarkisian (aka Deli Sarkis) survived the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923. For almost one hundred years, successive governments in Turkey have denied that a genocide took place. Instead, they depict the Turkish population as helpless victims and … Continue reading

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