Genocide…always a family affair

In memory of my grandmother, who lived through so many true horrors as a 9 year old in Turkey during the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians:

William Saroyan was my brother-in-law’s great uncle….he was only wrong that people don’t know Armenian music or literature (consider his!)…HERE is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and it’s about the Armenian genocide.  

The Armenian Monument, in Montebello, California…in honor of the Genocide.  My dear ol’ Dad played a big part in getting this built…..

“Thanks, God, for protecting the people of this first Christian nation through so many challenges.  Thank you for keeping my grandmother alive through the massacres and for her giving my family our perfectly amazing father.  Amen.”


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22 Responses to Genocide…always a family affair

  1. cube says:

    A beautiful tribute. Thanks for sharing such a personal experience, Z. I will pass it along to my mother-in-law on the off chance she doesn’t already know it.


  2. Sparky says:

    Such bravery! Praise God for Christian people with that much fortitude to stare danger in the face and still keep going. Wow. That is a beautiful tribute. May we also pray for the courage to do the right thing every day in our lives to the glory of God.


  3. geeez2014 says:

    Cube, thanks…yes, she’ll know about it, but it’s astonishing how many Americans do not.

    Sparky, thanks. It was a really hideous time and Facebook is full of Armenians honoring their grandparents who went through it, with “I AM A DESCENDANT OF A SURVIVOR OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE” with pictures of those grandparents who made it here in their teens and made great families. Talk about courage! Some young people lost everyone and found themselves on ships to a country they didn’t know and a language they’d never heard. And they wouldn’t take welfare if their lives depended on it, most of them. They found relatives, etc…and succeeded. And started churches all over America, too. Wonderful stories out of a terrible situation! (and they almost NEVER spoke of those times…didn’t want to upset us, my grandma said)

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  4. geeez2014 says:



  5. geeez2014 says:

    Someone on Facebook posted an article about the genocide which included this ridiculous, hateful and even stupid remark “I’m a citizen of a place where people still live in denial of a deeply racist history that includes genocide of Native Americans, slavery, segregation, the internment camps of World War II and so much more. The country’s inability to see all of us as equals persists to this day in many different ways. Yet, the U.S. has been and continues to be a refuge for those escaping oppression elsewhere. It’s a strange paradox”

    I dare anyone in AMerica to say they deny that this country had slaves, or segregation or interment camps….but the biggest thing I dare is for them to actually have the GUTS to hear the truth that slavery was everywhere in the world and we were almost the first to RID ourselves of it, internment camps made sense at the time, and Native Americans weren’t sitting around waiting to be massacred.
    It’s no “strange paradox”, it’s who Americans are. We have ALWAYS ALWAYS been the country with the biggest heart, the biggest welcome to legal immigrants…

    …which this woman’s family was and made good here because of the privileges they were afforded just for having come and learned the language. Something she apparently forgets.

    THAT MADE ME SO FREAKIN’ MAD I CAN’T TELL YOU. I’M FURIOUS. And, no, uncharacteristically for me, I did NOT make a comment….sometimes there’s no lowest level to stupid and I can’t change it for anybody. DAMN her. (sorry)

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  6. Mal says:

    Cool it, girl! You can’t let folks like this get to you. Stupidity abounds, and try as you may, you can’t fix stupid.

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  7. geeez2014 says:

    Mal, it bugs me SO MUCH. You’re right…I’m over it by now but it sure feels rotten to hear people have raised their children thinking like this. I knew her mother was more liberal than I am, but I didn’t think her mother would applaud this idiotic thinking. 😦

    How’d you like the post, Mr. Armenian?!!!


  8. My best friend in high school, Dave Gedelian, clued me into the genocide early on.
    Good people.
    One of his favorite songs was Armenia City In The Sky, by the Who.
    An interpretation of the song:
    Surely , everyone knows what is meant by pie in the sky. Just for the record, it means >something unattainable or esoteric. Ok, let us put two and two together, there are >millions of Armenian around the world who are troubled about their lost homeland and the >Genocide committed against them . They lament every April 24th about it and their world >is turned upside down and they fear that their culture is disappearing. Then, they try to >take off their mind from their lost lands and try to build a new Armenia somewhere else. >This song is about survival against all odds and a way to cope with adversity.

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  9. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, just listened to it, sure doesn’t sound like he’s saying ARMENIA…sounds like Arumia…but this is definitely the title..weird.
    WHo wrote your second paragraph with the .>s???


  10. geeez2014 says:

    ….and I had listened to it…not denying the song! That IS the title; just weird they’re not saying Armenian normally. Maybe it’s their Brit accent!?


  11. Mal says:

    I just realized, Z, I have a copy of the Willian Saroyan quote mounted on the wall behind my desk. My late brother-in-law John gave it to me years ago. It has black letters imposed on a gold plate. I love it.


  12. Mal says:

    I just realized Saroyan was only 37 when he died! Good grief!


  13. geeez2014 says:

    Mal..HOPE…he was 72 when he died:

    Born August 31, 1908
    Fresno, California, U.S.
    Died May 18, 1981 (aged 72)

    My Uncle Johnny gave you that plaque? How wonderful to have it! It’s so beautifully worded, though I don’t agree that Armenian literature and music aren’t known………look at MY NAME IS ARAM, by Saroyan, one of the best known novels in America. (I need to read it!! Sold SO many) He also wrote the popular play The Human Comedy, and The Time of Our Life…and was married, twice I think, to Walter Matthau’s wife (before Matthau, of course) Carol.


  14. geeez2014 says:

    to the women here: I am SO disappointed with Melania’s French State Dinner Chanel dress 😦


  15. Baysider says:

    I learned about it from a student teacher I had in 4th grade. You know, the future teacher who comes into the classroom for 2 weeks and has to find a way to ‘connect’ right off the bat. So they tell you about themselves. She told us the story of the sole survivor of a small Armenian village in Turkey where everyone was killed. It was a little girl who hid in a haystack. That little girl was her grandmother.

    As for Melania’s dress, Mr. B has been talking about it all through dinner. Unusual for him. He couldn’t get off the subject. He doesn’t like it either. I think she improves the look of the dress. 🙂


  16. Bob says:

    I liked the dress! What’s wrong with you people?

    Z: In my reading of history and historical fiction I have seen very little on the Armenian genocide by the Turks. What I have read underlines the inhumanity of the Turks and Islam.

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  17. jerrydablade says:

    God bless your grandmother and all the good people of Armenia, past and present. why is Turkey in NATO? BTW, what did you think of that huge hat? She’ll take flight in a stiff breeze.


  18. geeez2014 says:

    Jerry, the white hat? I thought it as gorgeous and glamorous….and could keep Trump from kissing her. The close up of his hand trying to take hers and hers NOT going for it was painful to see. And the media’s making a HUGE big deal about it. It was BAD. Melania needs to learn to bite the bullet….

    Bob, yes, inhumanity of Islam and Turks and actually keeping salvation from the Armenians who had to play muslim in order to survive.\

    Baysider’s husband is right about the awful dress!!


  19. Mal says:

    I was looking at the years given at the bottom of your posted picture: 1904-1941. Was that an error? I, too, thought he was older when he died, Z.


  20. cube says:

    I googled Melania’s Chanel dress… I don’t like the dress either, but Melania could make a sack of potatoes look good.


  21. cube says:

    Oh BTW on HLN’s Morning Express new show it was a little bit inferred that Melania channeled Beyonce’s Big hat Tour but IN WHITE! Such a slam. *sigh* I’m so tired of the nonsense.


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