"Meanwhile, due to the difficulty of communication, the two fathers
[my great-grandfathers] living in New York didn't know their children had
fled to safety and married. Hearing of the fighting in Armenia, both
fathers returned to their country to try and save their families. Both
were killed as part of the genocide. However, before their deaths, they
did find out from family and friends that their children had fled the
country and married.
"A year later, Aggie's first child, Lillian [Shooshan], was born in
Georgia, Russia. In September 1922, Aggie [Azniv], Haigaz and baby
Lillian came to Ellis Island on the Greek ship Acropolis."
After reading excerpts from the article, please honestly ask yourself:
What do you believe the United States government would do in the 21st
century if hundreds of its people who had legally immigrated, held jobs
and paid taxes here, went back to their homelands to rescue their
families and were slaughtered by a foreign government?
As Glendale residents and the newly appointed [Citizens Memorial
Advisory] committee members grapple in the ongoing investigation of
whether or not to erect the Armenian Genocide memorial, let me assure
those who think the Armenian Genocide was an "Armenian country problem"
that they are dead wrong. The Armenian Genocide directly involved the
slaughter of American Armenians, as witnessed by my 102-year-old
If members of the genocide memorial committee wish to contact the only
102-year-old living witness I know to the slaughtering of American
residents during the Armenian Genocide, and would like to speak with her
82-year-old baby girl Lillian, please contact me. In any case, please
broaden the scope of your investigation to include those newly arrived
Americans, such as both of my New York great-grandfathers, who were