In Memorium

7 thoughts on “In Memorium”

  1. Dear Dorothy,

    Thank you for sharing! This was so interesting and informative. I know it sounds strange, but each personal story has a way of making denial impossible no matter what anyone says, and I find that very comforting, if not telling of where we are headed now, not just in America but globally in out time in History. You spoke of the stage of Denial. I believe it is the same on an individual level as it is governmental…and usually means the one doing the denying plans to offend again, and soon. This comes from the research done by Alcoholics Anonymous of entire families who have addictions not just to alcohol, but to most anything that individuals do to numb their pain to an unbearable truth they cannot face. It’s amazing that others, who face the same kinds of stress choose not to make theirs, and the plight of others around them worse, by not facing the root problem and dealing with their pain by trying to go on with as much normalcy as they can create. Today, Glenn Beck did a program on the Armenian Genocide that shed some other unknown facts to me called “The Root”. I wonder if that’s what he meant! In case you can replay it somehow, his network is called “The Blaze”.

    Love, Sandy

  2. Well written … moved me. Watched the local public television show on the Genocide. Local Armenians were featured, one being my friend and artist Arminee Shishmanian. I am forwarding your blog to her.
    Thanks for writing your account. I will nite read more on your blog.

  3. Dorothy,
    Thanks so much for this very personal posting. Your direct connection to it brings it to life in a way that isn’t possible through the other forms of media that have been covering this (unfortunate) 100 year anniversary, to greater or lesser degrees. I learned a great deal from reading this, and hope that the time is finally ripe for Turkey to stop (or be forced to stop) the denial. You are playing an important role in raising awareness, and I applaud your bravery and tenaciousness.

  4. Dorothy,

    Your very interesting article brings some light on the atrocities the Armenian people had to go through and you are right it compares to the extermination of 6 million Jews. Because of the 100th anniversary of this horrible tragedy, stories are coming up. How come it has not been brought to light with more force before? I don’ think that enough publicity or articles that been published on this.

    In any case, I am very interested in the subject and lately have been reading a lot about it. Please send me everything you have on it, nobody better than you, because of your family history, can speak about this awful issue. Where are the rest of the Armenians that can let the world hear about their own stories? I just came back from Nice this morning and did not read all your article yet, I am saving it as I want to go back to it. I am sure your mother, from where she is, must be very proud of you, your description of her ordeal is vey touching.

    Dorothy, we must get together!… I hope that you are well;



  5. Dorothy, I hear your passion and the pain of generations in these words. Well done. Your parents would be so proud of you for writing this.
    I remember your Armenian family and friends in Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil when you first educated me about the genocide, and then your relatives in Europe and the US. How close they all were to each other, and with time and articles like yours , it’s easier to understand those bonds that formed largely due to their shared, painful history. You have helped your heritage be understood by your writing.
    Love, Mary

  6. Dorothy,

    The emotions you express in your writings bring me to the boiling point when thinking of repetitive injustices our people have tolerated. When you think of the continuous displacement Armenians have endured, it’s amazing we’ve stayed strong, continued to gain influence in the world and preserved our family unit despite the hardships.

    Over the years, frequent relocation and re-settlement in my family alone is quite foreign to most U.S. families…from Sivas and Constantinople to Marseille and Lyon, France – to New York and then to Washington DC. My family as was yours survived, Armenian roots are strong, we will never be broken.

    Fier d’etre Armenien.


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