CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 |
Hundreds of Armenians chanted outside the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles on Wednesday to commemorate the massacre of about 1.5 million of their ancestors 98 years ago - a genocide that has yet to be officially recognized by the U.S. Chanting “We will fight, we will fight, until the end!” in Armenian, the large crowd decried decades of denial by modern-day Turkey that a genocide occurred during the time of the Ottoman Empire. Among them was Glendale resident Armen Aroutiounian, 19, who called it “pathetic” that the United States and Turkish governments refuse to recognize the genocide.
June 7, 1992
Whether the Armenians' deaths were brought on by war or genocide will be debated for decades to come. It's time that Armenians living here bury the hatchet on the Turkish issue or return to now-independent Armenia, where their shouts of hatred might fall on more sympathetic ears. PHILLIP A. PILGRAM Glendale
March 12, 1997
The real "hidden chefs of Turkey" are the Armenians! Nine other ethnic groups were listed as contributors to the flavors of Gaziantep ("The Hidden Chefs of Turkey," Feb. 12). At the turn of the century, Armenians made up almost 50% of the population of Aintab (as Gaziantep was then known). I am certain they also made a contribution. The Turks refuse to acknowledge that Armenians were their predecessors in Asia Minor. The Times must not help perpetuate this myth. AURORA LEHMANN CHATSWORTH
May 31, 1988
A Moscow dissident said that hundreds of thousands of Armenians rallied again in Yerevan, the capital of their Soviet republic, to renew territorial demands that form the core of an ethnic dispute. Journalist Sergei Grigoryants said that a protest by about 300,000 people occurred on a square in Yerevan where huge demonstrations were held in February. Grigoryants is half Russian and half Armenian. No independent confirmation was available.
March 4, 2007
I found "A Heritage in Common," Feb. 11, on local Armenians in Glendale, very interesting and will pass it on to a friend who is Russian Armenian. It mentioned social services that are available to immigrants. Would you please give me more information? FRANCES VELLA Los Angeles Editor's note: The Armenian Relief Society in Glendale offers family counseling, employment referrals and immigration and social services. For information, call (818) 241-7533, go to www.arswestusa.
April 8, 1990
Aram Saroyan's tribute, "A Father, a Son and a Beautiful White Horse" (Book Review, April 1), evokes memories of the lifelong achievements of his father, the incorrigible William Saroyan. Until Saroyan's appearance on the literary scene, Armenia and Armenians were virtually unknown entities, as those of us of Armenian heritage will attest. Of course, the earthquake of December, 1988, revived interest in "this race, this small tribe of unimportant people" as Saroyan once described them.