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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.
The Armenian genocide. The Turkish government denies it ever happened. But to the throngs of Armenian Americans who marched Tuesday through the streets of Hollywood on the Armenian Day of Remembrance, that denial only fueled their zeal to never forget what occurred during World War I. Blocking parts of Hollywood and Sunset boulevards, thousands chanted slogans, waved flags and walked 1 1/2 miles to honor the 1.
January 3, 2001 | CLAUDIA PESCHIUTTA
Members of the Armenian Apostolic Church will celebrate Christmas on Saturday. "Armenians say, 'Happy New Year' and [then] 'Merry Christmas,' " said Sossi Kevorkian of Glendale. Armenian Christmas, or "Soorp Dznoont," celebrates the birth and baptism of Christ, said Father Sipan Mekhsian of the Burbank-based Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America. "It is a happy occasion," he said. "It's a celebration of divine liturgy and a feast day."
April 25, 1987 | TED ROHRLICH and RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writers
When George Apelian knocked at the door of the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard on Friday, no one answered. He knocked again, rang the bell, and finally, pounded with his fist. "It's April 24," he said in frustration. "We are here again." For Armenians like Apelian, April 24 is the Day of Remembrance for the genocide of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks. Armenians say 1.
March 1, 2005 | Rachana Rathi, Times Staff Writer
Three local Armenian civic organizations received $333,333 each Monday as part of a $20-million settlement of a lawsuit by New York Life Insurance Co. In all, $3 million was split among nine Armenian organizations, including the Armenian Church of North America Western Diocese in Burbank, the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Los Angeles and the Armenian Educational Foundation in Glendale.
June 7, 1992
Bernard Ohanian's tale is the story of every Armenian, worldwide, whose parents and relatives were victims of the Turkish massacres ("A Fine Sense of Survival," April 26). All we need to do is change the names of the victims, and the story would be ours. For a people who must listen to some historians claim that the genocide never happened, or to politicians refer to the atrocities as "an alleged massacre," this poignant, honest portrayal is a relief. JOYCE ABDULIAN Studio City
May 3, 2007
Re "'Never again' for Armenians too," Opinion, May 1 I agree that even as we acknowledge Turkey's historic friendship and support for causes we care about, we as Jews must also urge that nation to acknowledge a historic wrong and move forward on "the path to political legitimacy." But Daniel Sokatch and David N. Myers should also have named the pain that throbs so deeply in the heart of the Jewish community. Next month marks 40 years of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and someday we too will be called to account for violence committed in our name.
August 21, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Armenian Americans descended from victims of the 1915-18 massacre by Ottoman Turks can't sue foreign insurance companies for unpaid claims because the U.S. government doesn't legally recognize that an Armenian genocide occurred, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A Glendale priest and thousands of other Armenians whose relatives were among the 1.2 million killed had won a partial victory two years ago. U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder said then that a 2000 law passed by the California Legislature gave the descendants standing to sue three German insurance companies.
June 29, 1996
His Holiness Aram I, the spiritual leader of one of the two wings of the Armenian Apostolic Church, in the first visit since his consecration last year, really scored with the crowd Friday as he was honored by Pasadena in a ceremony at the Rose Bowl's Court of Champions.
October 25, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
On a unanimous vote, the City Council endorsed a resolution now under consideration by the House of Representatives that would recognize the killing of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 as genocide. Support for the resolution has diminished as members of Congress have scrambled to smooth over relations with Turkey, an ally of the United States and a fierce foe of the measure.
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