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Speakers: Raffi Bedrosyan (civil engineer, concert pianist, and author of Trauma and Resilience: Armenians in Turkey – hidden, not hidden and no longer hidden (2018)) and George Aghjayan (Director of the Armenian Historical Archives and the chair of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Central Committee of the Eastern United States )
The 1915 Genocide led to mass deportations and the deaths of more than a million Armenians. In addition, forced assimilation and Islamization of Armenian women and children resulted in ‘hidden Armenians’ who became thoroughly Turkified/Kurdified. After one hundred years, the descendants of genocide survivors have learned about their heritage. Genealogy has helped them to discover family members and relatives. In this panel discussion, Raffi Bedrosyan introduces the phenomenon of Muslim Armenians and George Aghjayan presents how genealogical and historical research can help hidden Armenians discover their roots.