It’s not too late to submit Armenian Genocide testimony for Congressional Record

May 26, 2010

Schiff submits Armenian Genocide Survival Stories into Congressional Record | May 26, 2010

Include your Armenian Genocide family stories in the US Congressional Record

May 17, 2010

Take Action:

If you have a family member who can tell the story of a mother or father (or any relative) who was a victim of the Ottoman Turks during the Armenian Genocide, please help them share their testimony in the US Congressional Record. Read and share the following newspaper article with your Armenian family and friends:

Rep. Schiff launches Armenian genocide Congressional Record Campaign
Whittier Daily News | May 15, 2010

[Email your family’s stories and memories of the Armenian genocide to Mary Hovagimian at Ms. Hovagimian is a member of Representative Adam Schiff’s Pasadena (California) office staff. Rep. Schiff is working to bring H.R. 252 to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs.]


This weekend, I read David Kherdian’s award-winning book about his mother, Veron Dumehjian Kherdian. The book, The Road From Home: A True Story of Courage, Survival and Hope, is beautifully written and very inspirational. It gives us a window into Armenian life before, during and after the Armenian Genocide. I highly recommend it. (I’ve provided a link to the book on, but you may be able to find it in your library. It’s available as an audio book and for Kindle, too.

  • ISBN-10: 068814425X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688144258

Call to Action: Read, Write to Congress, Forward (Rep. Schiff publishing Armenian Genocide family histories in Congressional Record)

May 6, 2010

Rep. Schiff Launches Armenian Genocide Congressional Record Campaign—Calls on survivors and their families to document stories and memories of the genocide | May 5, 2010

Take Action:

  1. Read this important article
  2. Write to the Congressman Schiff’s office (See the article for where to send your Armenian Genocide-related family history and your gratitude to Rep. Schiff)
  3. Forward this post to every Armenian you know

There has never been a time in our history like this moment, so carpe diem (translation: Seize the day)!

Thank the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs on HR 252

March 6, 2010

Contact the committee

In addition to thanking the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, you can access the actual vote tally (see who voted for and against the resolution).

Here is the letter I sent:

Dear Members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs,

Thank you to all who made the choice to vote YES on HR 252–as Ron Kampeas wrote in his Capital J Blog, “for voting in the interests of never again denying a genocide occurred.”

My grandfather was Karnig Kalpakian (Dr. John Karnig) and his father was Dr. Janik Kalpakian. In 1920, they escaped the killings in Marash, Turkey, that claimed the lives of my great grandmother Mary Mesrobian, as well as the lives of my great aunts Anais and Armenouhi (they were butchered in a mosque).

During the Ottoman Turks’ mass deportation of the Armenians, Mary Mesrobian’s entire family, with the exception of her brother Kevork, were deported “to the deserts of Arabia” (this is what my grandfather wrote in his letter to our family, but it was most likely Der Zor).

My grandfather and great grandfather were among the ‘lucky’ victims of the Ottoman Turks. Leaving everything behind, they survived. Starting off in a horse-drawn carriage to Aintab, Janik and Karnig set out on their journey to safer shores in America. From Aintab they traveled to Aleppo (Syria); then to Beirut (Lebanon), then on to Jerusalem, and finally to Alexandria, Egypt, where they waited to immigrate to America.

In 1923, Karnig, together with his father, new stepmother and a new baby brother, Hagop, finally arrived at Ellis Island in New York.

My grandfather became a prominent dentist, a Mason and one of the leaders responsible for establishing the Armenian community in the New York metropolitan area. His baby brother “Jack” served in WWII and worked for Harvard University until his retirement a few years ago. Both men and their families owe their lives to the United States of America.


Sheri Jordan

Armenian Genocide House Resolution 252 (HR 252) full text

March 5, 2010

Read the full text of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs House Resolution 252 (HR 252), passed on March 4, 2010:

House Resolution 252

Additional news on

The Parliament of Catalonia, Spain, unanimously recognized the Armenian Genocide on February 26, 2010.

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