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...a film by Apo Torosyan

The Turkish Kemalist army attacked Izmir (the ancient city of Smyrna), massacred all Armenian and Greek citizens, and burned the city.  While this was happening, Allied ships in the harbor (U.S., British, French and Italian) watched and did not interfere with Turkey’s fight for independence.




Apo Torosyan is a second-generation genocide survivor, and an artist. In this 27-minute film, he interviewed two female survivors of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey, both living in the U.S. at ages 91 and 101.  They were eight and eleven years old at the time they witnessed the terrible events in which most of their families were killed.

Marie Reizian Lousarrarian, age 91, was born to a well-to-do family in 1914 in Bandirma, on the Sea of Marmara in Western Turkey.  The events she described took place in 1922, during the final wave of the Armenian Genocide.

Zabel Asadoorian, age 101, was born in 1904 in Basmasen village, close to Harput in Central Eastern Turkey, near the Euphrates River.   She lost her parents, grandparents and other relatives and two siblings during the Armenian Genocide of 1915.






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