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An Armenian Genocide Survivor Speaks (English Subs)

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This is the extraordinary testimony of the late Hagop H. Asadourian (1903-2003) recorded on April 24, 2003 in New York City on the occasion of the 88th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. He was 100 years old at the time. Born in the village of Chomaklou in eastern Turkey, Hagop Asadourian was deported along with the rest of his village in 1918, but found refuge in an AGBU orphanage in Aleppo, Syria. He settled in the U.S. in 1920, where he became a successful businessman, singer, and author of poetry and fiction, including his novel, "The Grandchildren of Hovagim," which describes his childhood experiences. The event featured here, at which Mr. Asadourian was an honored guest, was presented by the Naregatsi Art Institute (NAI) at the Cooper Union. Introducing Mr. Asadourian is NAI founder and director, Nareg Hartounian. The evening included performances by leading Armenian musicians and an exhibition of artists and photographers to commemorate the genocide through the spirit of art and cultural rebirth. This clip is excerpted from the DVD "Truth", which documents the event. For more information about Mr. Asadourian's life and work, please visit http://www.naregatsi.org/Asadourian/