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( 1907 - 1981 )


Kerop Bedoukian was born in the city of Sivas in central Anatolia into a family of Armenian merchants. His early education was in the kindergarten system founded in the city by his aunt. In 1915, he was forced to leave the city with his mother and sisters for Aleppo, Syria during Armenian massacres in which his father, older brothers and uncles perished. After stays in Istanbul, Turkey, Bulgaria and England he and his mother obtained admission to Canada in 1926.
After two years of farm labour he moved to Toronto in 1928, and later to Vancouver where he became a citizen in 1931. He then moved to Montreal to establish his own rug cleaning business, Ararat Rugs, which grew into a large retail business.
Bedoukian was active as an Elder in the First Armenian Holy Apostolic church of Montreal, and a member of the Canadian Council of Churches which paid travel costs for Armenians from refugee camps in Greece. He was also a member of the executive of the Canadian Armenian Congress and the Armenian General Benevolent Union which aided Armenian immigration from Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt as well as other Middle Eastern countries.
In 1967 the Canadian government honoured his humanitarian activities by awarding him the Centennial Medal for 'Services rendered to the Nation'.
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 The Urchin - An Armenian's Escape
Titre : The Urchin - An Armenian's Escape / auteur(s) : Kerop BEDOUKIAN -
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Année : 1978
Imprimeur/Fabricant : London
Description : 14 x 22 cm, 186 pages, couverture illustrée en couleurs
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Sujets : Genocide
ISBN : 9719534585
Lecture On-line : non disponible

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Through the lively, inquisitive eyes of an Armenian child, this true story is told of how he and his family, driven by the Turks from their home in Sivas in the First World War, survived the 'death march' through mountains, over the Euphrates and across waterless deserts. Few of the refugees survived by the end of the war but the Bedoukians were among them. Inevitably the women took the brunt of this ordeal, the men having been exterminated before it began. They defended their children, fighting for sheer existence from day to day with incredible ingenuity and courage. Against all odds some of the Bedoukian family succeeded in getting to the United States of America, and some, including the author, in finally reaching Canada, by way of Bulgaria and Liverpool.
The boy Kerop's boundless curiosity, his sense of adventure, his unquestioning acceptance of fate, the intensity of his observation of detail, the swift changes of mood from pride to guilt, excitement to despair and his reckless attempts at independence from the protection of his formidable mother—all this makes his gripping story both poignant and stimulating.

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