Armenian Genocide Survivor to be Honored in Watertown


By Sue Scheible

(The Patriot Ledger) – On June 10, Armenian Genocide survivor Asdghig “Starrie” Alemian, 106, will be a special guest at a training workshop for high school teachers on how to teach about the Armenian Genocide in Watertown, MA, hosted by the Genocide Education Project.

The daylong event will be held at the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown Square. 

“Understanding the Armenian Genocide from Primary Sources” will include a half dozen speakers, including Dikran Kaligian, PhD., history instructor at Worchester State University on “Genocide and the History of the Armenian Genocide.”


Sara Cohan of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, will speak on “Testimony: The educational power of Armenian Genocide survivor interviews.”

It is being hosted by The Genocide Education Project (GenEd), Boston Public Schools, Watertown Public Schools, The Armenian Library and Museum of America, and the National Association for Armenian Studies, with the participation of the USC Shoah Foundation.

Photo Caption 1 (L-R):  Alan,Claire and Stephan Alemian with their mother, Asdghig Starrie Alemian, in 2015.

Photo Caption 2: 

Asdghig “Starrie” Alemian of Weymouth at age 7 in an orphanage in Aleppo is on the far right. Her sister, Anna, age 9, is on the far left. The two women in the center were her two cousins (Haiganoush and Araxi).

Video Caption: 

This video was by The Patriot Ledger when Alemian celebrated her 102nd birthday on March 1, 2012.

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