Armenian Jerusalem
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007 Arthur Hagopian
Hanna   Nazar,   as   he   was   popularly   known,   was   the   “mukhtar”   (spokesman/representative   of the   Armenian   community   of   Jerusalem.   He   was   one   of   the   first   photographers   to   introduce color   into   his   studio   -   and   his   clientelle   included   some   of   the   city’s   leading   personalitiies. Stawry   Kari,   a   one-time   apprentice   at   his   shop   near   the   Tower   of   David,   pays   tribute   to   his memory.
A   hundred   meters   from   the   Syriac   convent   of   St   Mark,   where   the   Dead   Sea   Scrolls   were clandestinely   domiciled   for   a   while,   Arakel,   the   patriarch   of   the   Baghsarian   clan,   and   his younger   brother   Noubar,   had   set   up   home,   sharing   the   same   courtyard   and   the   same facilities.
                      Jirair   Stepanian,   a   man   of   unquestionable   integrity,   humility   and   and   generosity,   passed away   peacefully   in   his   sleep   on   December   27.   He   was   born   in   the   Armenian   Quarter   of Jerusalem,   a   hundred   yards   from   the   Syriac   church   of   St   Mark,   one-time   depository   of   the Dead Sea Scrolls.     Arshag   Garabed   Markarian   passed   away   on   August   5,   2013   at   the   age   of   90   in   Ventura   CA.                 Born April   27,   1923   in   Jerusalem   to   Garabed   Markarian   and Anna   Kaplanian, Arshag   moved   to the   United   States   in   1969   and   was   a   resident   of   Ventura,   California   since   1975.   Arshag attended   Collège   des   Frères   in   Jerusalem   after   which   he   joined   the   family   business   at   a young age.     Katch   Julian   Adrian   was   born   on   April   28,   1933   in   the   Armenian   Quarter   of   the   Old   City   of Jerusalem,   when   I   was   eight.   His   given   name   was   ‘Khatchadour,’   which   in   Armenian   means “cross-given”   or   “cross-giver,”   but   was   and   is   popularly   called   “Khatcho:   by   relatives   and Armenian   friends.   Our   parents   were   Apraham   Kevorkian   and   Elizabeth   Sahakian,   and   our grandparents were Khatchadour Nersessian and Kevork Sahakian respectively.      Araksi   Kaplanian   had   come   to   live   in   Australia,   but   had   left   her   heart   in   Jerusalem.   And   her lifelong   wish   was   to   return   there,   to   die   there   and   be   buried   near   her   husband.   Her   wish   was not   granted   and   she   died   in   an   age   care   home   in   Sydney.   Her   early   upbringing   in Alexandria, Egypt,   provided   her   with   a   lasting   love   of   the   French   language   -   she   loved   reading   books   in French, with a particular penchant for romances. Raffi   Hagopian,   that   wonderful   human   being   with   a   heart   as   large   as   the   world,   is   no   longer with   us.   He   left   us   last   night,   without   any   warning,   without   any   last   farewells.   Like   a   candle that   goes   out   in   the   wind.         Like   a   leaf   blown   away   by   a   gust.Or   a   song   that   is   unfinished here.  But they will listen to the rest of your song, Raffi, in the other world. Araksi   Jambazian,   wife   of   Garo   Jambazian   and   sister   of   Aram   Khatchadourian,   has   passed away   in   Jerusalem,   after   a   lengthy   illness.      She   leaves   behind   two   daughters   and   one   son. People   remember   her   as   a   very   gentle   human   being,   always   with   a   smile   on   her   face.      Her children have inherited her charm.         He   stood   ten   feet   tall,   a   dynamic,   charismatic   figure:   Antranig   Bakerjian   symbolized   the enduring,   fighting   soul   of   the   kaghakatsi Armenian.   He   had   the   carriage   of   those   in   command of   the   situation,   and   the   courage   to   stand   up   to   the   challenge.With   his   personal   pulling power,   he   molded   the   kaghakatsi   youth   into   a   credible   and   creditable   team,   the   14th   Massis Scouts, enthusing and encouraging, and pushing where and when needed.   The   kaghakatsi   Armenian   community   in   Sydney   has   lost   one   of   its   most   beautiful   pillars   of society:   Angelle   Benneian,   a   charming,   sophisticated   lady   with   the   very   loving   nature.                 Angelle   was   born   in   Jerusalem   in   1927,   the   seventh   of   nine   children   to   Sahag   and   Nazouhie Nercessian.   She   was   married,   at   the   young   age   of   only   14,   to   Kevork   Benneian,   and   bore   him 5 children.      Arpine’   Yaghlian   Khatchadourian   was   born   in   the   Armenian   Quarter   of   the   Old   City   of Jerusalem,    Palestine,    on    June    30,    1925,    of    parents    fortunate    to    escape    the   Armenian Genocide   in Turkey.   Her   father,   Dr.   Nazaret Yaghlian,   studied   Medicine   in   Istanbul.   During   the First   World   War   was   able   to   join   the   British Army   fighting   the   Ottomans,   entering   Jerusalem with General Allemby’s army.        This   is   the   world   of   Lida   Hagopian,   born   on   June   22,   1966   in   the   city   of   Jerusalem,   sacred   to the   three   great   monotheistic   religions:   Christianity,   Islam,   Judaism.      It   is   a   world   of   love   and compassion,   beauty,   music   and   faith.     Along   the   cobblestoned,   winding   alleys   of   the   Old   City, and in its unique ambiance of spirituality, she walked in the footsteps of the great prophets.