During the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire in 1915, 1.5 million people were killed or died of starvation, and others were uprooted from their homes. More than 100,000 children were left orphans. The U.S. sponsored Near East Relief organization protected them and also helped relocate and protect the girls who wove the “orphan rug.” It was made in the towDuring the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire in 1915, 1.5 million people were killed or died of starvation, and others were uprooted from their homes. More than 100,000 children were left orphans. The U.S. sponsored Near East Relief organization protected them and also helped relocate and protect the girls who wove the “orphan rug.” It was made in the town of Ghazir, in Lebanon, as thanks for the United States’ assistance during the genocide.Dr. Hagop Martin Deranian was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1922. His parents were both from the town of Hussenig, Kharpert Province. Dr. Deranian, a graduate of Clark University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, served as Lieutenant (junior grade) in the United States Navy (1951-53) and has been engaged in the private practice of dentistry while at the same time serving on the faculty of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine....
|Title||:||President Calvin Coolidge and the Armenian Orphan Rug|
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President Calvin Coolidge and the Armenian Orphan Rug Reviews
A story that was determined to be written. My Uncle Martin who while a successful dentist of rather great renown (Who's who) became an expert on Armenian rugs and how a series of events put him in place to write this little (1 hour read) book.It's a story that begs to be told, but like all stories that involved Turkey, they are able to bully the US government to stifle the information.It is of course, far more important for someone Armenian to know about this story.After my Uncle wrote this little book , several congressmen and newspapers got involved and the story took on a life of it's own. He was invited to speak at the Smithsonian Institute about this story and as they were packed and leaving got the call that the talk had been canceled.It's an Armenian Shindler's list.
In 1925 an orphanage of Armenian girls in Syria/Lebanon sent a beautiful oriental rug they'd made to President Coolidge as a gift of gratitude for the assistance they'd received from the United States.My great-grandfather made Armenian rugs while living in Turkey and then Syria. It was his way of supporting his family in a region where they were persecuted just because of who they were. My grandmother helped in the family business and they occasionally made rugs after immigrating to the United States.I have worked on these rugs before, although not to the extent that these orphans did, and I appreciate the hard work and creativity that goes into them and I was interested to hear more history about Armenian rug-making.This book is quite short as there is not a lot of public information known about the life of this rug, but it is well researched and complete within its scope. I loved hearing about "Golden Rule Sunday," a day when US citizens were asked to eat only a simple meal and then donate the money saved to the Near East Relief Fund.