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    From: Assembly <[email protected]>
    Subject: AAA: Assembly Mourns Loss of Armenian Genocide Survivor

    Armenian Assembly of America
    1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 600
    Washington, DC 20036
    Phone: 202-393-3434
    Fax: 202-638-4904
    Email: [email protected]

    April 24, 2006
    CONTACT: Christine Kojoian
    E-mail: [email protected]


    Armine Dedekian Remembered for Her Activism, Community Support

    Watertown, MA - As Armenians everywhere mark the 91st anniversary of
    the Armenian Genocide, the Assembly was saddened to learn that Armine
    Dedekian, a survivor of those horrific crimes, passed away April 19 in
    her Watertown, Massachusetts home. Dedekian was 93 years old.

    "The Armenian Assembly mourns the loss of Armine Dedekian and wishes
    to express its sincere condolences to her family members and loved
    ones," said Assembly Board of Trustees Counselor and Vice Chair Robert
    A. Kaloosdian. "In her memory, we reaffirm our commitment to educate
    the world about the Armenian Genocide and help create a better future
    for all humanity."

    Armine Dedekian, née Kailian, was born in Banderma, in the province of
    Bursa, Western Turkey. That same year, her father was murdered and
    Dedekian and her young mother fled to Tekirdagh, near Constantinople.
    Unfortunately, the family was not safe there as the Turks soon forced
    them from their homes and onto an arduous journey through the Syrian
    Desert. Dedekian and her mother reached Sham, Syria but were
    separated soon after and Dedekian was raised by family members. In
    1929, Dedekian, at the age of 14, reunited with her mother in Ellis
    Island and later settled with her in Massachusetts. She married
    Sarkis Dedekian and together they raised two children.

    During her lifetime, Dedekian helped raise awareness of the attempted
    annihilation of the Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish government. She
    discussed her family's tragic experiences with the national media,
    including the Boston Globe, in an effort to draw national attention to
    the crimes. She was also actively involved with the Armenian Relief
    Society, the Armenian Renaissance Association and Saint Stephen's
    Armenian Apostolic Church.

    Recently Dedekian became an amicus curiae ("friend of the court")
    along with the Armenian Assembly of America and seven other
    individuals in the case of Griswold, et al., vs. Driscoll et. al.,
    filed in the United States District Court for the District of
    Massachusetts. She participated in the amicus curiae brief for she
    felt that the case was a denialist tactic by the plaintiffs which
    included the Assembly of Turkish American Association and others who
    referred to the Armenian Genocide as controversial in their Complaint.

    Kaloosdian says that Dedekian was among the last remaining genocide
    survivors in the greater Boston community. He recalled her excitement
    to take part in the federal case and added that her passing, at this
    time, has created renewed focus on her extraordinary life and memory.

    The Armenian Assembly is the largest Washington-based nationwide
    organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian
    issue. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.



    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress