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More Stories Unsurfacing

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on July 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (840)

17 July 2014

Today I received a wonderful email from a man whose mother and father were repatriates.  The added twist to their story was that they met in Siberia.  How?  Thanks to Stalin's deportations of Armenian repatriates.  I hope to meet the son of these repatriates whose lives were torturous at the very least.  More on this story later.

I have several stories via videowork that I will be adding before the summer is over.  By September 2014, mos...

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Intriguing Research Find

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on June 8, 2014 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (5)

7 June 2014

I am investigating an intriguing find made during my research. When the name 'Charles Aznakian Vertanes' keeps coming up in the oddest of places, it warrants additional research time. A major proponent of the post-WWII repatriation, he was instrumental in helping many American-Armenians leave the United States for Soviet Armenia. He is the author of "Armenia Reborn" and high ranking officer of the 1940s Armenian National Council of America. Earlier this year, I found out...

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Gallery Member

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on March 17, 2014 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (148)

17 March 2014

One week ago, I attended my first meeting at Fig Tree Gallery as their newest member.  I am grateful to the artists for welcoming me and allowing me to show work at the gallery.  Much thanks to Heather Anderson for sponsoring me and petitioning for my membership to the oldest art collective in the United States.  One of its founding members was Varaz Samuelian, an artist w...

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End of the Year 2013 Research in Armenia

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on March 17, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (157)


29 December 2013


It has been seven days since I returned from Armenia. The best things of a wonderful trip were my time with Satenik Faramazyan and Tigran Paskevichyan of Versus Studios. The filmmakers are working on a three-part documentary of the post-WWII repatriation. The first one has been shown internationally and the second one is in the production phase. In fact, it was the second part to their series that brought us together, which was our mutual i...

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Wrap-Up of 2013 Prior to Trip to Armenia

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on January 16, 2014 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (148)


16 November 2013


I am preparing to travel to Armenia in December with hopes of making new connections as well as meeting fellow Armenians who I met on-line concerning this project. While my research brings me much satisfaction, the most gratifying experience is the connection I have made with the repatriates and others, who like me, are interested in this part of our national history.

Also in the works is the preparation of...

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Naples Experience

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on December 30, 2013 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (328)

A rare photograph of several '47 American Armenian repatriates during their brief stop in Naples, Italy, as they traveled on the passenger liner, the Rossiya, to Soviet Armenia. I found the photograph in my father's album. I am not sure who took it, but a few of the people are recognizable. Paul and Massey Antaramian are standing in the background of the group of repatriates, and I believe that Tom Mooradian is at the far right. The second caravan of American-Armenians who also had to go...

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6 September 2013 Entry

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on November 16, 2013 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)


On Friday, I visited with repatriate Sosi Altounian, whose family left Lebanon when she was a young girl.  The visit was quite emotional both for Sosi and me.  She had written about her life in Soviet Armenia after she was approached by documentary filmmaker Tigran Paskevichyan.  While she was reluctant to be on camera, she indicated  that she would write her story for his documentary work.  This is the story that she read to me.  I directed my came...

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Added New Installment of French-Armenian Repatriate Story and Yevneegay, Genocide survivor

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on October 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (393)

I added a new installment and transfered the previous one to another page on the site where the entire story will eventually be housed.  Here is the photograph that was connected to Installment No. 4:  The Orphanage in Paris for Armenian boys, from the Private Collection of the Kabadayans, relatives of Yevneegay and the Hekimians.

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21 August 2013 Entry

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on October 5, 2013 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (196)

It has been roughly two weeks since I returned from my research travels on the East Coast New York and in France.  I will be posting some exciting information based on my interviews with repatriates in Lyon, Paris, and Rhode Island, including additional photographs from their albums.   I took new video footage of places in France to use for future presentations on the post-WWII repatriation. While in New York, I had the pleasure of meeting V. Rev. Fr. M...

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Past Calendar Events

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on September 29, 2013 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (290)

Just to unclutter the Calendar section of the website a bit, I have transferred some of the past 2013 events here for purposes of documentation:

March 21, 2013: PRESENTATIONEVENT--PART I:  Repatriation and Deception: Post World War II Soviet Armenia. Art Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings at theArmenian Museum of Fresno, 550 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA.  Presentation begins at 6 PM.

April 18, 2013: PRESENTATION EVENT--PARTII:  Repatriation as Ram...

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