Dikran Katcharian

Dikran Katcharian

Dikran Katcharian was born in 1899 Shabin Kara-Hissar. He was a student away from home when whole his family was killed in 1915 Armenian Genocide. The story of the village is quoted in ‘The Treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, 1915-1916’ by Bryce and Toynbee (p. 320): “The deportation began in the last week of that month. (June 1915 – Ed.) … The Armenians of Shabin Kara-Hissar took warning and resisted the Government’s decree. Troops were sent against them, and every Armenian in town and district was put to the sword”. A relative, who didn’t want young Dikran to know the tragic fate of his family, arranged for him to travel to London and study there, living with a distant cousin of his father. He was initially told that his father wants to him study abroad but must have realized the sad truth Dikran retained his strong Armenian identity, whilst completely integrating in his new home country, becoming a carpet trader and repairer with his relative Mr. Pachian. He married Adrine Tokadjian, whose family has fled Erzurum in 1905 for Venice, and was introduced to Dikran through a friend. Their daughter Astrid Katcharian tells us the story of her parents’ life in the accompanying video, audio, and transcript.