By Gabriel Antriasian, Ontario, 10 June 2022
Armenians who protected or saved the lives of Jews during the Second World War are honored at Israel’s Yad Vashem memorial. Dozens of Armenians across Europe helped or saved the lives of 55 Jews and 43 Jewish families. Below is the Yad Vashem’s list of Armenians:
Odessa: Peruza Bagdasarian and her son Sarkis protected Shura-Rivka Khasin and her children Rose and Avraham from a hostile janitor.
Odessa: Ashken Agopyan sheltered Olga Rabinowitch and her daughters Dina and Maria and provided them with food.
Kharkov: Arut and Natalya Kisheshyan and their daughter Almaza Kisheshyan hid Reiza Krasova and her two sons Vadim and Yakov.
Kharkov: Vartan Mkrtchyan and his mother Arakel hid Josef Taraszinsky, a refugee from Warsaw, in their home.
Colombes: Yervant and Elbis Beurkdjian hid Joseph and Helene Godlhamer in their small apartment for six years.
Bronoy and Montacher: George Dilsizian and his son Andre-Gustave hid the Leon and Savi families.
Lyon: Albert and Makrouhi Hougassian and their daughter Berthe provided the Tancman family with forged papers and hid their daughter Paulette.
Budapest: Dr. Ara Jeretzian established a clinic where he hid some 40 Jewish doctors and their families and supplied them with false documents.
Vienna: Aram and Felicia Taschdjian hid Valentin Skidelsky in their home for three years.
Simferopol: Grigori and Pran Tashchiyan and their children Asmik and Tigran Tashchiyan hid Anatoly and Rita for more than two years.
BELARUS (prisoner of war camp)
Harutyun Khachatryan protected fellow prisoner Iosip Kogan and forged his name and nationality on his ID.
Six years ago Israel issued a commemorative stamp honoring Charles Aznavour, his parents, and his sister Aida who had sheltered Jews at their home during the Second World War.