Zaruhy (Sara) Chitjian’s Writings

“The People Living the History do not know they are going to be the history”

Although Sara most often expressed herself thru writing, she enjoyed drawing / doodling without thought,  as a form of relaxation.

Without realizing, knowing I had to record my fathers history so I do not forget. I had slipped into writing my own history so I dont forget. Not thinking that anyone would be interested in my history because so many would be instead interested in my Fathers History as being a product of a survivor of a Genocide. And I thus am a product of a survivor of Genocide and all this is the process of remembering him.

I felt a need to start by go back and capture my earliest thoughts and memories of my childhood at Bonnie Beach in 1935. As I relate to a photo of me sitting on a pony at that time, my memories started to come back to me very clearly. This would be the beginning of my mischievous days, exploring and very curious. My mother could not keep up with me as I went around exploring and my brother stayed home doing nothing.

Sara’s Earliest Memories, Living at Bonnie Beach

Sara riding a pony at age 3

Sara with her childhood friend Max

Sara with her Shirley Temple baby carriage

Resume Of My Teaching Experiences

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Sara Chitjian’s influence on her Father.

Sara reflects on Hampartzoum’s memories

Mulling Over my Fathers Papers page 1

Mulling Over my Fathers Papers page 2

Hampartzoum loved Ethiopian pastries

Hampartzoum leaves Mexico, page 1

Hampartzoum leaves Mexico, page 2

Significance of Loss

My Impressions of Turkey

Nostalgic Memories

My Escape

Hampartzoum reunites with his childhood classmate in 1939

The Danger of Silence

Margaret Meade expresses the same sentiment, that Armenian is the ideal international language due to the alphabet’s construction.

Effects of war on survivors.

Year of Morning, poem by Sara Chitjian that reflects on Hampartzoum’s emotional experiences he had.

Reflecting on my mother’s side of the family

I don’t remember  when or why I followed the path…

Anatolia people ask why…

The ravines of Chungush located in upper Kharpert were used to dump Armenians dead or alive.

Thoughts on the 100th anniversary of The Armenian Genocide

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Thoughts on the 100th anniversary of The Armenian Genocide

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Sara’s various thoughts throughout the years.

Hand written poem by Sara Chitjian

Hand written poem by Sara Chitjian

Sara Reflects on her time at UCLA

I came to UCLA page 1

I came to UCLA page 2

I came to UCLA Version 2

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I came to UCLA Version 2

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I came to UCLA Version 2

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A man who never forgot what transpired.

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A man who never forgot what transpired.

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For years I supported the Zoryan Institute.

Hampartzoum’s Wish Page 1

Hampartzoum’s Wish Page 2

A flashback when I was 7 or 8 years old

Animals and Humans

Dikran Amo Betrays 1

Dikran Amo Betrays 2

Dikran Amo Betrays 3

Read with Patience

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Read with Patience

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Why I am doing what I am doing.

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Why I am doing what I am doing.

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Why I am doing what I am doing.

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In the 1940’s

The U.S. is close to war.

Understanding the family connection

Learning about Levon Mishmishian

Finally Armenian Genocide Survivor stories are recorded.

Sara’s unfinished Thoughts

What took Place?

Yergeer (My Homeland)

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Yergeer (My Homeland)

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Sara’s Creed

The Birth of Armenian Studies at UCLA

Sara Reflects on The Letters

Hampartzoum’s childhood games

My Escape Out Of Kharpert

(written by Hampartzoum)

My Journey as a Free Man

(written by Sara in response to Hampartzoum’s poem shown to the left)

Assembling The Collection

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Reflecting on the Mardiros letters

“This book and subsequent film was the first time Armenians became aware that their cause of bringing awareness to the Armenian Genocide was being censored by certain groups including the U.S. Government.” “What hold does Turkey have over The United States for over 100 years?” – Sara Chitjian

Sara reflects on her father’s collection of writings

Words Sara heard her father say often

The Birth of Armenian Studies

The Overlooked Orphans

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The Overlooked Orphans

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The Overlooked Orphans

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Too young to remember

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Too young to remember

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Moving from Bonnie Beach

Teaching Experience

Classified

Sara Reflects #1

Sara Reflects #2

Sara reflecting on Levon Mishmeshian

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Article referenced in Sara’s text

A sample of Sara’s many notes reflecting on her fathers writings.

an other sample of Sara’s many notes reflecting on her fathers writings.

Sara reflects on her Father’s writing entitled ” Year of Mourning – 1915″

Sara reflects on her Father’s writing entitled ” Year of Mourning – 1915″

Sara reflects on her father’s commentary articles.

An EyeWitness Account

Observing The Pachuco Phenomenon page 1

Observing The Pachuco Phenomenon page 2

Observing The Pachuco Phenomenon page 3

The graphic for a musical in Los Angeles

Does Anyone Remember?

(The conference of 1985 in Washington D.C. The only event organized to bring Armenians from around the world to address the 70th Anniversary of The Armenian Genocide.) Story of this event can be found in Hampartzoum CHitjian’s memoir on page 389-393.

One of the main attractions was this Candle sold at event in memory of The Armenian Genocide

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Pamphlet from event

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Pamphlet from event

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Commemorative Candle from event

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Commemorative Candle from event

God’s Gift To The Orphans

(How do mulberries compare to other berries nutritionally.)

Sara writes about Mulberries Page 1

Mulberries saved many Armenians

Sara writes about Mulberries Page 2

Written by Sato Yervanian 2015

The value of mulberries

Translation of Hampartzoum’s Paper:

1915 feelings 1995

Perchancine (Village in Turkey)

Dried mulberries

make happy

my brothers

and other orphans

Hampartzoum would Say

Sara’s Commentary on The Letter’s

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More Commentary on The Letters

“Keech Gesem shad has ger tsir” – I say little, Understand More / Read between the lines.

The brothers were going incognito as Turks to survive and had to write letters in a very careful manner since all correspondence were censored. Hampartzoum had learned to write in Ottoman script from a neighbor.

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Sara makes Commentary on pages from her father’s memoirs.

Page 225 from the Memoirs

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Sara’s Commentary

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Sara’s Commentary

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Sara’s Commentary

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Sara’s Commentary

Sara’s Commentary on Page 224 from the Memoirs.

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Commentary by Sara Page 1

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Commentary by Sara Page 2

Sara’s Commentary on Page 235 from the Memoirs.

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Commentary by Sara on page 235

Sara’s Tid Bits

Sara’s quick thoughts on various issues

I am an Armenian

The worst of America?

Getting Into UCLA

Sara reflects on Armine Ishkarian’s article

Sara Reflects on Levon’s Letter Collection

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As I Listened

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Sara Reflects on her Childhood

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An Armenian Bilingual – Bicultural Curriculum

Sara Chitjian wrote this paper while attending a summer class oriented for teachers at Marymount College when she was 47 years of age.

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Mainstream Observation

by Sara Chitjian – December 2, 1981

Mainstream Observation

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Mainstream Observation

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Mainstream Observation

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Mainstream Observation

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Mainstream Observation

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Mainstream Observation

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Principles and Techniques of Curriculum Development

Book Report by Sara Chitjian – November 4th, 1981

Principles of Education

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Principles of Education

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Principles of Education

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Principles of Education

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Principles of Education

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Principles of Education

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Principles of Education

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Principles of Education

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Principles of Education

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Acceptance of Learning Disabled Students in The Mainstream Environment.

Journal Report by Sara Chitjian – November 9th, 1981

Acceptance of Learning Disabled Students

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Acceptance of Learning Disabled Students

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Acceptance of Learning Disabled Students

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Acceptance of Learning Disabled Students

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Acceptance of Learning Disabled Students

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Acceptance of Learning Disabled Students

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The Problems of Mainstreaming for the Regular Classroom Teacher

Special Project Report by Sara Chitjian

Problems of mainstreaming for the classroom

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Problems of mainstreaming for the classroom

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Problems of mainstreaming for the classroom

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Problems of mainstreaming for the classroom

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Problems of mainstreaming for the classroom

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Problems of mainstreaming for the classroom

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Problems of mainstreaming for the classroom

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Problems of mainstreaming for the classroom

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Problems of mainstreaming for the classroom

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Problems of mainstreaming for the classroom

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Problems of mainstreaming for the classroom

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Problems of mainstreaming for the classroom

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Problems of mainstreaming for the classroom

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Problems of mainstreaming for the classroom

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Turkey Has No Historical History

Sara had this image created to depict a concept she has which is to say that The Republic of Turkey has no historical history, from Ottoman to Republic, Did it just hatch???