Araxie Barsamian, mother of AR’s David, survived the Turkish genocide of the Armenians. Her parents, brothers, and other members of her extended family were not so fortunate. In 1986, just a few months before her death, she spoke about her experiences to a history class at the University of Colorado at Denver.
The photo of David’s parents, Araxie on the left, Bedros on the right is from their wedding day, 15 August 1921 in Beirut, Lebanon. She had just turned 16.