Italy’s Last Genocide Survivor Dies

Musceghian was from the village of Nor Arax

BY JEAN ECKIAN

PARIS—On February 16, Sergio (Sarkis) Musceghian, the last survivor of the Armenian Genocide in Cerchiara (Calabria), Italy, died. He was 98 years old.

Musceghian was born on Nov. 4, 1916, and was taken in by Italian missionaries in Rhodes while walking on the streets of Constantinople when he was four years old.

In his eulogy, Cerchiara Mayor Antonio Carlomagno paid tribute to this man “of great dignity and moral rectitude.”

“The community of Cerchiara di Calabria had the pleasure and honor of meeting Sarkis during memorial moments of this great tragedy of the Armenian people, still waiting for justice in history and men. We were honored to meet with him and the history of his people. Sarkis, thank you,” said Carlomagno.

In the last years of his life, Musceghian devoted much of his time to discussing the fate of the Armenian people, especially during genocide commemorations on April 24.

“I cannot miss an opportunity when we speak of the fate of my people,” Musceghian was quoted as saying.

He lived in the village of Nor Arax (a “Villaggio Armeno”) in Bari with his wife Maryam and her daughter Vartuhi. In January 2013, Bari unveiled a khatchkar (cross-stone) in tribute to the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

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