Antaramian Explores Mid-Century Repatriations in Illustrated Lectures

Three American-Armenians, Bobby, Paul, and Johnny, sailing on the Rossiya in 1947. Photograph Courtesy of the Antaramian Family, 2012.

LOS ANGELES—Armenian artist Hazel Antaramian Hofman will be presenting an illustrated lecture about post-WWII Armenian repatriates, comprised of selected biographical accounts, personal photographs, artwork and archival material found at research centers in the United States and Armenia.

The lectures ethnographic information, derived from interviews of over 40 individuals, including repatriates and their family members from 6 countries in the diaspora, provides the audience with a unique understanding and appreciation of the cultural life and political stress of those who directly experienced this little known historical event. What was experienced by the repatriates once they began living in a Soviet society — some of whom were genocide survivors, some of whom were exiled to Siberia — all went beyond the imaginable.

Three presentations will be held at three different venues:

On March 20, at the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America Zohrab Information Center, 630 Second Ave., New York, NY.

On March 28, at the Mary Hyde Eccles Room, Pembroke College, Oxford, United Kingdom.

And on March 31 at the Armenian House, 25 Cheniston Gardens (Kensington), London, W8 6TG, United Kingdom.

Hazel Antaramian Hofman was born in Soviet Armenia during the height of the cold war. Her parents were in their youth when they repatriated with their families to a Soviet Armenia under Stalin in 1947. Her American-Armenian father was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and her mother was born in a small town in the southeast of France. Her family eventually left Armenia S.S.R. for the United States in 1965.

Antaramian Hofman is an award-winning artist and writer, who will be editing her three years of research for publication in 2015. In addition to an MA in Art and Design from Fresno State University, she holds an MS in Environmental Science from the California State University, Fullerton.

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