LOS ANGELES (FOX 11)—The last known survivor of the Armenian Genocide was a special guest at an event hosted by the Armenian Law Students’ Association at Loyola Law School.
Aleksan Markaryan shared his memories of the genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaust.
Markaryan is 110 years-old. He was about nine years old when the genocide began in 1915.
He said he was fired from his childhood job at a pharmacy because he was a Christian.
Markaryan remembers being called an infidel. In order to save his life, he converted to Islam.
He remembers watching people in his village as they were taken away to never be again, the genocide ended a long eight years later in 1923.
During that time, up to one-point-five million Armenians were exterminated by the Ottoman Government – now modern Turkey.