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Kerope Der Avedisian
Birth: May, 1899, Turkey
Death: Sep. 2, 1965
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

He was the son of Hagop and Sonia Der Avedisian, born in May 1898 or 9 in Erzinjan. He studied at Robert College in Istanbul, but that was cut short by the Armenian Genocide of 1915, in which his parents, brother, and sister were killed. He had been in the Turkish cavalry because of World War I, but because the Turks' murder of his family and so many other Armenians he was angered and deserted. He become a fedayi freedom fighter and formed his own group to fight the Turks, of which he was the captain. It is said there was a $5000 alive or dead bounty put on him by a Turkish commander. After years of fighting he moved to Constantinople where he attended Robert College and remained there until 1921 when he immigrated to the US. He worked hard and helped bring over at least 40 Armenian families throughout his life. He went back and lived in Russia for a time, meeting his future wife Amalia Hagopjanian in the USSR and married her in Micop, USSR (now Ukraine) in 1929. They went to Moscow to get a visa for Amalia to leave the USSR to move with Kerope to the USA. Since she was a Soviet citizen she was told she could not leave. A relative of hers was able to arrange a meeting with Anastas Mikoyan (a high-ranking Soviet leader; later the head of the Soviet Union) at the Kremlin, and he allowed her to leave. Kerope and Amalia traveled from Moscow to St. Petersburg, through Eastern Europe to Berlin, then Paris, and then to the port of Cherbourg to board a ship which arrived in New York in February of 1930. They lived in Philadelphia and had three daughters, Armena, Malena, and Sonia. He owned Craft Dry Cleaners Inc., 3201 W. 9th Street, Chester, and had served several terms as president of the Philadelphia Armenian Revolutionary Federation. Later in life Kerope went back to see his homeland of Armenia again and visited his brother Haroutune, the only other survivor of his immediate family. Kerope is remembered fondly by those who knew him. 
 
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  Amalia Hacopjanian Der Avedisian (1912 - 2005)
 
Burial:
Arlington Cemetery
Drexel Hill
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Paul S.
Record added: Mar 10, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5256524
Kerope Der Avedisian
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Kerope Der Avedisian
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Kerope Der Avedisian
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