ANAHID PLAYED SOORP: THE FINDING OF ARAN PIRIAN
by Mark Kadian
Aran Pirian, the twelve year old son of an academician father and musician mother living in 1915 Constantinople, had all of life's essentials and more. A knock on the door of their home and the abrupt seizure by Ottoman soldiers of Aran's father, Hovan, marked the beginning of events which forced Aran, Anahid, and their mother, Marem, on a harrowing journey. With the assistance of Hovan's Turkish friend, Professor Daigneau, Aran and his family are placed in hiding. Later found and imprisoned in a death camp, then sent into the desert borderlands in an attempt to find an escape with a caravan of Armenian refugees, Aran and his family sought sustenance wherever it could be found-in a crumb of bread, in a bite of fig, and in their few most cherished items stored in a family trunk.