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From The Turks To The 'Titanic:' One Armenian's Fateful Escape

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Neshan Krekorian was barely in his twenties when his father urged him to emigrate from western Armenia and start a new life far away across the Atlantic Ocean.

Thousands of Armenians were doing the same, in a bid to escape rising violence and persecution at the hands of Ottoman-era Turks.

So Krekorian fled, making his way across Europe and purchasing a third-class ticket for what would prove a fateful ocean journey.

"His father told him to leave the country and seek a new life in Canada and hopefully bring his brothers over," says Krekorian's grandson, Van Solomonian.

"He had two younger brothers who stayed behind. My grandfather gathered four other compatriots from Turkish Armenia in the area that he lived in, which was Keghi. And they got to France in Cherbourg, and by pure fate got on the 'Titanic.'"

Krekorian was one of over 700 third-class passengers on board the maiden voyage of the celebrated ocean liner.

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From The Turks To The 'Titanic:' One Armenian's Fateful Escape

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