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Matthew Jelalian: What’s cookin’, Utah?

Matthew JelalianMay 26, 2019

My stepdad was Armenian.

The story went that his grandparents came over during the Armenian genocide. For those of you who may not be familiar with it, the genocide is when the Ottoman Empire in Turkey started systematically rounding up Armenian intellectuals and their families and killing them.

It would inspire Hitler’s Holocaust.

After doing some basic genealogy work, we found out that his grandparents left before the historically recognized start of the genocide.

Nonetheless, like most Armenians who are part of the diaspora, the genocide affected the Jelalian family. It’s kind of like how the stories of the pioneers are a big part of Latter-day Saint identity even though many of us have no pioneer heritage.

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