The family history of Dr. Martin H. Deranian, whose papers are preserved at DCA as the Hagop Martin Deranian papers, 1931–2008, has been the topic of a recent article in Tufts Now.
“Resilient Women” talks about Armenian women and the Armenian genocide, in particular the experiences of two women who inspired Joyce Van Dyke’s play ‘Deported’ first performed in Boston in 2012. The two women who were deported and eventually immigrated to the USA were friends: Elmas Sarajian, the playwrite’s grandmother, and Vartar Nazarian, the mother of Dr. Martin Deranian. Dr. Deranian taught dental history at Tufts School of Dental Medicine for 40 years and still has a dental practice in Worcester, Mass.
DCA is currently working with Dr. Deranian to obtain, among other material, his unique collection of diary-like binders which go back to his student years and which include much of his family’s history and Dr. Deranian’s consistent efforts regarding Holocaust and Genocide Studies.