They Called Me Mustafa is Khachadoor's story as an Armenian child in the town of Ichmeh of the province of Kharpert in historic Armenia, caught in the Genocide perpetrated by Ottoman Turks in 1915. With no attempt to hide the facts of the cruel and dramatic circumstances, he writes or tells the story of his kidnapping by marauding Kurds, after which he serves Kurdish masters for a few years until the end of World War I when he escapes from those mountains. He finds his father who previously has left for America and become a citizen, then arrives in America in 1920 at a port in Rhode Island. His early years take him into a number of jobs, notably the Star Market in Watertown, MA, where he works for Stephen P. Mugar, originator of the supermarket chain, until he opens his own store, Huron Spa in Cambridge. His friends include Yenovk Der Hagopian, the singer, Arshile Gorky, famed artist, and Saroukhan, cartoonist, among many others.
The second part of the book consists of an introduction and selected translations from his writings in Armenian. The story is coauthored and edited by Helene Pilibosian and the translations are done by Hagop Sarkissian and Helene Pilibosian. The book is one of a number they have published under the imprint Ohan Press of Watertown, MA, which lists information on its web site at http://home.comcast.net/~hsarkiss. Khachadoor was on the executive committees of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Organization and the Tekeyan Cultural Organization. His daughter Helene was an editor of the Armenian Mirror-Spectator and has published two books of her own poems. Her husband Hagop Sarkissian was also a leader in the ADL and has translated and published two volumes of his father's writings.
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