Last Survivor of Armenian Genocide in Italy Dies at Age 98

CERCHIARA, Italy (PanARMENIAN.Net) — Sergio (Sarkis) Musceghian, the last survivor of the Armenian Genocide in Cerchiara, in the southern Italian province of Calabria, died at age 98.

As Paris-based journalist Jean Eckian said that Musceghian was born on November 4, 1916.  At age 4, he was roaming the streets of Constantinople when he was taken in by Italian missionaries. He lived most of his life between Puglia and Calabria where he ended his days.

In his eulogy, Cerchiara Mayor Antonio Carlomagno paid tribute to the man “of great dignity and moral rectitude.”

“Community of Cerchiara di Calabria had the pleasure and honor of meeting Sarkis during commemoration of the victims of the greatest tragedy of Armenian people, still waiting for the historic justice,” Carlomagno said.

In the last years of his life, Musceghian devoted much of his time to participating in the Armenian Genocide commemorative events. “I cannot miss an opportunity to speak of the fate of my people,” he used to say.

The home village of Musceghian in Italy, Nor Arax (Bari) inaugurated a monument (Khatckar) in tribute to the victims of the Genocide in January 2013.