Yervand Markarian was born in Harbin,
China, to Armenian refugees, and he grew up in Tientsin where his father ran a billiards
hall. He attended St. Louis College in Tientsin, and in 1939 volunteered to fight in
World War II with the French Foreign Legion. After serving some time working as a police
officer in the French Concession in Shanghai, he opened a Russian restaurant, Kavkaz,
which served as the headquarters for the American forces after World War II. After the
Communist takeover Markarian emigrated to Brazil, and eventually came to settle in the
Los Angeles area. The collection consists of a class photograph from 1933, and a VHS
videotape of a television interview given by Markarian about his life and self-published
Yervand Markarian was born in Harbin, China, to Armenian refugees. He grew up in
Tientsin, where his father ran a billiards hall and he attended St. Louis College. In
1939, Markarian volunteered to fight in World War II with the French Foreign Legion.
After his term of service, he was sent to Shanghai, where he served in the Russian
regiment of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps before starting a position as a police officer
for the French Concession.
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