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Ironically, the efforts of the Protestant missionaries and Russian people to help their Christian brethren gave the sultan all the excuse he needed to begin his plan of extermination. indd Sec1:38 13/3/06 2:30:56 pm Genocide Turks and Kurds. They proceeded to corral the Armenian people, separating the men from the women. That night they raped the women, then bayoneted all the Armenians they could find. In the course of a few days, over 3,000 Armenians were dead. Jack Kevorkian’s parents were born in the midst of this violence.

He loved working alongside his dad. Levon enjoyed the look on the city engineers’ faces when he told them his scrawny son was going to be an engineer. It surprised them when Levon said that the young man struggling with a pick and shovel intended to be their equal. Jack wasn’t going to be a common labourer, Levon liked to tell them. Jack had intelligence. Jack was going to be their boss some day. When his father said these things, Jack just stared at the ground. He liked the praise, it made him feel good to know that his accomplishments made his dad proud, but he felt like little more than a trophy carted out to the work site.

Jack may have been a smart kid, but Levon wasn’t about to take parenting suggestions from his son. Jack loved his dad, but he felt Levon didn’t understand him or keep up with modern times. Levon was filled with all the old-fashioned ideas of Armenia, and was satisfied with his working-class status; he was used to taking orders. Even in America, Levon still acted as if trouble was just around the corner. Due in part to the language barrier, Levon always felt as if he was an outsider, and he expected some American official to come any day and tell him he had to leave.

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