Assyrian American Collection

Dublin Core


Assyrian American Collection


Assyrian Genocide, 1842-1933


An oral history project with Assyrian Americans about their culture, history and traditions.


Yonkers Public Library
Ruth Kambar
Olin MacIntosh


John Ameer
Barbara Baba
Darius Baba
David Benjamin
Alice Aziz David
Kenneth Kambar
John Muldoon
Matthew Multari
David Odishoo
George Porhat
Scott Christian Sava
Vivian Sava
Kathy Yacoe Skura


Yonkers Public Library






Assyrian Americans in the United States

Items in the Assyrian American Collection Collection

Matthew talked about his family's history, Assyrian traditions, and his activities with the Assyrian-American community.

Letter From Alice Aziz David
Alice describes how her parents escaped the Assyrian Genocide, which was committed by the Turks. She also describes how they immigrated to the United States and assimilated into American culture. Additionally, Alice wrote about Assyrian cuisine and…

David described growing up in Yonkers and learning Assyrian customs from his family. He also talked about Assyrian cuisine and culture that he enjoys. He provided a brief history of his family and struggles that they endured.

Alice talked about growing up in Yonkers and learning the Assyrian language. She also talks her family's history and how members of it escaped the Assyrian Genocide. She described how meaningful Assyrian Flag Day in Yonkers is to her. The video of…

John Ameer, author of the book Assyrians in Yonkers: Reminiscences of a Community, talked about the closeness of the Assyrian community in Yonkers and the history of the Assyrian people.The video of John Ameer's interview is on the Yonkers Public…

Scott Christian Sava, an artist, author, and film director, talked about his Assyrian roots in Yonkers. He described Assyrian art work and it's influence on him. Scott also talked about the making of  Animal Crackers, which has recently been added…

George provided amusing tales about his childhood in Yonkers and experiences in the Army. He also talked about his family's history.

Kenneth talked about his family's history and amusing tales of swimming in the Hudson River.

Vivian described her Assyrian family growing up in Yonkers. She talked about Assyrian culture and art that she enjoys. Vivian told stories about her family's experiences during the Assyrian Genocide.

Darius and Barbara talked about their families' history and persecution they faced during the Assyrian Genocide. Darius also talked about being fluent in Aramaic.