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 autobiography,
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
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