Archbishop Yeghishe Derderian (1910-1990)

Reception Hall, the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate (Convent) of St. James
6 April 1976

Archbishop Derderian was Armenian patriarch of Jerusalem and spiritual leader of the Armenians in Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. He was born in Van, in eastern Turkey, and came to Jerusalem in 1922.

Observing his mannerisms, Schwartz recalled, ‘I was particularly struck with the way he folded his hands together, interlacing his fingers.’   

Photo © The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation

Photo © The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation