Artur

Rudolf’s father lived with his second wife until his death in 1969, six years longer than with his first. Olga died in 1965 with four grandchildren. Rudolf, like Greta, had a boy and a girl. When in 1972 he met his eldest son Fadey in England, he showed his cousin’s photographs of his children. Along the way, he said that he also divorced his wife, left her a house in Zurich and moved to Bern, where he encrusted pocket watch covers with enamel. Illustrating his words, Rudolph opened the trunk of the car, filled to the brim with cardboard boxes with raw watch cases.

When in June 1990 the eldest son Fadey spent ten days with his wife at Rudolf’s in Bern, they were shown an extensive collection of antique pocket watches, the cases of which were decorated with enamel painting. The Yerevan couple received an invitation to come after Greta and Rudolf visited Armenia for the first and last time as part of a tourist group in September 1989 and got to know their numerous relatives better.

As for the ten-day stay at Greta’s house and the same one at Rudolf’s and getting to know their families, these twenty amazing days inspired very sad thoughts on the guests. They realized that Vardan’s good intentions were only partially justified: after the spirit of Natalya left him, some kind of evil fate began to pursue the heirs of his family. He left Murad a bachelor, made Buzand childless, stricken Vardan himself, his daughter, and grandson, and the wife of another grandson with cancer, and, finally, plunged his great-grandson into a fatal plane crash.