June 20, 2024 - 16:47 AMT
Joe Manganiello visits Armenian Genocide memorial

Hollywood star Joe Manganiello has visited the Armenian Genocide memorial in Yerevan, according to a statement from the press center of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.

Manganiello’s great grandma, Terviz Rose Darakjian, was a survivor of the Genocide, whose husband and seven sons were killed by the Ottoman Empire, while her 8th child drowned while survivors were trying to cross the river Euphrates.

Manganiello's great-grandmother Terviz "Rose" Darakjian survived the Armenian Genocide after her husband and seven of her eight children were murdered in front of her in 1915.

"It's virtually impossible that I exist," Manganiello told Rolling Stone in 2023.

Rose escaped with the eighth child, an infant, strapped to her back, swam across a river to escape death marches, only for her baby to drown by the time she got to the other side. She lived in a cave before she was picked up by German officers and taken to a camp, where she was impregnated by one of the officers.

When visiting the Armenian Genocide memorial in Yerevan, Manganiello planted a fir tree in memory of his great grandmother.