Antoine and Simon Tokatlian
Antoine and Simon Tokatlian were brothers born at the end of the nineteenth century in Istanbul in present-day Turkey, within the area known as the Ottoman Empire until 1918. As Armenians, the Tokatlians experienced increasing hostility in Turkey.
Simon and Antoine were trained as diamond workers in Istanbul. With the outbreak of violence against their community, they fled to Belgium but were forced to flee again, when that country became caught up in the First World War. This time they went to the Netherlands. In 1916 they both joined the ANDB.
Photo of Antoine Tokatlian, from his aliens’ case file in Antwerp. Felix Archief Antwerpen, Vreemdelingendossier no 995#6473