Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Explore Kardashian Armenian Roots

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Kim Kardashian, along with her husband Kanye West, sister Khloe Kardashian, and two Kardashian cousins visited the country of Armenia this week to explore the Kardashian family's Armenian roots. Kim and Khloe Kardashian even met with the Armenian Prime Minister to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

When Kim Kardashian did a search of her immediate family history, prior to their trip, she learned that their "great-great paternal grandparents fled their small Armenian village of Karakale and the town of Erzurum (in what is now Turkey) in the early 20th century, at a time when it was ruled by Tsar Nicholas II--the last ruler of Russia."

This meant they escaped the Armenian Genocide, as well as the Russian Revolution that followed.

Khloe and Kim Kardashian's father, Robert Kardashian, was the son of Helen and Arthur Kardashian, whose grandparents on both sides left Europe for a better life in America in the early 1900s. Robert Kardashian, of course, was best known for his defense of O.J. Simpson during that highly publicized trial. Robert Kardashian died of cancer in 2003.

Even though Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and Khloe Kardashian have more money than the average person can even dream of, it's nice to see they occasionally take time to reflect on the ways of the world, and on their roots. It's at least a small testament to the fact that they're not all about publicity.

Khloe and Kim Kardashian even shared their adventure with their 'non-famous' Kardashian relatives.

It's too bad Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's daughter North West wasn't a bit older. This could have been a very educational and emotionally powerful trip for her as well.

Perhaps the family will make another pilgrimage to their father's family's homeland in the future, when North West can grasp the meaning behind the visit.

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.