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Posted 08 March 2017 - 09:57 AM

They shall not perish: Armenian Genocide documentary to premiere in the US in April
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This April, public television stations across the United States will premiere They shall not perish: The Story of Near East Relief. The documentary is produced by Shant Mardirossian and award-winning writer/director George Billard, the Broadway World reports.

They Shall Not Perish details the unprecedented humanitarian efforts of thousands of Americans who saved a generation of orphans and refugees after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I.

The one-hour documentary film features the stories of American diplomats, missionaries and relief workers who, as witnesses to the Armenian Genocide, responded to a call to action and mobilized the largest non-governmental international humanitarian movement undertaken by American citizens. Motivated by nothing but a moral sense of duty, these men and women – among them industrialists, ambassadors, teachers, nurses, advertisers and Presidents – helped bring care and comfort to millions of suffering refugees in extremely harrowing circumstances.

Narrated by six-time Emmy award nominated actor Victor Garber, the film is set against a mix of historical footage, archival photographs and utilizes contemporary interviews from leading academic experts such as Taner Akçam, Peter Balakian and Keith David Watenpaugh. In addition, the letters of American officials, relief workers and orphans are brought to life through the voices of leading actors – Michael Aronov, Kathleen Chalfant, Dariush Kashani, Andrea Martin, Ron Rifkin, Tony Shalhoub and Kara Vedder – taking the audience on a journey from the depths of cruelty to the triumphs of survival.

Executive Producer Shant Mardirossian, inspired by his grandparents’ escape and survival during the genocide, says he produced this film “not just to remember those we lost in the genocide, but to shed light on an important chapter of American history when ordinary citizens stood together against a great injustice and saved the lives of 132,000 orphans.” These historic rescue efforts led to the formation of the Near East Relief – known today as the Near East Foundation – an organization that continues to help improve the lives of vulnerable communities and refugees throughout the Middle East and Africa by implementing innovative, community-led economic development initiatives.

With a focus on an often forgotten yet important chapter in American history, They Shall Not Perish challenges the notion of what values a nation should aspire to demonstrate, and raises the question of when and if humanitarian concerns should override strategic national interests. “Today, as we confront an exploding refugee crisis, it’s imperative that we consider the humanitarian consequences when formulating U.S. foreign policy”, says the film’s director, producer and writer George Billard.

Distributed nationally by 3 Roads Communications, They Shall Not Perish premieres on public television stations nationwide beginning April 1, 2017.

The official premiere and discussion with the filmmakers will take place on April 8, 2017 at the Times Center.

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 11:21 AM

Talaat’s instruction to Aleppo Governor: Armenians should stay in exile
 

Akunq.net has circulated the copy of Ottoman Interior Minister Talaat Pasha’s telegram to Aleppo Governor dated July 15, 1916, as well as the Armenian translation of it.

In the telegram Tallat instructs the Governor to keep all Armenians in the places of exile, to deny them permits allowing to move to other locations. The instruction applies even to Armenians living in Muslim families.

US-based researcher Gevorg Hakobyan has retrieved the document from Ottoman archives, translated and provided it to Akunq.net.

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 11:22 AM

Peace of Art displays Armenian Genocide billboards across Massachusetts
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Peace of Art (www.peaceofart.org) will display a message of peace on electronic billboards on seven locations in Massachusetts, calling on the international community to recognize the first genocide of the 20th century.

Daniel Varoujan Hejinian, Peace of Art president, explained: “April 2017 is the month of remembrance of the Holocaust and all genocides in the world, and on this occasion we are calling on Turkey to recognize the Armenian genocide by honoring the memory of the innocent victims of all genocides. The billboards reflect the historical moment, when His Holiness Karekin II, together with Pope Francis on behalf of the Armenian and Catholic community worldwide, released doves soaring towards Mt. Ararat, sending a message of peace to Turkey to recognize the Armenian genocide.”

Every year since 1996, Hejinian has been displaying the Armenian Genocide commemorative billboards. In 2003 Peace of Art, Inc., began to sponsor the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Billboards. In 2015, Peace of Art, Inc. launched its Armenian Genocide Centennial awareness billboard campaign, “100 Billboards for 100 Years of Genocide,” in the U.S. and Canada to commemorate not only the victims of the Armenian Genocide but also the victims of all genocides.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 08:33 AM

Cologne approves cross-stone in memory of Armenian Genocide victims
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The municipal authorities of Colonge, Germany, have paved the way for a memorial dedicated to the “victims of the genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in the years 1915/16,” Express.de reports.

The Armenian Christian community in Cologne, with its more than 5,000 members, is now allowed to erect a “cross-stone”, an artfully carved memorial stone. It is to be erected on the Armenian burial ground of the cemetery Lehmbacher Weg in Cologne-Brück.

The decision was adopted by the main committee by an overwhelming majority of the votes on Monday.

Social Democratic Party of Germany also considers the Armenian community’s plea for a proper place of mourning and commemoration of the genocide, which will be “completely legitimate and appropriate.”

The now approved genocide memorial in Cologne is likely to further aggravate the German-Turkish relationship.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 08:37 AM

GENOCIDE OF THE ARMENIANS
In the State of Massachusetts billboards call on the United States to recognize the genocide of the Armenians
 

 

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The Peace of Art, Inc., of the State of Massachusetts, USA, has placed  billboards in various state cities asking Washington to acknowledge the genocide of the Armenians. The announcements of these billboards dedicated to the commemoration of the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide will remain in place from 10 March to 30 April. This operation is led by Varoujan Khedjinian the boss of "Peace of Art, Inc.". The latter affirms "April 2017 is the month of the genocide and a month of memory for all the genocides of the planet. We call on Turkey to recognize the genocide of the Armenians and respect the memory of the innocent victims of genocide. "

Krikor Amirzayan

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Wednesday 15 March 2017, 
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Posted 17 March 2017 - 10:42 AM

‘Orphans of the Genocide’ wins Best Documentary at Canada International Film Festival

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“Orphans of the Genocide,” a documentary chronicling the plight of the Armenian orphans of the Armenian Genocide won the best documentary award at Canada International Film Festival held in Vancouver.

“Orphans of the Genocide” weaves historical archives with interviews and memoirs of Armenian orphans to establish irrevocable proof of the Armenian Genocide. An emotional, visual journey through never-before-seen archival footage and memoirs of orphans who lived through the last century’s first, fully documented, and least recognized genocide features insightful interviews with such prominent figures and scholars as British journalist Robert Fisk; Clark University’s director of the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Prof. Debora Dwork; and Armenian-American Dr. Jack Kevorkian, among others.

“Orphans of the Genocide” is a documentary directed by Bared Maronian. The documentary includes a feature interview by Maurice Missak Kelechian, whose findings unveiled the secrets of an orphanage in Antoura near Beirut, Lebanon, where 1,000 Armenian Genocide Orphans were being turkified.

Canada International Film Festival recognizes the very best of world cinema from over 90 countries around the world. This year’s festival program included a wide variety of North American and International Feature Films to thought-provoking Shorts, Documentaries, Music Videos, Animations, Experimental Films, Student Films, a Screenplay Competition, and more.

 


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:46 AM

Nilda Garre: We are waiting for bill criminalizing Armenian Genocide denial to be considered in Argentina parliament

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YEREVAN. – The deputy of the Argentine Parliament Nilda Garre has submitted a bill on the criminalization of genocides’ denial, which also includes a denial of the Armenian Genocide. The deputy told the Armenian News-NEWS.am when the parliament of Argentina will discuss the draft and what are the prospects of its adoption.

You are the author of the bill on criminalization of the denial of genocides and crimes against humanity, including the Armenian Genocide. When will the bill be submitted? And, what are the prospects of its adoption in the parliament?

The bill I authored arose because of the negation position, which, unfortunately, have been manifested by civil servants in regard to the systematic nature of crimes against humanity committed during the last military-civic dictatorship. Thus, it includes not only the crimes against humanity committed during the dictatorship in Argentina but also genocides recognized by Argentina, such as the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide.

In this regard, it is important to recall that in 2006, the Argentine Congress passed the Law 26199 on recognizing the genocide of Armenians. The bill has already come into circulation, and we are waiting for the Committee on Criminal Legislation of the Chamber of Deputies to discuss it.

The countries that have already adopted such bills or are going to adopt are accused of violating the right to freedom of _expression_. Does your bill take into account these concerns?

When drafting the bill, we got familiarized with the experience of legislative regulations of this issue in other countries. We got convinced, that many people do not question the freedom of speech. It can be observed in such countries as Germany, Austria, or France. We should not overlook the traumas of the rejection that affect the victims of genocide and their relatives. The point here is not to deny the importance of protecting the freedom of _expression_. Let's not forget, that we are talking about the most serious crimes that a humanity can ever commit.

Why do countries like Turkey still deny the crime they committed?

I already asked this question. It's not me who should interpret Turkey's decisions. In return, I prefer to take an advantage of the experience and traditions of the countries that have criticized their past and recognized it, like Germany. I can also say that I want Argentina to take a full responsibility for its history - for everything good and bad. Countries that do not do this, risk to repeat the worst episodes of their past.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:56 AM

GENOCIDE OF THE ARMENIANS
The Egyptian magazine "Al Lataif Al Musawara" evoked in August 1918 the extermination of 2 million Armenians
 

 

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The Egyptian photographic magazine "Al Lataif Al Musawara" of August 1918 reviews the massacre of the Armenians by the Turks. On his "Al Lataif Al Musawara" photographs in support testifies about the latest events and horrors of the massacres of the Armenian populations of Turkey and evokes the massacres "that cost the lives of nearly two million innocent. One more document in the thick back of testimonies of first hand on what will be called three decades later by the word genocide.

Krikor Amirzayan

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