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Posted 31 January 2020 - 11:00 AM

Aravot, Armenia
Jan 30 2020
Macron congratulates Turkish historian for “denouncing Armenian Genocide denial”
January 30,2020 22:45 23

ԵՌԱԳՈՅՆ. French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday congratulated Turkish historian on Taner Akcam for denouncing the Armenian Genocide denial., La Presse reports.

“You denounced the denial,” Mr. Macron told Mr. Akcam, author of the book “Orders to kill”, during a dinner hosted by the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations in France (CCAF)

According to the French president, Taner Akcam’s book constitutes “the scientific establishment of clear intentionality of organized crime.”

“You brought out what some wanted to plunge into oblivion, Genocide denial,” said Macron. “It is an essential stone in this deeply political debate with the Turkish leaders,” he added.

“We don’t build any great story on a lie, on the policy on a revisionism or a negationism”, he insisted in allusion to Turkey, denouncing “the shadow cast by a strategy which aims at a new expansionism in the Middle East, deny the crimes and strive to regain the strength of the past, a fantasized past, very largely.”

Taner Akcam “Killing Orders: Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and Armenian Genocide” has been was presented in France earlier this week.

This book provides a major clarification of the often blurred lines between facts and truth in regard to these events. The authenticity of the killing orders signed by Ottoman Interior Minister Talat Pasha and the memoirs of the Ottoman bureaucrat Naim Efendi have been two of the most contested topics in this regard. The denialist school has long argued that these documents and memoirs were all forgeries, produced by Armenians to further their claims.

Taner Akçam provides the evidence to refute the basis of these claims and demonstrates clearly why the documents can be trusted as authentic, revealing the genocidal intent of the Ottoman-Turkish government towards its Armenian population. As such, this work removes a cornerstone from the denialist edifice and further establishes the historicity of the Armenian Genocide.



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Posted 13 February 2020 - 08:33 AM

Big News Network
Feb 11 2020
Palace of Versailles will host Armenian Genocide concert


PanARMENIAN.Net - The Royal Chapel of the Palace of Versailles will host a concert on April 24, dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide .

According to information posted on Versailles's official website, the Royal Chapel will become a place from where the voice of the Armenian people will be heard through music symbolizing their multi-millennial history.

Chouchane Siranossian (violon), Astrig Siranossian (cello), Vardan Mamikonian (piano) and Melody Louledjian (soprano) will perform pieces by acclaimed Armenian composers Komitas, Aram Khachaturian and Arno Babajanian.

April 24, 1915 is the day when a group of Armenian intellectuals were rounded up and assassinated in Constantinople by the Ottoman government. On April 24, Armenians worldwide will be commemorating the 105th anniversary of the Genocide which continued until 1923. Some three dozen countries, hundreds of local government bodies and international organizations have so far recognized the killings of 1.5 million Armenians as Genocide. Turkey denies the Genocide to this day.\


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:22 AM

Al-Arabiya, UAE
Feb 13 2020
Turkey hiding Ottoman-era evidence of Armenian Genocide: Historian
Joanne Serrieh, Al Arabiya EnglishThursday, 13 February 2020
A Turkish historian said the Turkish government is hiding historic telegrams which could provide information about the Armenian Genocide, based on his findings.
Armenia says the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenian people between 1915 and 1917 was a genocide. The events are recognized as a genocide by 30 other countries, and US Congress passed a measure in December last year to formally recognize the killings as a genocide.
Turkey strongly denies the accusation of genocide and puts the death toll in the hundreds of thousands.
According to historian Tanar Akcam, the Turkish government is deliberately hiding evidence of the genocide even today.
Akcam told Al Arabiya that the Turkish government knew of the existence of telegrams related to the genocide because they were used in state military tribunals in Istanbul in the year 1919.
“In these military tribunals, public prosecutors wrote an indictment and verdicts … they quoted from these telegrams,” he said in a video interview.
Akcam found the documents in a private archive and not in state archives.
There are people in Turkey who are fighting for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, explained Akcam.
“This is part of the Turkish civil rights movement, it’s a part of the Turkish struggle for democracy and human rights,” he said.

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 10:03 AM

Law & Lawyer Journals
Feb 25 2020
Armenian red army commander took revenge on the Turkish Minister of war during the genocide
February 25, 2020
Armenian red commander took revenge on the Turkish Minister of war for the genocide of the Armenians

In the Autumn of 1914, Turkey joined world war I on the German side. In the autumn of the same year, Turkish troops suffered a major defeat by the Russians at Sarikamish in the Caucasus.

Turkish Minister of war Enver Pasha, who coordinated the actions of the Turkish army at Sarikamish battle, declared that the defeat occurred because of the betrayal of the Armenians, who sympathized with Russia. This accusation served as a trigger for genocide.

 The Genocide

In February 1915, began the disarming of the Armenians serving in the Turkish army. Disarmed thus in most cases were shot. In March, the Turkish authorities began deportation of Armenians from different regions of the Ottoman Empire. Exported the Armenians not only from adjacent to the Russian border areas, but also from Istanbul, Izmir and other big cities, from many parts of Anatolia.

Most Often, the deportation served as a pretext for mass destruction. Removed, the population shot (and were drowned, burned, starved, etc.) in other places. Adult males were deported separately from women and children but destroyed the Turks all the same. In some places the Armenians resisted eviction, knowing their pending fate. This was the reason for total excision of the Armenian population of the area.

In August of 1915, Enver Pasha had admitted to the German journalist Ernst Achu that as a result of the measures taken, killed about 300 thousand Armenians. In December 1915, the German Consul in Aleppo, reported to his government that, to date, destroyed from 500 thousand to 800 thousand Armenians. The head of the German Protestant mission Johannes Lepsius counted 1.1 million victims of the Armenian genocide in 1915-1918.

“Operation Nemesis”

In October 1918 Turkey was defeated in the First world war. Under the terms of surrender, provided for the issuance of the allied powers Enver Pasha and two other figures of the Sultan’s regime (the Prime Minister Talaat Pasha and the Governor of Syria Jamal Pasha) as war criminals. The members of this “triumvirate” did not wait for his arrest, and fled from Istanbul on a German submarine.

5 Jul 1919 Turkish military Tribunal, meeting in Istanbul under the supervision of the commissioners of the Entente, sentenced all three pashas to death by hanging. Although they disappeared from justice, from punishment they were unable to leave.

The Armenian party Dashnaktsutyun (Dashnaks) has set a goal to take revenge on the organizers of the genocide. Was the attempted operation “Nemesis” that occurred in many countries.

The First paid Mehmet Talaat Pasha. On March 15, 1921 he was shot in Berlin, where he resided illegally. A jury acquitted the killer.

Two others – Ahmed Cemal Pasha and Ismail Enver Pasha had met in Berlin with the Bolshevik Karl Radek, enthusiastically delirium world revolution. Radek is interested in the revolutionary potential of ideas of pan-Islamism and pan-Turkism to undermine the British colonial Empire. In the spring of 1919, Radek, together with the two international criminals arrived in Moscow red.

 The Union of Islam and Communism

In Moscow, Enver Pasha led the “society of the unity of the revolution with Islam”. In September 1920 he participated in a meeting convened by the Bolsheviks in Baku the First (he was last) Congress of the peoples of the East. Cemal Pasha was sent to Central Asia and Afghanistan to prepare the Basmachi detachments for the invasion of British India. In the summer of 1921 it was decided to attach and Enver Pasha.

This is the establishment of close friendly relations between the Soviet Russia and the revolutionary new Turkish government headed by Mustafa Kemal Pasha (Ataturk). Kemal Pasha considered the “young Turks” Enver, Djemal their ideological opponents and rivals in the struggle for power. The Soviet government decided to fuse both away from the borders of Turkey.

While Jamal worked as an Advisor of the king of Afghanistan, Enver helped the young Bukharan Soviet Republic in the organization of the armed forces. But both were not going to do for the Bolsheviks the dirty work. They had their far-reaching plans. Especially Enver Pasha. In October 1921, Enver Pasha defected to the Basmachi. Despite the competition, he soon emerged as one of the most authoritative field commanders. The Basmachi movement was headed no longer against England and against Soviet Russia.

 The Elimination of Djemal Pasha

Apparently, the elimination of both former leaders of the Sultan’s regime, one of which decided to play his game, was conceived in Moscow at the same time. There were not to interfere with the operation “Nemesis”. July 21, 1922, during one of his visit to the Soviet Republic of Georgia, the Dashnaks tracked down and shot dead Jemal Pasha.

One of the participants in the murder, Petros Ter-Poghosyan was arrested by the Soviet authorities in 1930. His fate is unknown. Other Artashes Gevorgyan left at the moment and unpunished until 1936 quietly worked in Soviet institutions, when he was arrested on charges of forming a “counterrevolutionary organization” (shot in 1937).

 The Elimination of Enver Pasha

Hardly a coincidence due to the fact that Enver Pasha was killed in the result of the actions of army units, commanded by an Armenian. Yakov Melkumov (Hakob Melkumian) was a career officer in the Imperial army, in 1917, he sided with the Bolsheviks, one of the first who joined the Red Army. His first operation was the participation in the defeat of an extremely dangerous for the Bolsheviks, the revolt of the left SRS in Moscow in July 1918.

In 1920 Melkumov was in command positions in Central Asia. Much of his activity here is hidden by a veil of fog. Melkumov has been in contact with some warlords BAsmaca and, in particular, with Enver Pasha after the transition to the Basmachi. By the way, so many Basmachi suspected Enver Pasha in a double play. And for good reason.

In February 1922 Melkumova troops defeated the larger Basmachi forces in the area of Dushanbe, and supported by it is part of Enver, thus eliminating one of their rivals. Stalin and Trotsky wanted to put Melkumova court for cooperating with the robber bands, but the Armenian brigade commander was saved thanks to the intercession of Lenin.

Melkumova managed to lull his future victims. In the summer of 1922, commanding the 2nd Turkestan cambrigde, he lured and surrounded the forces of Enver Pasha. On August 4, the last of the three organizers of the genocide were killed near the village of Chagan. Melkumov then boasted that he personally killed the former Ottoman Minister of the sword.

In 1937, Stalin still Melkumova arrested, but he managed to survive the “father of Nations” and even releasing a book of memoirs about the struggle with the Basmachi.

Yaroslav Butakov

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Posted 01 March 2020 - 10:00 AM

Blabber Mouth
Feb 28 2020
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Singer SERJ TANKIAN To Headline New Zealand Parliament Event On Armenian Genocide
February 28, 2020
Serj Tankian, the lead singer of Grammy Award-winning American band SYSTEM OF A DOWN, will address how the Armenian Genocide has personally impacted his life at a New Zealand Parliament event next month, hosted by Gareth Hughes MP in coordination with the Armenian National Committee of New Zealand (ANC-NZ).
Tankian, a New Zealand resident, is the grandchild of Armenian Genocide survivors and achieved fame as the frontman of SYSTEM OF A DOWN, which has sold over 40 million records worldwide. While still touring with the hard rock group, Tankian has also recorded success as a solo musician and singer, songwriter, film score composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet and political activist.
At the event in New Zealand Parliament, Tankian will be joined by Australia-based genocide scholar Dr. Panayiotis Diamadis, who will also address the audience made up of members of Parliament and other dignitaries. Diamadis will discuss how New Zealanders came to the aid of victims of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides during the First World War.
ANC-NZ chair Hoory Yeldizian said this event presents another opportunity to further inform New Zealand's lawmakers and thought leaders about the importance of Parliamentary recognition the Armenian Genocide.
"We thank Mr. Tankian and Dr. Diamadis for accepting our invitation, which will continue our recent efforts with Professor Taner Akcam in advocating for New Zealand's recognition of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides," Yeldizian said.
ANC-NZ will be joined at the event by their colleagues from across the ditch, the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU).
This event is invitation-only.

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Posted 03 March 2020 - 09:06 AM

Remnants of an Old

            Armenian Village Near Ankara

            By Harut Sassounian

            Publisher, The California Courier


Argun Konuk, a 24-year-old Turkish travel and history enthusiast,
published a recent article about the Armenian village of Stanoz
located near Ankara.

Konuk reported that Stanoz was “once a prosperous Armenian village in
the Ottoman era, now, nothing but ruins and tombstones…. Old Armenian
manuscripts reveal that the first inhabitants of the village of Stanoz
came from Cilicia in the 15th century. As records show, the population
of Stanoz before World War I was 3142 people (668 families) and
consisted of Armenians only. Up until its abandonment, Stanoz remained
an Armenian-speaking settlement.”

The residents of the village of Stanoz were skilled in carpet weaving,
embroidery and leather processing. Furthermore, they produced fabric
from goat hair which was in high demand in Europe. The villagers were
also knowledgeable about agriculture, cattle-breeding and

Konuk also reported that unfortunately the only things that remain in
Stanoz now are the graveyard, a stone bridge, and ruins of an Armenian
Church. The damage was mostly caused by Turkish gravediggers or
treasure hunters. The size of the graveyard keeps shrinking as the
Turkish neighbors have been encroaching on the property.

Stanoz was mentioned in the journals of many travelers for centuries.
An 18th Century British military officer, Frederick Burnaby, reported
that during his visit to Stanoz, one of the Armenian priests told him
that Armenians of Stanoz live in peace with people who practice Islam
and Judaism.

Konuk also reported that “the well-known Turkish traveler Evliya
Celebi shared remarkable anecdotes in his journal about this village
after his visit in 1643. He spoke of Stanoz as a wealthy town with
impressive productivity. Furthermore, he shared that Stanoz had a
thousand dwellings, a big bazaar, a fully functioning Turkish bath and
even a laundromat.”

There were three religious buildings in Stanoz: Sourp Prgich Church,
Karasoun Manoug Church, and a Protestant Church. There were two
Armenian schools: Sourp Ghevontyan School with 140 male and 40 female
students and Lusignan School with 50 male and 35 female students.

Due to the Genocide and deportation of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey,
many Stanoz residents were either killed or fled the area leaving the
village as a ghost town.

The writer found that currently only three Armenians live in Stanoz.
Kevork Balabian, who was born in Stanoz, told Konuk: “Stanoz had 1200
households and a population of 7-8 thousand. Ottomans valued Stanoz a
lot. At the time, the Armenian population of Stanoz migrated to modern
cities such as Istanbul, Marseille and Beirut. Only my wife and I, who
came from Hatay, and our daughter live in the region. I go there often
as I have a farm and a vineyard. Some treasure hunters come there in
hopes of pillaging and finding some valuable artifacts but they are
afraid of me so they mostly leave. We have graves there and I still
look after them”

An old Turk told Kunuk: “We all grew up with Armenians, went to the
same schools. Back then if you were hungry, you could easily knock on
an Armenian’s door and ask for food and it was the same for them. We
did many things together. There was an Armenian doctor whose name was
Mihran Kiremitchi. Every single child who was born in this region owes
him so much as he cared for everyone and cured everyone’s child
regardless of ethnicity and social class. We never saw him asking for
money from anyone. And again, weddings, funerals, everything else, we
did together with the Armenians. We even celebrated religious holidays
together. They used to paint eggs and we used to sacrifice animals. We
miss them.”

An Armenian by the name of M. Suryan wrote in Aravod newspaper on
April 28, 1919: “Some of the houses of Armenian residents who were
exiled during World War I were looted and robbed. A considerable part
of Albanians and Bosnians resettled in these abandoned homes. The new
residents demolished many of the structures and provided firewood by
removing wooden pillars, floor-ceiling boards of many homes. Moreover,
instead of acquiring wood from the forest, they cut the fruit trees in
the gardens to warm up. The aftermath was appalling as this notable
village became dilapidated ruins. Gradz Kar, a small Armenian village,
which consisted of twenty houses, located an hour away from Stanoz,
also suffered the same fate.”

Konuk is highly offended that Turkish gravediggers have violated the
sanctity of the Armenian graves: “The graveyard is particularly in
such an abject condition that human bones are scattered around the
graves that are pillaged by the treasure hunters and many of the
tombstones are damaged. The tombstones are priceless. Each of them
represent historical importance, however, their current state is
heartbreaking. Even now after devastating centuries, there are still
many artifacts and historical objects lying around. For me the most
appalling thing was to see some human bones scattered around the
graves. In hopes of finding gold or other valuable goods, treasure
hunters dig the graves illegally and throw around the bones of the
Armenians who are resting there eternally. Undeniably, this is an
extreme case of disrespect.”

Konuk concluded his report with the following heart-warming words: “We
Turks lived with Armenians in peace for centuries and I believe this
place should carry the same importance as other Turkish cemeteries.
Regardless of ethnicity and religion, the Turkish state should have
taken measures to protect the memory of this village. Unfortunately,
the future of Stanoz seems bleak. It is quite sad to see that this old
and notable settlement completely vanished…. After five months of my
first visit, I decided to go there again and it shocked me to see that
many tombstones were missing! The Armenians of Stanoz were our kin.
Who knows what stories and secrets this settlement has to tell us.
Unfortunately we will never learn them.”

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Posted 11 March 2020 - 09:17 AM

Definitely we need more information about this organization, and who they are!

PanArmenian, Armenia

March 10 2020
Gülen-linked organization recognizes Armenian Genocide
March 10, 2020 - 17:00 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Multicultural Mosaic Foundation (MMF), a Colorado-based NGO that derives its inspiration from the Turkish Muslim religious leader Fethullah Gülen, has recognized the Armenian Genocide.

In a statement disseminated on Sunday, March 8, the Foundation said they established a committee three years ago, tasked with learning what happened in 1915 to the Armenian citizens of the Ottoman Empire.

“For the last three years, the members of this committee have been attending lectures and dialog sessions with scholars of Ottoman history, Armenian history and genocides,” the MMF said.

“Committee members engaged in meetings with family members of those who survived the Armenian Genocide.

“The study of academic articles, watching documentaries, panel discussions, private discussions were also part of the three-year journey.”

After three years, the committee of about 20 members voted unanimously in favor of recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

April 24, 1915 is the day when a group of Armenian intellectuals were rounded up and assassinated in Constantinople by the Ottoman government. On April 24, Armenians worldwide will be commemorating the 105th anniversary of the Genocide which continued until 1923. Some three dozen countries, hundreds of local government bodies and international organizations have so far recognized the killings of 1.5 million Armenians as Genocide. Turkey denies to this day.




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Posted 12 March 2020 - 07:32 AM

Panorama, Armenia
March 11 2020
Politics 13:15 11/03/2020 Region
Gulen-linked Multicultural Mosaic Foundation recognizes Armenian Genocide

The Multicultural Mosaic Foundation (MMF), a Colorado-based nonprofit organization which derives its inspiration from the Turkish Muslim religious leader Fethullah Gulen, voted to recognize the Armenian Genocide on March 7, The Armenian Mirror-Spectator reported. 

MMF issued a statement on March 8 explaining the context, as follows: “MMF established a committee three years ago tasked with learning what happened in 1915 to the Armenian citizens of the Ottoman Empire. For the last three years members of this committee have been attending lectures and dialog sessions with scholars of Ottoman history, Armenian history and genocides. Further, committee members engaged in meetings with family members who survived the Armenian Genocide. The study of academic articles, watching documentaries, panel discussions, private discussions were also part of the three-year journey.

“At the end of the three years the committee decided to vote on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The committee of about 20 members voted unanimously in favor of recognizing the Armenian Genocide. This vote was presented to the board as a recommendation to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Mosaic’s board followed the recommendation of the committee and recognized the Armenian Genocide on March 7, 2020.”

MMF was careful to note in its statement that the decision was made by MMF alone and only reflects its own position, as no other affiliated organization or platform participated in its decision-making process. MMF also defined itself as an organization “dedicated to the promotion of understanding, dialog and peace among all cultures and faith traditions.”



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Posted 18 March 2020 - 08:34 AM

Serj Tankian Calls Out Genocide Denial at ANC-NZ Advocacy Week Event
March 17, 2020
ancnz-advoc20.jpegNew Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters, Serj Tankian of System of a Down

WELLINGTON, New Zealand—The Armenian National Committee of New Zealand’s Advocacy Week was highlighted by national television and digital media bringing attention to the issue of Armenian Genocide recognition, through highlighting rock star Serj Tankian’s calling out of New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters’ reported appeasement of denialist Turkey.

Peters, who also serves as the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, released a letter to Members of Parliament reiterating New Zealand’s position on the Armenian Genocide, which was defining it as a “tragedy” rather than “genocide.” Leaked text of this letter shows Peters asked the Members of Parliament to consider this government position when “deciding whether to take up the invitation” from ANC-NZ to an event co-hosted by Green Party Member of Parliament Gareth Hughes.

At the event, Tankian – who is a New Zealand resident and the Grammy Award-winning front man of System of a Down – spoke about how being the grandchild of Armenian Genocide survivors shaped his life and his career.

In the primetime national television news story, New Zealand’s Newshub (Channel 3) chased Peters around Parliament seeking a response to the criticism levelled at him by Tankian and ANC-NZ.

The coverage also featured Tankian encouraging New Zealand to change its position on a very important issue of human rights, and stop kowtowing to a genocide-denying foreign dictatorship.

“There are dances around the word genocide, because Turkey does not want nations to use that word,” Tankian told Newshub.

Advocacy Week saw members of ANC-NZ, flanked by members of the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU) and distinguished academics, informing a large number of New Zealanders about the Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek genocides, and the importance of achieving justice for such crimes against humanity.

The delegation, which also included Dr. Panayiotis Diamadis from the Australian Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies and Dr. Maria Armoudian from the University of Auckland, met with bureaucrats and parliamentarians, before participating in the event that was headlined by Tankian.

ANC-NZ Chairperson, Hoory Yeldizian was delighted with the results.

“We were able to bring the issue of Armenian Genocide justice, and New Zealand’s incorrect positioning on the issue, to the epicenter of the nation’s politics thanks to our advocacy,” Yeldizian said.

“Due to our meetings, our events in both Wellington and Auckland, and the media coverage that ensued featuring Mr. Tankian and Mr. Peters, tens of thousands of New Zealanders, who were previously unaware of the issue, are now aware.”

Invited to deliver a Vote of Thanks at the event in Parliament House, ANC-AU Executive Director Haig Kayserian reserved special praise for Tankian.

“Serj Tankian is a titan in the defense of the Armenian Cause – always ready to lend his talent, his art, and his platform to deliver on a promise he made to his grandfather before he passed, that he would do his utmost to bring justice for the Armenian Genocide,” Kayserian said. “His grandfather was a survivor of said genocide, as were his three other grandparents.”

“We were honored to witness this champion of the Armenian Cause first-hand in Wellington, and we warmly congratulate our colleagues at the Armenian National Committee of New Zealand, as well as Member of Parliament Gareth Hughes, for advancing justice for the Armenian Genocide,” Kayserian added.

On Wednesday, March 11, Dr. Diamadis and Dr. Armoudian also presented on the Armenian Genocide to an audience of students and academics at the University of Auckland.




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Posted 02 April 2020 - 08:58 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
April 1 2020
Los Angeles County proclaims April as Armenian History Month

Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, has announced April as Armenian History Month.

“As always, we look to the Armenian community as a testament to the importance of perseverance and unity,” she said.

“Since my election, I have been honored to recognize community members of Armenian heritage who were nominated by local organizations for their contributions to culture, civics, business, and faith in our region. Traditionally, we honor those individuals at our Board of Supervisors meetings on a Tuesday in April,” the Supervisor said.

 Unfortunately, she added, due to the pandemic, all presentations at the Board of Supervisors during April have been canceled.

Additionally, she said, the Board’s traditional Day of Remembrance, originally scheduled for April 21 to commemorate and honor the lives lost during the Armenian Genocide, must be canceled as well.

“As the Armenian History Month motion states, we will hold onto the lessons taught to us by our Armenian friends to persevere in unity,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger stated.


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Posted 10 April 2020 - 09:22 AM

Panorama, Armenia
April 9 2020
Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute makes an appeal ahead of April 24

With the April 24, the national day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide approaching, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute urged all Armenians and friends of Armenia around the world to pay tribute to the innocent victims of the tragedy on Facebook.

The public post on the museum-institute’s Facebook page reads:

"The citizens of the Republic of Armenia and Armenians all over the world will commemorate the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Along with Armenians, friends of the Armenian people from all corners of the world will also commemorate the anniversary. For a long time, the Armenian Genocide has moved beyond the boundaries of ethnic memory, not being views as a crime committed against Armenians and a purely Armenian tragedy any longer. It is a universal tragedy, one of the greatest crimes committed against the humanity. A crime, the international recognition and condemnation of which, as well as the elimination of repercussions, are part of the struggle for justice.

Regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country on April 24, regardless of whether the restrictions on the movements of people will be in force on the day due to health and safety concerns, we call for remembering and paying homage to the Armenian Genocide victims, survivors and resistors using the opportunities provided by the Internet.

To this end, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute calls to citizens of Armenia, all our compatriots and friends of the Armenian people to replace their Facebook profile pictures on April 24 with photos of their relatives who fell victim to or survived the Genocide in a frame designed for the purpose. In the absence of photos, write their names and surnames and their brief stories. In case you have no Genocide victim or survivor relative, upload photos of Western Armenian intellectuals who were victims of the Genocide, public and political figures, freedom fighters, private soldiers and commanders. Place photos of the treasures of Western Armenia’s cultural heritage, share images of Western Armenian available to you, adding the simple hashtag #IRemember in Eastern or Western Armenian.

One century has passed since the crime against humanity and civilization in 1915-1923, but its consequences are still there. Armenian people remember their grandparents who fell victim to the Genocide, the dozens of heroes of self-defense battles, the resistors who stood for the right to life, the survivors, who formed the basis not only for the Armenian Diaspora, but also for almost half of today's population of Armenia. They remember the churches and monasteries created over millennia, but now left homeless and ruined, towns and villages, districts and houses, trees and their grandmothers’ stories on fruit flavors, dances, songs and the sweetness of the dialect being forgotten. They remember the prominent representatives of the Armenian intelligentsia: writers, doctors, journalists, art workers, architects, artists, multi-skilled craftsmen, merchants and farmers. They remember those who saved orphans and missionaries, great humanists and benefactors. They remember them with pride and tender emotion.

A century has passed since the Genocide. It's a long time. Times have changed. Currently, the young Republic of Armenia is thirty years old. The time has come to revalue and redefine some realities. During the harsh years of the Genocide, the Armenian people fought not only with weapons but also with spirit. Thousands upon thousands did not betray their religion and language, relatives and friends. Even if they were forced to change their lifestyle, they returned to their roots at the earliest opportunity. Thousands of people simply did not have the opportunity to do so, but the spirit and memory of Armenianness lived in them throughout their lives. People fought and become heroes not only on the battlefield, but also in the daily struggle for survival. Parents saved their children, the little saved the old, neighbors saved each other, strangers saved each other. They shared a piece of bread in a desert or in an orphanage. There have been exceptional examples of family solidarity and mutual assistance, reaching out each other in difficult moments during the Genocide, worth writing novels and poems about.

Therefore, we must continue to properly value the manifestations of moral and dignified behavior, and remember with respect and pride both the victims, resistors and survivors of the Armenian Genocide.”


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Posted 17 April 2020 - 09:26 AM

Haaretz, Israel
April 16 2020
Recognizing the Trauma of the Armenian Genocide Doesn’t Diminish the Holocaust     

When our Yad Vashem guide asked, rhetorically, if we’d ever heard of 'any other Holocausts,' I immediately replied: The Armenian genocide. It took me years to unpack why she dismissed my answer so brusquely 



An Armenian refugee from genocide in Syria mourns her dead child. Photo taken by the aid organization Near East Relief (for Armenian refugees)Library of Congress, Bain Collection 

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Some years ago, as an IDF soldier participating in a Jewish identity-building course, I was taken on a customary visit to Yad Vashem. The memorial site had been newly refurbished, and was packed with mostly elderly visitors. Our guide for the day, a Swiss-born Israeli, started by smugly asking the group, "Have you heard of any other Sho’ot (Holocausts)?" 

Fulfilling my birthright as an Armenian-born Israeli, I immediately raised my hand and earnestly answered, "The Armenian Shoah." The guide shot back with a piercing gaze, "And you think that’s the same thing?" She didn’t expect an answer, and carried on with the tour. 

Barely out of my teenage years, being publicly rebuffed in front of my peers by a figure of authority was humiliating. Needless to say, following that inauspicious start to the visit, I didn’t pay any more attention to the guide, and trudged through the museum, alone with my thoughts.

It took me years to fully comprehend that episode at Yad Vashem. The guide’s insistence that nothing could be comparable to our Shoah concealed a deeper, and ironic truth: for those who survive traumas, patterns of memory are far more similar than she – or I – understood. 
We know that no credible academic or political figure denies the Holocaust. On the other hand, most countries shy away from taking a firm stand on the Armenian genocide, and only a handful have classified it as a genocide. This discrepancy between Europe’s first genocide of the twentieth century and its deadliest is far from coincidental.

Friday 24 April marks the annual memorial day for victims of the Armenian genocide, and this year falls in the same week as Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom HaShoah.

The Armenian genocide is commemorated on the day that marks the start of the genocide. On 24 April 1915, the Ottoman authorities arrested more than 200 of Constantinople’s leading Armenian intellectuals, who were later deported, and most of them killed. 

By contrast, the international community chooses to remember the Holocaust on 27 January, a date which signifies the end: the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet army in 1945. In Israel, Holocaust Remembrance Day takes place on 27 Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the embodiment of Jewish heroism and resilience in the face of destruction. 
24 April comes with no accompanying message of hope or resistance. The choice of date is about victimhood alone, the cornerstone upon which Armenian genocide memorialization has been built ever since.

Armenians have clung to victimhood because they have lacked the means for memorialization available to world Jewry. Jewish communal organizations, individual philanthropists and Western governments have invested huge sums to build Holocaust memorials and museums, manage archives, publish books and collate research. 

Through the State of Israel, established just over three years after the last of the Nazi concentration camps were liberated, Holocaust remembrance had an official advocate in diplomatic circles. While the world powers who backed Israel’s creation did so primarily to advance their own interests in the Middle East, their public rhetoric spoke movingly of the need to right the historic wrongs inflicted upon the Jewish people. Generations of Israeli leaders have reminded their counterparts of the obligation to remember and then to remember some more.


The Armenian people has lacked these tools. Primary evidence of the genocide is scarcer and less accessible. Unlike Nazi Germany, which methodically and rigorously recorded information, the withering Ottoman Empire was a barely functioning state which did not concentrate documents in centralized archives. There was no Ottoman Wannsee conference at which the Armenian genocide was meticulously planned. 

Turkish authorities have largely concealed remaining archival material from public view, and the Turkish state has never accepted responsibility for the genocide – in contrast to Germany, for which assuming responsibility for the Holocaust was an essential precondition for its acceptance into the family of nations.

Survivors held on to extensive evidence of the genocide, including photographs, videos and written and oral testimonies. But for Armenian emigrants to the Western world, it took time to amass sufficient social and financial capital to promote public remembrance. Armenians who remained in the Soviet Union faced a decades-long Russification campaign designed to blur national minorities’ particular identities and histories. 

Only after the Republic of Armenia declared independence in 1991, more than 75 years after the genocide, could an Armenian government act as custodian to the memory of the genocide. But post-Soviet Armenia was a poor country focused on the bumpy transition to a free-market economy and preoccupied by the prolonged Nagorno-Karabakh War with neighboring Azerbaijan. Only from the 2000s did the Armenian state stabilize and begin to devote significant resources to public relations campaigns around genocide memorialization. 

In the Diaspora, Armenian-American media personality Kim Kardashian West has publicized visits to the Armenian Genocide Museumin Yerevan and applauded the U.S. Congress’ recognition of the genocide to her millions of followers. Kardashian West’s mobilization on the issue is particularly notable in the context of the Holocaust, which has had no shortage of celebrity affirmations over the years.

The Armenian genocide and the Holocaust were not perpetrated independently of one another. Hitler reportedly told Wehrmacht commanders on the eve of the German invasion of Poland in 1939 not to worry about the consequences of killing innocent civilians, for "Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?"

Among those who did speak out, through actions as well as words, were the eleven Armenian individuals and families recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations – mostly genocide survivors who made their homes anew across Europe and recognized their obligation to help the helpless.

I am a descendent of Holocaust survivors on my father’s side and Armenian genocide survivors on my mother’s side. The trans-generational trauma and deep sense of uprooting is equally powerful in both cases. When somebody is affected by trauma, it can often help them to hear from people with similar experiences, and claiming exclusivity over trauma helps nobody. 


Yet while Holocaust education is considered the benchmark for responsible historical education throughout the developed world, descendants of Armenian genocide survivors still have to fight for the genocide to be recognized as such. As I discovered at Yad Vashem, even Holocaust educators, who do outstanding work in explaining one trauma, also need training in understanding and empathizing with other traumas.

Given the amount of readily accessible information about the genocide that exists in the smartphone age, it should no longer be the exclusive responsibility of survivors and their descendants, constrained as they are by a range of geopolitical, economic and circumstantial factors, to commemorate its victims.

Whether by visiting the Gulbenkian Library in the Old City of Jerusalem, home to one of the world’s largest repositories of materials about the genocide, or by encouraging local school boards to teach the subject in history curriculums, individuals have plenty of power to change the narrative through bottom-up initiatives. 

24 April need not only tell a story of victimhood, but can also testify to survival and cultural regeneration, and be one part of a universal story which, for Israelis, should be particularly resonant. 

Sivan Gaides was born in Armenia to a Jewish father and an Armenian mother, and made aliyah with her family in 1990. She holds a BA and MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has been involved in Jewish education for two decades, including working as a Jewish Agency emissary in Germany and India. She lives in Tel Aviv. Twitter: @sivanella2015 

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 07:55 AM

Panorama, Armenia
April 17 2020
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Divine Liturgy in commemoration of the victims of the Armenian Genocide to be held behind the closed doors

Special Divine Liturgies will be celebrated in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and all churches of the Armenian Apostolic Church on April 24, the annual commemoration day of the Armenian Genocide.

The Liturgies will be held behind the closed doors, the Information Department at the Mother See said in a statement. Following the Liturgy a special Repose of Souls service will offered in memory of the 1.5 million victims of the Genocide.

On the same day, at 12.00, the bells of all Churches will ring in memory of the 1.5 million victims of the Genocide, said the source.


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Posted 24 April 2020 - 09:48 AM

Yes varelem momeres :) 

I pray for all the souls that perished, may they rest in peace. Including my own grandparents on both sides, uncle and aunts. It's not fun to grow, not knowing the love of these loving family members.

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Posted 27 April 2020 - 08:17 AM

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April 24, 2020
Mischa Wegner in memory of the Armenian genocide April 24, 1915 - April 24, 2015

Armin T. Wegner

Thinking about my father, trying to see, through his eyes and in his memory

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So today my father would write: ... more than a century has passed since the Armenian genocide. Even larger peoples have suffered tremendous pain. Full of shame the witness is there ... in the deserts of Anatolia and Syria ... he saw something that no one could have seen without risking his life. But silence has also created around him, in any direction he turns knocks on closed doors: ... "we have our pain, why do we have to worry about the pain of others long forgotten?

Perhaps today it is no longer so. One day, one month, one year, the days of remembrance return, but for the first time we too feel out of time , suspended, closed in our homes without understanding the reason for what is happening, and perhaps we are more willing to think and share the pain of others.
We seem to be suffering from hopeless violence for the future, as happened to the Armenians on that April 24, 1915.

The evil of the present, but above all the uncertainty of the future create a strong link with that past even if we feel the impossibility of a comparison. It is about moods.
For the first time we experience fear , we know who the enemy is but defending ourselves is difficult, sometimes impossible and we can only try not to meet him. We do not understand, we do not know why the threat dominates us, we are not allowed to ask for the meaning of this fury and we are dragged into a path of which we do not know the outcome.
For the first time in these days, the young generations live directly in their hearts the fear of when, due to unexpected events, they find themselves halfway between the past and the future and it turns out that nothing will return as before.

In genocides, those in power decreed who had the right to live and who was to be exterminated, with its history and past. Men, women, children, old people torn from life, lost forever, ended up in pain.

Today suddenly a family member is taken away supported by strangers, no one knows what fate. The only hope, today as then, is placed in the hidden Righteous who fight for life, to stop evil.

Never as in these days of confinement can we open ourselves to the drama of the forgotten and denied Armenian people, to hear the story of the tragic fate of many human beings close by. Our pain and our difficulties can give rise to thoughts of sharing and solidarity, first of all aimed at those close to us, but then extended to the present and past of the world, to a wider humanity.

We warn that this time it is not only commemoration, celebration, but the awareness that Armenians, Jews and many other peoples have been in a world of suffering and evil, that evil repeats itself in the most improbable and unexpected ways and that still a time the answers are missing.

Armin T. Wegner, my father, a Just for the Armenians and for the Jews, a witness of truth who spoke for "a larger invisible community", with the awareness of not having been able to complete the work started: the delivery to us for another stretch of road.


Analysis by Mischa Wegner, son of the Righteous Armin T. Wegner

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Posted 27 April 2020 - 08:19 AM


President of Uruguay’s Chamber of Representatives issues message on Armenian Genocide anniversary

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YEREVAN, APRIL 25, ARMENPRESS.  The President of the Chamber of Representatives of Uruguay (1st country to recognize Armenian Genocide) Martín Lema addressed a message to the Armenian people. ARMENPRESS reports Lema expressed solidarity with the Armenian people.

In his message The President of the Chamber of Representatives of Uruguay says that this year it was impossible to implement commemoration events due to the extraordinary situation. He reminded that this year marks the 55th anniversary of the law adopted by the parliament of Uruguay, which was the 1st to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide.


In 1915, the crime perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians was the first genocide of 20th century. 1.5 million Armenians were killed, many were deported from their motherland. The Armenians worldwide commemorate 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24. Nearly 3 dozens of countries have recognized and condemned the Armenian Genocide.

Reporting by Norayr Shoghikyan, Editing and translating by Tigran Sirekanyan




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Posted 28 April 2020 - 07:12 AM

News.am, Armenia
April 27 2020
30-year-old Armenian singer shares what he felt during performance at Armenian Genocide Memorial
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Soloist of Yerevan State Chamber Choir Andranik Malkhasyan, 30, couldn’t hold back his tears while performing Komitas’ song “Dzayn Toor, Ov Sokhak” at the peak of Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex on April 24th and shared what he felt at the commemoration event during a conversation with Armenian News-NEWS.am.

“I had never performed at such a concert. When I was there, I had totally different feelings and impressions and had a great sense of responsibility,” he said, adding that only after his performance did he realize that he had cried while singing the song.

Andranik Malkhasyan graduated from Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, has been performing as a soloist of Yerevan State Chamber Choir for three years and has been starring in plays at the National Academic Theater of Opera for eight years. He is also a member of the Komitas Choir at the Conservatory. He has participated in several concerts, won international competitions and received the Presidential Award of Armenia.




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Posted 21 May 2020 - 08:43 AM

AINA - Assyrian International News Agency
May 19 2020
Greek, Assyrian, Armenian Genocide Memorial Erected in Berlin
Posted 2020-05-19 16:27 GMT

20200519122459.jpgEcumenical memorial for the victims of the Turkish genocide of Assyrians, Greeks and Armenians, in Berlin.(AINA) -- An ecumenical memorial for the victims of the Turkish genocide of Assyrians, Greeks and Armenians has been erected in Berlin by the The Association for the Promotion of an Ecumenical Memorial to Genocide Victims in the Ottoman Empire (FÖGG).


The Turkish genocide targeted the Christian populations of the Ottoman Empire during World War One and killed 750,000 Assyrians (75%), 1 million Greeks and 1.5 million Armenians.


Related: The Assyrian Genocide


According to the website for the new memorial, this is the first combined memorial for all three groups who were victims of the genocide. The website provides information about the demographic, socio-economic and cultural local and regional specifics of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian communities in the Ottoman Empire and in the 1914 and 1918 Ottoman-occupied territories in Northwest Iran, including memoirs of those affected and third contemporary witnesses, information on the history of Christian communities in the Ottoman Empire -- as well as visual material for Ottoman provinces.



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Posted 25 May 2020 - 07:38 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
May 24 2020
105 years ago Entente Powers called the massacre of Armenians “crimes against humanity”

On May 24, 1915 the Entente powers (France, Russia and United Kingdom) adopted a joint declaration, condemning the Armenian massacres in the Ottoman Empire, calling the atrocities “crimes against humanity,” the Armenian Genocide Museum Institute informs.

The first and most important document on the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide was officially published in the capitals of three countries and was handed to the Turkish authorities.

The declaration reads: For abut a month the Kurd and Turkish population in Armenia has been massacring Armenians with the connivance and often assistance of Ottoman authorities. Such massacres took place in middle April (new style) at Erzrum, Dertchun, Eguine, Akn, Bitlis, Mush, Sasun, Zeitun and throughout Cilicia. Inhabitants of about one hundred villages near Van were all murdered. In that city Armenian quarter, us besieged by Kurds. At the same time in Constantinople Ottoman Government ill-treats inoffensive Armenian population, In view of those new crimes of Turkey against humanity and civilization, the Allied Government announce publicly to the Sublime-Porte that they will hold personally responsible (for) these crimes all members of the ottoman government and those of their agents who are implicated in such massacres.

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