Posts Tagged ‘genocide’

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[Beneficiaries Portraits]: Lyudvig Yeghiazaryan, the Armenian Genocide Survivor.

April 23, 2010

By Marina Bazayeva

Let us present a story that Grandpa Lyudvig told us. He passed away recently. There are fewer and fewer survivors of the Armenian Genocide with us today. We should not forget the generation that suffered immensely. And we will never allow the tragedy to repeat anytime, anywhere.

The story is real and very interesting and the teller a very charming man, a once favored recipient of the Atinizians Senior Center. He was kind-hearted and always smiling. We translated his life story from Armenian and hope we did not lose the feelings Mr. Lyudvig conveyed to us. His astonishing memory was amazing. He recalled a lot about the old days, and his insights are invaluable to the younger generation.

Please continue reading here.

Lyudvig Yeghiazaryan, the Armenian Genocide Survivor

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Credit: Yeghiazaryan Family Trust

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[FAR New York]: FAR Attends Conference on Cultural Genocide.

April 23, 2010

Representatives from FAR attended an international conference on Tuesday, April 20, which was organized by The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute and the Republic of Armenia Diaspora Ministry. The conference was held in the museum’s Erebuni Hall.

This particular event focused on cultural genocide — the destruction of the national, spiritual, and cultural heritage of a people. Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobyan opened. She was followed by panels moderated by representatives from Yerevan State University, Armenia’s Constitutional Court, and the Ministry of Justice from the Netherlands, among others. Experts also spoke about the genocide’s impact on Armenian art, language, and music.

The conference is one of the many events FAR has participated in this week as we approach the 95th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24.

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Credit: Ara Jingirian

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[Web Wrap]: Film on Armenian Genocide wins praise in Germany.

April 22, 2010

AGHET, a new documentary on the Armenian Genocide, premiered last weekend throughout Germany and has received exceptional praise.

Aghet, meaning “Calamity” in Armenian, has been produced by Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR, North German Broadcasting) and addresses the political motives of the Genocide and the silence that continues to this day. An English version is forthcoming.

Please visit the Center for Armenian Remembrance for more information. You will find links to the documentary’s site and other relevant information about the film.

Read about the documentary on Armenia Now.

Watch it in German.

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[Events]: Readings from Armenian Authors Deported From Constantinople on April 24, 1915.

April 20, 2010

The Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center, together with Columbia University Armenian Club, the Armenian Students Association, the Armenian Network and the Knights and Daughters of Vartan, invite you to a unique evening in St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral (at 630 Second Avenue) — on Thursday, April 22 at 7 pm — geared towards better understanding the meaning of the events of April 24, 1915.

New York City artists, authors and others will read selections from the works of Armenian authors of Istanbul who were rounded up and taken away to be killed on April 24.

Readings will feature pieces from those Armenian authors who were successfully murdered after their deportation and those who miraculously survived.

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[FAR New York]: The next sacred relic.

April 19, 2010

When Margaret Ajemian Ahnert’s book The Knock at the Door about her mother Ester’s terrifying experience during the Armenian genocide was published in the USA in 2007, it immediately received wide critical acclaim. Marina Bazayeva and FAR Press Secretary Levon Lachikyan recently translated the text into Armenian thanks to a Fund for Armenian Relief initiative. On March 30 many gathered to celebrate this great work.

Margaret traveled from the U.S. to be at the Armenian Genocide Museum for the presentation of the book’s new translation. She was joined by several important members of the community, including FAR Executive Director Garnik Nanagoulian, staff from FAR Armenia, and AGBU President Berge Sedrakian, along with others.
Before the start of the ceremony, Margaret took a moment to pay tribute to the victims of the Armenian genocide. At the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex she gently laid a wreath at the monument and bowed to the eternal flame in memorial.

Genocide Museum Institute Deputy Director Suren Manukyan solemnly opened the ceremony with a speech. Levon followed with another speech, which briefly but beautifully described the historical, national, and aesthetic values of the memorial.

“The year 2015 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide,” he said with resonance. “At that time, there will hardly be any live witnesses who were saved from the massacre. This printed book thus acquires the value of a sacred relic.”

He concluded by congratulating Margaret on the Armenian translation of her book. “I’m excited that henceforth Ester Ahronian-Minerajian’s emotive story will be told in her native Armenian language,” he added.

At the end of the ceremony, Margaret graciously thanked all participants and expressed her joy about the new translation. The Republic of Armenia Diaspora Ministry awarded her with the Gratitude Certificate, and the museum presented her with the honorable “Musa Dagh Battle” medal.

Margaret Ahnert at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex

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Credit: Felix Arustamyan

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[Web Wrap]: Testimonials to Tragedy – Artifacts, Memoirs and Remembrance.

April 13, 2010

The Zohrab Center, together with Columbia University Armenian Club, the Armenian Students Association and the Armenian Network invite you join us on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Guild Hall (at the Diocesan Complex) for an evening of reflection upon the voices of Armenian survivors with authors Peter Balakian and Nancy Kricorian along with Mariam Stepanian of the Armenian Museum and Library of America and Ruth Thomasian of Project SAVE.

Click here for more information.

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[Web Wrap]: Genocide Symposium April 6th in NYC.

April 5, 2010

Symposium on Preventing Genocide Through Awareness, Insight, Education will be held 6:30 pm on Tuesday April 6 at the Armenian General Benevolent Union, 7th Floor at 55 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues), New York City. The evening will also include the premier of Dr. Michael Hagopian’s film “The River Ran Red.”

Link to the event.