Due the reconstruction works, as well as preparation of the new exhibitions, Armenian Genocide museum will be closed till April 20, 2015.
The Armenian Genocide Museum – Institute
Director of Armenian Genocide Museum Responds to Erdoghan’s Statement
I am taken by surprise that after 99 years of the Genocide that the Ottoman government committed in the course of WWI against Armenians and other Christians in the Ottoman Empire, the Turkish leader of today simply expresses regret about the ‘events of 1915’ on the eve of April 24 – the Genocide Memorial Day. I have to confess that this is an important step, but regretfully not in a direction of revealing the truth, facing the history and enabling reconciliation between Armenian and Turkish peoples.
The Minister of National Defence of Lithuania honored the Memory of the Armenian genocide victims
The delegation headed by the Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania Juozas Olekas visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex at 23 April, 2014.
The Minister of National Defence laid a wreath at the Genocide Memorial,members of the delegation laid flowers at the eternal fire and and honored the memory of the innocent victims with a minute of silence.
Second Day of International Conference Dedicated to WWI
“The Caucasus Frontline of the First World War: Genocide, Refugees and Humanitarian Aid” international conference started its second day, at the conference hall of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.
AGMI researchers Ph.D. in history Gevorg Vardanyan, Gohar Khanumyan, Lusine Abrahamyan, Robert Tatoyan, as well as researcher of Armenian National Academy of Science Ph.D. in history Knarik Avagyan, and researcher of the Sardarapat museum Khoren Grigoryan, participated in the conference with their reports.
The International conference started at Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute
The international conference “The Caucasus Frontline of the First World War: Genocide, Refugees and Humanitarian Aid” started at 21 April at Armenian Genocide Museum.
Leading specialists from Armenia, Russia, Italy, Canada, France, Poland and the United States will take part in the conference.
During the two-day conference speakers will refer to the recruitment of the Armenians in the
Ottoman Empire during World War I, their disarmament, the Armenian Genocide perpetrated
by the Young Turk government, the Pan-Turkish network operations, the activities of foreign
journalists, the Armenian battles of self-defense, the diplomatic role of warring countries,
testimonies, Armenian voluntary movement, Armenian refugees and issues related to survivors.
The Тemporary exhibition “The First World War: Allies, Images and Massacres” has opened at AGMI
On the occasion of centennial of World War I, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute has opened a temporary exhibition “The First World War: Allies, Images and Massacres”.
The exhibition demonstrates hundreds of newly found original caricatures, postcards and posters that represent a unique iconography condemning Turkey as a country that perpetrated genocide.
The Annual Press Conference of the AGMI director Hayk Demoyan
The annual press conference of the Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, the Secretary of the State Commission on Coordination of the events dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Hayk Demoyan held at Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.
During the press conference Hayk Demoyan presented last year’s activities of the Museum-Institute and addressed to the results and achievements.
Commanders of the Frontier Troop Headquarters of CIS Member States visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex
Commanders of the Frontier Troop Headquarters of CIS Member States visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex.
Suren Manukyan, the Deputy Director of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute presented to the Commanders of the Frontier Troop Headquarters of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan the general history of the Armenian Genocide.
Genocide and Evacuation
The Evacuation of Armenian Children from the Ottoman Empire during 1915-1923
As a result of the Armenian Genocide about 500 000 Armenian children were killed during 1915-1923 (they were burned, poisoned, strangled), some of them died of starvation and various epidemic diseases. The children, who survived the Genocide were left orphaned and were forced to convert to Islam. The Armenian associations, church organizations, foreign relief organizations (American Near East Relief Committee, The Lord Mayor’s Fund of London, Danish Women's Union, The Russian Red Cross, Union of Russian Cities, etc.), as well as international organizations (Red Cross, The League of Nations) were involved in saving the survived Armenian children from impending death and bringing them out of the Ottoman borders.
Taking the children, who were on the verge of death, out of the Ottoman Empire would insure their physical security and solve the problem of residency and national education.
International Conference “On the Eve of the Centennial of Armenian Genocide” in Buenos Aires
On 9-11 April, under the auspices of the Armenian Embassy in Buenos Aires an international conference “On the Eve of the Centennial of Armenian Genocide” was held in Borges cultural centre, Buenos Aires. The conference was organized by the Genocide Studies Center of the State University of Buenos Aires and Genocide Memorial Fund of Buenos Aires.
Academic representatives and institute researchers from Argentina, Armenia, USA, Mexico, Brazil, France, Switzerland and Turkey took part in the conference.
Scholar Captures Tragedy, Miracle Of Aurora Mardiganian’s Life Story
ARLINGTON, Mass. — In the 1920s, the name and face of Aurora Mardiganian were well known in the United States and beyond. Her autobiography, Ravished Armenia; the Story of Aurora Mardiganian, was a bestseller and the movie based on it, “An Auction of Souls,” was a hit too. However, in the ensuing decades, she was forgotten, becoming another one of the anonymous casualties of the Armenian Genocide.
She is now being reclaimed by the Armenians in an effort led by Dr. Hayk Demoyan, director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan.
Demoyan presented an illustrated lecture about Mardiganian on March 8 at the Armenian Cultural Foundation, at a program co-sponsored by the foundation, the Armenian International Women’s Association and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research.
High-ranking officials of the CSTO visited Tsitsernakaberd
The delegation headed by the Deputy Chief of Air Force Air Defence, Chief of Staff of Aerospace Defense Forces of the Russian Armed Forces, the First Deputy
Commander of Aerospace Defence Forces Lieutenant-General Pavel
Kurachenko, secretary of the council of the CIS defence ministers Lieutenant General Alexander Sinaisky and Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff Lieutenant General Alexander Studenikin on April 9, 2014 visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex.
International Conference Honored Those Who had Helped Rescue
the Generation of Armenian Genocide Survivors
The International conference “Honoring Those Who Helped Rescue a Generation of Armenian Survivors (1915-1930)” was held at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum in Mission Hills, Los-Angeles on March 22, 2014.
On the occasion of the one-hundredth anniversary of World War I, the event gave a tribute to all the countries and individuals that had sacrificed much to aid a perishing nation.
Armenians in Kesab: The Ongoing Battle for Survival
The Armenian populated area of Kesab (with its center of the rural town of Kesab) is located in the north-west of Syria, in Aleppo province, near Alexsandretta, Antioch and Latakia and 3 km far from the Mediterranean Sea.
The presence of the Armenians in Cilicia and in coastal regions of Assyria is evidenced by the times of Tigran the Great.
AGMI director Dr Hayk Demoyan presented newly discovered materials related to the Aurora Mardiganian in the US
The lecture of AGMI director Dr Hayk Demoyan, dedicated to Aurora Mardiganian was hold in Boston on March 8. The event was organized in commemoration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.
It was hosted by the Armenian Cultural Foundation and co-sponsored by the National Association for Armenian Research (NAASR) and Armenian International Women’s Association (AIWAI).
Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivan Mrkić commemorates Armenian Genocide victims
A delegation headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivan Mrkić, on March 10, 2014 visited the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex.
Mr. Ivan Mrkić laid a wreath at the monument. The members of the delegation put flowers at the Eternal Fire and honored the memory of the innocent victims with a minute of silence.
Heads of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute and the Shoah Memorial had a meeting in Paris
On 4th March a meeting was held between Secretary of the State Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Director of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Hayk Demoyan and Jacques Fredj Director of the Shoah Memorial in Paris.
During the meeting Demoyan and Fredj discussed the ways of cooperation between the two institutions in fields of joint researches, developing educational programs development and information exchanging.
Visit of the Participants of the First Pan-Armenian Winter Games to the Armenian Genocide Memorial
Participants of the First Pan-Armenian Winter Games visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial on February 28. 2014. The sportsmen's delegation from different countries laid a wreathes at the memorial of the Armenian Genocide victims. The visitors laid flowers at the eternal fire of the Genocide victims with a minute of silence in remembrance of the innocent victims.
The President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili visited Tsitsernakaberd
The President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, who arrived to Yerevan with an official visit, accompanied by the high-ranking officials of RA and Georgia, visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex.
The Georgian delegation paid a tribute of respect to the victims of the Armenian genocide and put flowers at the memorial of the Armenian genocide.
President of the Hellenic Parliament Evangelos Meimarakis visited Tsitsernakaberd
A delegation headed President of the Hellenic Parliament, Mr. Evangelos Meimarakis on February 25, 2014 visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex.
Mr. Evangelos Meimarakis laid a wreath at the monument. The members of the delegation put flowers at the Eternal Fire and honored the memory of the innocent victims with a minute of silence.
The English edition of “The Armenian Genocide: Evidence from the German Foreign Office Archives, 1915-1916” was published by The Zoryan Institute
The Zoryan Institute (Toronto), has published the English edition of “The Armenian Genocide: Evidence from the German Foreign Office Archives, 1915-1916”. The book includes hundreds of telegrams, letters and reports from German consular officials in the Ottoman Empire to the Foreign Office in Berlin. The documents provide unequivocal evidence of the genocidal intent of the Young Turks and the German government’s official acquiescence complicity.
The exceptional importance of these documents is underscored by the fact that only German diplomats and military officials were able to send uncensored reports out of Turkey during World War I.
Hovhannes Tumanyan -145
19th February, 2014 is the 145th birth anniversary of renowned poet, writer, literary, and national public figure Hovhannes Tumanyan. In the years of Armenian Genocide he couldn’t be indifferent to the fate of his nation.
On 1915 he together with his daughter Nvard moved from Tiflis to Echmiadzin, where the Armenian refugees were sheltered, and most of them where homeless orphans. Here, with the direct supervision and control of H. Tumanyan an orphanage was opened, where about 3000 children were sheltered.
The delegation of the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union visited Tsiternakaberd
The delegation of the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union visited Tsiternakaberd Memorial at February 18. The members of the delegation put flowers at the Eternal Fire and honored the memory of the innocent victims of the Armenian genocide with a minute of silence. British delegation also visited the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute and got acquainted with the British press archives from the collection of AGMI, presenting Armenian massacres.
Verdugo Views: A bottle label leads to research
Article by Katherine Yamada, published in Glendale News Press agency
While browsing in an antique shop in Oregon last summer, a tiny, glass bottle filled with grains of rice caught my eye. I picked it up and read the label. "The daily ration for 750 children in 1 Near East [Armenian] Relief Orphanage is 40 pounds of rice, less than 7/8 ounce per child. For lack of this small amount, they are turning children away by the thousands. Will you help?"
The label included the names of Samuel C. Lancaster as state chairman and J.J. Handsaker as director and included an address of 606 Stock Exchange Bldg., Portland, Ore. There was no date or any other information.
Intrigued, I purchased the bottle, brought it home and put it on a shelf; promising myself that I would research this artefact one day.
The Story of Henry Morgenthau published in Eastern Armenian
The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute for the first time presents to the Armenian reader the entire memories of U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire (1913-1916) Henry Morgenthau, in Eastern Armenian edition.
These memoirs have the significant of a unique source for the history of the Armenian Genocide, particularly, to reveal the folds of the crime, which was determined and planned by the Turkish Government, and to identify and explore the mental of the Turkish criminal regime of that time. The memoir of U.S. Ambassador is a monumental work indeed, where the represented facts and testimonies undeniably prove the fact of planned and committed Genocide.
In Memoriam of Aurora Mardiganian: 20th anniversary of the death
The story of life of Arshalouys (Aurora) Mardiganian, girl from Chmshkatsag, who survived the Genocide, is one of many impressive and thrilling stories, through those the whole story of the Armenian Genocide could be told.
Witnessing the deaths of her family members brutally murdered in front of her eyes, fourteen years Arshalouys was tortured and ravished by German officers, at harems of Turkish officials and Kurdish tribesmen.
Military physician Haroutyoun Khachatryan awarded with “Righteous Among the Nations Award”
Haroutyoun Khachatryan, being military physician during World War II posthumously awarded with “Righteous Among the Nations Award”, by the Jewish "Yad Vashem" organization. During the event on 4th February Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel to Armenia Mr. Shmuel Mayrom and Honorary Consul of Israel in Armenia Ashot Shakhmuradyan handed the medal to Haroutyoun Khachatryan’s granddaughter, Armenian singer Anna Khachatryan.
The Guardian published the story of 106 years old Armenian Genocide survivor
The Guardian refers to the story of 106 years old Armenian Genocide survivor in a special project «First World War: memories of the last survivors» with four other European newspapers.
«The diminutive old woman does not go out in Marseille much any more. She hunches over a cane and is spoilt, mollycoddled by her daughter and grandchildren. Ask her about her childhood, and she becomes perfectly alert. Ovsanna Kaloustian is 106 years old, and one of the last survivors of the Armenian genocide of 1915. As a memory bearer, she is perfectly aware of the role she has to play almost a century later. "God let me live this long so that I could tell the story," she says».
The Book of Whispers” by Varujan Voskanian
The novel “The Book of Whispers” by Romanian writer of Armenian origin Varujan Voskanian was published in 2009, in Bucharest and became one of the highest scored and awarded of the publishing year.
“The Book of Whispers” narrates about The Armenian Genocide and the horrors of 20th century. This shocking work received high evaluations from the international media and literary circles for presenting with almost documentary accuracy the horrors of Genocide and stories of Armenian resettlers, trying to survive in foreign lands.
“The Armenian Genocide. The Mechanisms of Decision-making and Implementation” by Arsen Avakyan was published by Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute
The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute has published the work of Doctor of Historical Science Arsen Avakyan “The Armenian Genocide, The Mechanisms of Decision-making and Implementation”. The book reveals the mechanisms of decision-making and their implementation during World War I and the years after war , based on archives and primary sources.
The book analyzes deeply the inner structure of The Committee of Union and Progress, which made the decision of Armenians extermination, the intergroup configuration of power in the central body of this party, and the structure and creation process of "Special Organization". It also covers the responsibility of Young Turks and the Parliament in destruction the Christian population all over the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
The Status of the Armenian Deportees Settled In Syria as a Result of the Armenian Genocide and the Armenian - Arab Relations (1915-1924), by Narine Margaryan
The book of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute scholar Narine Margaryan, PHD was published. The book titled “The Status of the Armenian Deportees Settled In Syria as a Result of the Armenian Genocide and the Armenian - Arab Relations (1915-1924)”.
The book sheds light on the problems of the Armenians settled in Syria after the Armenian Genocide. It researches the attitude of the Syrian Arabs to the Armenians. At the same time it focused also on the treatment of the Arab governors and chieftains to the Armenians, then the policy under Emir Feisal rule (1918-1920), and in the first years of the French mandate (1920-1924). It discusses the development of the relations between the Arabs and the Armenians during those years.
The South African Responses to the Armenian Genocide
Dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela
As a result of the collecting works of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, a rare document was found, which witnesses a humanitarian assistance of a South African tribe to the Armenian orphans in 1921.
One of the reverends of the Independent church of South Africa, from the name of his community of 250 people, made a contribution to Armenians, who were victims of the Turkish barbarity, in the case when they were also in poor conditions.
This is a unique testimony of the protection of human rights and humanism, which recognizes no racial and geographic restrictions or boundaries.