Participants of Aurora Award took part in the 101th anniversary of Armenian Genocide at AGMI
First he presented the permanent exhibition of the museum referring to the historical episodes, details, people and developments of the Armenian Genocide. Then, Demoyan presented to the leaders of humanitarian field the new exhibition of AGMI. The exhibition is titled “The Road of Aurora, Odyssey of Armenian Genocide Survivor” and includes personal items of Aurora Martiganian, photographs, original posters of her movie “Auction of the Souls”, different publication of her book describing her life story.
101st Anniversary of Armenian Genocide
RA President Pays Tribute to the Innocent Martyrs of Armenian Genocide
In April 24, RA President Serj Sargsyan and the First Lady visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex.
RA President laid a wreath at the Monument and flowers near the eternal fire of the Memorial Complex.
The President was accompanied with Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II, high-ranking officials and clergymen. Charles Aznavour and famous actor George Clooney along with the founders and participants of “Aurora” Awards took part in the commemoration ceremony near the eternal fire.
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at Armenian genocide museum-institute
Today Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Armenian Genocides Museum-Institute. Sergei Lavrov accompanied with the RA Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan, the Russian delegation, and Russian Ambassador to Armenia I. K. Volynkin laid a wreath at the Genocide Monument and honored the memory of the innocent martyrs with a minute of silence.
Russian Foreign Minister visited the Genocide Museum halls accompanied with AGMI Director Hayk Demoyan. AGMI Directed briefly presented the main stages of the Armenian Genocide history, important episodes, described the history and the further process. Sergei Lavrov left a note in the Memory Book of honorable guests.
German bundestag deputy dr. Christophe Bergner visited Armenian genocide museum-institute
In April 22, German Bundestag deputy and member of the ruling coalition CDU / CSU parliamentary Dr. Christophe Bergner visited Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. Dr. Bergner and German Ambassador to Armenia Bernhard Matthias Kiesler laid a wreath at the Genocide Monument and honored the memory of the innocent victims with a minute of silence. AGMI Deputy Director Suren Manukyan presented to the guests the brief history of the monument, its construction and the symbolic explanation of the structure, after which German high-ranking guests visited the Genocide Museum and got acquainted with the facts and episodes of the Armenian Genocide.
At the end of the visit Suren Manukyan presented to Christophe Bergner the English translation of AGMI “Armenian Genocide: Front page coverage in the world press, 1853-1925”.
“Armenian genocide: front page coverage in the world press, 1853-1925” exhibition opened in the french city of Bourg-les-Valence
In 15th of April, the exhibition “Armenian Genocide: Front page coverage in the world press, 1853-1925” was opened in the Library of La Passerelle in the French city of Bourg-les-Valence.
The exhibition was organized by Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, the urban community of Valence-Roman Sud Rhône-Alpes, Library of La Passerelle, and Valence Armenian culture house. The opening ceremony was held by the presence of Mayor of Valence and president of Valence-Roman Sud Rhône-Alpes community Nicolas Daragon, Mayor of Bourg-lès-Valence Marlène Mourier, Vice Consul of Armenia in Lyon Lusine Movsisyan, as well as other representatives of the region.
AGMI EXHIBITION ON SELF-DEFENSE BATTLES IN THE YEARS OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE HAS BEEN DELIVERED TO THE MILITARY INSTITUTE
On 13 April, AGMI exhibition “Struggling for life and dignity: self-defense battles in the years of Armenian Genocide” has been delivered to the Military Institute after V. Sargsyan.
The heroic episodes of self-defense battles were exhibited at Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute since December 2015. Now it is considered appropriate to present this topic as a permanent exhibition at the Military Institute in order to let the cadets, future soldiers to deal with the topic and understand that the genocide is not just massacres, but also is a self-defense and heroic fighting.
“We well not have any more Armenians in Turkey”
Armenian Genocide in the documents of the Allied Countries
of the Ottoman Empire
The Armenian Genocide, which was the culmination of Turkish anti Armenian state policy, began under the cover of World War I. Today, on the base of the Turkish state history and historiography lays the principle of denial, which aims at presenting the Armenian Genocide as a consequence of war, not a result of carefully planned program.
However, many documents from the different countries’ diplomatic archives clearly state the existence of a purpose of the planned and consistent destruction of Armenian people.
The telegraphic reports and reports of the allied German and Austro-Hungarian diplomatic and military figures deployed in the Ottoman Empire are very important from the side of revealing the question of the Turkish state responsibility.
German and Austro-Hungarian diplomats continued their activity after the entry of the Ottoman Empire in the war. The examination and comparison of their reports shows that the World War I was an opportunity and not a cause for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.
RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER DMITRY MEDVEDEV VISITED TSITSERNAKABERD MEMORIAL COMPLEX
Within the framework of the official visit to Armenia Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex. The Prime Minister honored the memory of the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide with a minute of silence near the eternal fire of the memorial. He also watered the fir, which he had planted in 2008 in the Memory Alley of the Armenian Genocide Memorial.
SOGHOMON TEHLIRIAN- 120
“Soghomon Tehlirian, himself, is no more than a symbol, a speck in which the sufferings of a mistreated race have crystallized. Having been put into the desperate state of self-defence, turned to retaliation.”
Armin Theophil Wegner
Soghomon Tehlirian was born on April 2, 1896 in the village of Bagarij in Yerznka (Western Armenia). He was the youngest child of Khachatur and Hnazand Tehilrian. He attended the local Protestant College (1905-06), then Yerznka Central College (1907-1911). In 1914, at the age of 18 he moved to Serbia, where his father and uncle were working. He wanted to get higher education in Germany.
CYPRUS CRIMINALIZE THE DENIAL OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
On 2 of April, Cypriot parliament unanimously voted in favor of the bill criminalizing Armenian Genocide denial.
Cyprus became the fourth county after Slovakia, Switzerland and Greece to criminalize the denial of Armenian Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Cypriot law punishes the denial of Armenian Genocide by 5 years imprisonment or penalty of 10 thousand euro.
Aghavni Mkrtich Mkrtchian’s testimony
Aghavni Mkrtchian is a native of Bitlis. Before the massacres there were seven boys and five girls in their family. All the sons were killed by the Turks. They also killed Aghavni’s father, and her mother died of cholera in Etchmiadzin. A witness represents their deportation path telling about the bloodstained Euphrates and the crucial meeting with Hovhannes Tumanyan.
We are natives of Bitlis. I’m the granddaughter of Moukhsi Vardan. The Turks destroyed our house. Our family was composed of seventy members. There were seven boys and five girls in our family. All the boys have been killed by the Turks. From our large family, only I have survived and Missak, who is now a general in Moscow.
The Genocide of One Settlement: Khotorjur and Surrounding Villages
Khotorjur village, which was populated with Armenians, was one of the centers of Kiskim district of the Erzeroum province. The Khotorjur Armenians were Catholic creed (about 7,000), due to which the settlement was called "little Rome".
By the order of Turkish authorities the deportation of Khotorjur and surrounding villages to Mesopotamia took place in May-June 1915. The population, which was divided into five groups, was deported part by part.
All groups of migrants of Khotorjur were subjected to massacres all the way of deportation. Just at the beginning of the way the first group was almost completely destroyed. The corpses were thrown into the river Chorokh by the Turkish and Kurdish slaughterers.
The second group was massacred in a valley on the road between Gasapa and Erznka.
The third group took the way on June 8, 1915, in the route Gasapa-Baberd-Erznka-Kemakh-Malatia (here all men were killed) -Urfa- Aleppo.
''I was able to familiarise myself with much of the material on the Armenian genocide which was previously unknown to me''.
Interview with the Raphael Lemkin Scholarship Alumni Timothy Williams
Tim studied Political Science at the University of Mannheim (Germany) and Comparative Politics (Conflict Studies) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). He is currently a teaching and research associate at the Center for Conflict Studies at Marburg University (Germany) and is writing his doctoral thesis on the micro-dynamics of participation in genocide at the Free University in Berlin (Germany). Furthermore, Tim also holds a doctoral scholarship supporting his research from the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.
Timothy Williams is a British scholar and politician. His works deal with sociology, social psychology, history, and even the fields of anthropology and criminology. Conflict dynamics and themes of social-political conflicts are in the center of his researches. He is mainly engaged in genocide studies in macro and micro levels. He is also working on the innovative methodological approaches in studying social phenomena. He has conducted studies in Cambodia, Armenia and Thailand. He is involved in several international projects.
RA NAS Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute is preparing to publish IV (1) volume of “Journal of Genocide Studies”
The journal thematically focuses on genocide studies, including topics related to genocide sources, history, historiography, comparative researches and aspects which are related to this topic. The journal is published twice a year, since 2013.
The deadline to submit articles is May 1, 2016.
The articles must be sent to email@example.com
CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE DUMA OF THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION SERGEY NARYSHKIN VISITED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MEMORIAL COMPLEX
On 11th of March, Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Sergey Naryshkin visited Tsitsernakaberd - the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex, accompanied with heads of the parliamentary delegations of the CSTO member states, Russian Ambassador to Armenia Ivan Volinkin, RA NA Deputy Speaker Edward Sharmazanov, and a dozen of journalists from Armenia and abroad covering the visit of high ranking guests.
Rehan Manouk Manoukian’s testimony
Rehan Manoukian was born in 1910 in Taron. She told the story of how they were banished from their homes on April 24, 1915. They were sent to Van, where her grandmother and younger brother died. The Turks killed her parents, and she miraculously escaped and got into an orphanage in Tbilisi.
Taron, Ouratsn Village, 1910
I was born in Taron. Mesrop Mashtots also was from Taron. There was a church and the Monastery of St. Astvadsadsin in our village. Many pilgrims came to Taron. Khout was close to Taron. My father’s mother was from Khout.
On April 24, 1915, we had got up early before the sunrise; my father had to go to the fields and my mother had to bake bread. I had a younger brother. Suddenly the Turk soldiers, rifles on their shoulders, rushed into our house and said: “War is going on, our sultan has ordered that we should deport the Armenians.”
Today is the 160th anniversary of great French humanist Louis Dartige du Fournet
He devoted a separate chapter to the heroic episode of Musa Dagh defense and presented details about how he had helped 4080 Armenians to escape a danger of massacre and moved them to Port Said.
Excerpt from memoirs of Louis Dartige du Fournet: '' In the first days of September ''Gishen'' cruiser commanded by Captain de Fregat Brison was moving along the seaside of Antioch when he noticed signals from land. A boat was sent and it turned out that the Armenians situated in the heights of Mount Moses (Musa Ler) are under the threat of massacre by Turks. On September 6, I received a telegram about this and immediately went there with ''Joan of Arc''. One of the Armenian leaders Pierre (Petros) Tmlakyan came to the ship and asked to move non-fighters (women, the aged and children) to another place… I understood that I should help those unfortunates. There was very little time and no matter what they said, there was a need to transport everyone. I telegraphed to Admiralty about the problem. All ships at our disposal have been sent there and Armenians were on the board on September 13. The transportation was carried out without incident. Among them were poor babies wrapped in towels. Little inhabitants of Musa Dagh were passed from hand to hand over the surf waves, who were actually saved from drowning and who, in fact, will never know from which dangers they were saved''.
THE GENOCIDE OF ONE SETTLEMENT: The village Bazmashen of the Kharberd province
The village Bazmashen was located at Kharberd district of Kharberd province of Western Armenia, eight km to west from Kharberd town. In ancient times the village was called Bazman.
According to tradition, it was founded by seven large Armenian families in 1165. The village has become more populated over the centuries. Bazmashen had around 6,000 Armenian population on the eve of the Armenian genocide. The products of shoemakers and carpenters of Bazmashen were sold in different towns of the Ottoman Empire. There was an oil-mill and the manufactory of cutting and reeling cigarette papers in the village.
Since 1887 the Armenians migration from Bazmashen to the US was increasing. American Armenian migrants established Bazmashen educational foundation which dealt with the education of youth of the native village. The foundation provided a great help to compatriots, who were injured from the Hamidian massacre in 1895, and built a new school for 300 pupils.
After the beginning of the Armenian genocide on 28 June 1915 the Turkish authorities gave the command of the population of Bazmashen to leave to the deserts of Syria.
ARMENIAN CHILD TURNED TO MOWGLI
The Armenian child in this photo was found in desert. Being deprived of care and elementary living conditions, over two years he lived in the desert far from people; eating only grass and different plants. When he was found, he had become extremely savage, which is obvious from his face expression and posture. The photos were taken in Aleppo, in 1920-1921, by Helen Mari Jerhard- a worker of “American Near East Relief” organization, who took care of the child later on.
In the years of Armenian Genocide thousands of Armenian children became orphans; losing their parents and relatives on deportation roads. Some of them escaped from the Turkish massacres and settled down in abandoned places; forests and caves, far from people and civilization. These defenceless and careless children, who had witnesses the brutal murder of their parents, had been living with animals imitating their behaviours, avoiding to communicate with people. Some of those children had lost the abilities of speaking and walking like human, acquiring features typical to wild animals.
SWEDISH FOREIGN MINISTER MARGOT WALLSTROM VISITED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MEMORIAL COMPLEX
In 9th of February, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom visited Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex of Tsitsernakaberd. Swedish minister and the accompanied delegation put flowers at the eternal fire and honored the memory of the innocent martyrs with a minute of silence.
Deputy Director of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Suren Manukyan accompanied the guests to the Memorial Wall. On the one side of the basalt wall are the buried soils brought from the graves of foreign figures who raised a voice of protest against Armenian Genocide. Those devotees are; Armin Wegner, Hedwig Bull, Henry Morgenthau, Franz Werfel, Johannes Lepsius, James Bryce, Fridtjof Nansen, Fayez al Ghuseyn, Anatole France, Giacomo Gori, Benedict 15th, Karen Jeppe, Jacob Künzler, Alma Johansson, Maria Jacobsen, Clara Barton, Bodil Biorn. Suren Manukyan presented to the Swidish Minister the history of her compatriot Alma Johansson.
“Crucifixion” of Musheghik
The Armenian boy of this photo got tasted the whole cruelty of human being yet in his childhood. The horrors of the Genocide accompanied Musheghik as incurable wounds during all his lifetime, always reminding him about the gloomy days and horrible moments of his childhood.
The proofs of Musheghik’s inhuman “punishment” are seen even in the photo, which was made after a year of his torture, where he shows his hands covered with scars.
Musheghik was born in 1907/1908 in Diza village of Van in Van province, in a family of 14 members. He and his mother Beyaz Badalian could only survive. His father Hovsep and his three uncles; Hmayak, Hagop and Garabet, were killed in workers battalion (amele taburi) on the way to Bashkale after the mobilization of 1914.
Noyemzar Melkon Mouradian’s testimony
In her memoirs Noyemzar Mouradian tells how the Kurds burned the field of Mush early in the morning of the Feast of Vardavar in 1915. She notes that the Kurds gathered and took away the men, and burned all the women and children. Out of the five children of the witness only the three sons survived. The eldest daughter is missing, and the youngest died on the road.
1883, Mush, Village of Mkragom
The Turks killed my husband on the day of Vardavar. The massacre of the Armenians in the Moosh plain started on that very day.
ANNUAL PRESS CONFERENCE OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MUSEUM-INSTITUTE
“In the end of the year it turned out that we have three and four times more problems than we had in the beginning of the year”.
Today the annual press conference of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute and secretary of state commission on coordinating the 100th anniversary events of the Armenian Genocide took place. During the press-release AGMI Director and secretary of state commission on coordinating the 100th anniversary events of the Armenian Genocide Hayk Demoyan referred to the important achievements of the museum, the problems in the beginning of the year commitments and challenges of the museum-institute.
During 2015, temporary exhibitions were organized by AGMI in more than 60 cities in Armenia and abroad. In the last years, Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute had published about seventy literature units; Armenian, Russian, English and French collections, monographs, books, catalogs. Around 60 international conferences had referred to the theme of Armenian Genocide. The main exhibition of the museum had opened in April which, however is the most important achievement of the year.