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«I am the very last defender of Musa Ler resistance»

Movses Panossian’s testimony
1885, Musa Ler


14.07.2016

Movses Panossian was born in 1885 in Musaler. The witness told that on July 13, 1915 the Turkish government issued an order according to which the Armenians were to be deported, however, the foremen from 7 villages held a meeting and decided that they were ready to die where they were born and had no intention to become refugees. Panossian also told about the defense of Musaler and French ships that rescued them.

“ARMENIA: LET’S CREATE TOGETHER” FIRST YOUTH FORUM MEETING AT AGMI


12.07.2016

In 12 July the first meeting of Youth Forum “Armenia: Let’s Create Together” took place at Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. The group of “Protection of Armenian Interests and Media” also participated in the meeting. The theme of the meeting was “Armenian Genocide: 100 years later”.

The meeting was opened by the welcome speech of AGMI Director Hayk Demoyan. He referred to the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the new levels and perspectives of academic researches. Talking about Armenian Genocide researching studies Demoyan mentioned the scientific publication in Armenia and Diaspora, stressing the unique mission of AGMI. Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute is the only institution in the world where proofs, documents and information related to the Armenian Genocide are being collected, studied, kept and exhibited.

Conference dedicated to the Armenian Genocide in Austrian city of Amstetten


09.07.2016

In 4-6 July, under the auspices of the Government of Lower Austria a conference titled “Uncertain Paths: Escape, Expulsion and Genocide in the First World War” was held. The conference was organized by the cooperation of Boltzmann Institute for Research on War Consequences in Graz and Center for Migration Studies of St. Pölten, Austria.

The event was participated by representatives of Government of Lower Austria, Federal and local parliament members, representatives of accredited diplomatic missions, international organizations, and Austrian political, scientific, educational field.

AGMI researchers participated in the 5th Global Conference of the International Network of Genocide Scholars


07.07.2016

AGMI researchers Edita Gzoyan and Shushan Khachatryan participated in the 5th Conference of the International Network of Genocide Scholars in Jerusalem, 26-29 June. The conference was held under the title “Intersections: Holocaust Scholarship, Genocide Research, and Histories of Mass Violence” and was organized by, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, The Israel Office of the Rosa Luxemburg, The Open University of Israel, other scientific institutions and the Armenian community of Jerusalem.

Presentation of new publications at AGMI


01.07.2016

Today at the conference hall of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute the Armenian and Russian edition of “Promise me in the Sea” by Vitali Yanko was presented, as well as the monograph of Rubina Pirouoian “The Armenian Genocide in Literature, The Second Generation Responds”.

The books are published by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.

The authors of the books were present at the presentation.

German Foreign Minister visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex


30.06.2016

On 30th of June, German Foreign Minister, OSCE Chairman Frank Walter Shtinmeier visited Tsitsernakaberd. Shtinmeier laid a wreath at the Memorial Complex, after which the German guests put flowers at the eternal fire and honored the memory of the innocent martyrs with a minute of silence.

German Foreign Minister was accompanied with RA Foreign Minister, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Armenia Matthias Kiessler, AGMI Director Hayk Demoyan, Armenian and German diplomats.

Pope Francis at Tsitsernakaberd


25.06.2016

Early on 25th of June, Pope Francis visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex of Armenian Genocide. His Holiness was accompanied by Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan.
Pope Francis laid a wreath at the Genocide Monument and near the eternal fire honored the memory of the innocent martyrs with a minute of silence. The pope and Karekin II held an ecumenical service in memory of the victims of the genocide.

Vatican and the Armenian Genocide
A Lecture by Michael Hesemann at AGMI


23.06.2016

German Historian Michael Hesemann delivered a lecture at Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute under the title “Vatican and the Armenian Genocide”. His lecture was a summary of his long lasting researches of Vatican secret archives. In 2014 Michael Hesemann declared that there are about 2000 still unpublished pages about the Armenian Genocide kept in Vatican archives.

In his book “The Armenian Genocide” published in German language in 2015, he presented the content of many unpublished documents related to the events of 1915-16. He presents the diplomatic efforts of Pope Benedict XV, trying to intercept the deportation and massacres of Armenians.

A Group of Gravediggers


14.06.2016

In summer 1915 epidemic disease of typhus began to spread in Etchmiadzin as a result of unsanitary conditions. Quarantine was announced. The shortage of food and water, lack of medical care and the scorching sun contributed to the rapid spread of the epidemic. The authorities select a few armed battalions whose purpose was to assemble dead bodies and bury them.

The photo is of a group of sanitation gravediggers.

Czech President Miloš Zeman visited Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute


08.06.2016

On 8 of June, Czech President Miloš Zeman who is currently on an official visit in Armenia visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial. Miloš Zeman laid a wreath at the Genocide Memorial and near the eternal fire he honored the memory of the innocent martyrs with a minute of silence.

Czech President was interested in the view of the memorial complex and Yerevan city. During the visit, he had a private conversation with Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan and AGMI Director Hayk Demoyan.

Miloš Zeman also visited the Genocide Museum and got acquainted with the exhibition prepared for his visit.

GERMAN BUNDESTAG ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RECOGNITION AND CONDEMNATION


02.06.2016

Today, German Bundestag adopted a resolution recognizing the World War I massacre of Armenians in 1915 in the Ottoman Empire as genocide. The resolution was adopted by an absolute majority of the votes by one against and one abstention.

The resolution is titled "Remembrance and commemoration of the genocide of Armenians and other Christian minorities in 1915 and 1916." The five pages resolution mentions: “Armenians' fate exemplified "the history of mass exterminations, ethnic cleansing, deportations and yes, genocide, which marked the 20th century in such a terrible way."

EXHIBITION, BOOK PRESENTATION AND LECTURE IN FRANCE


31.05.2016

Temporary exhibition under the title “Armenian Sport and Gymnastics in the Ottoman Empire” has been opened last week in Paris. At the same day the presentation of the book with the same title has also took place.
The exhibition will be opened until 12 th of June.

On the next day, in May 27, at “Sahak-Mesrop” cultural center of Marseille another exhibition was opened under the title “Armenian Genocide Front Page Coverage in the World Press”.

«We miraculously survived the slaughter. The Turks were beating us with sticks, whips and swords»

Mkrtich Karapetian’s testimony
1910, Tigranakert


26.05.2016

Mkrtich Karapetian, a native of Tigranakert, was born in 1910. He states that although he was a kid in 1915, he remembers quite well that the population of the town was beaten and exiled. Mkrtich tells how they were miraculously rescued when the Persian soldiers came to release them.

The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute also joined the pan-European event “Museum Night 2016”


21.05.2016

The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute also joined the pan-European event “Museum Night 2016” with the permanent and temporary exhibition “The Road of Aurora: Odyssey of Armenian Genocide Survivor”.

The museum was crowded with foreign tourists, local visitors and students.
“Museum Night 2016” was held under the title “Museums and Cultural Landscapes”.

PERMANENT EXHIBITION ON THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN RIGA GHETTO MUSEUM


19.05.2016

On May 18, permanent exhibition on the Armenian Genocide opened at the Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum. This exhibition is a joint effort of the Riga Ghetto, Baltic International Tolerance Center and the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. The AGMI design group has performed the design works.

The work was assisted by a representative of the Armenian community of Latvia, businessman Mkhitar Mkhitaryan.

Greek Community of Armenia Visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex to Respect the Memory of the Vicitims of Greek Genocide


19.05.2016

In 19 May, on Pontian Greek Genocide Remembrance Day representatives of Greek community in Armenia visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex. They were accompanied by Eduard Sharmazanov, Vice-Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia, RA NA deputies, students and pupils.

Representatives of the Greek community laid a wreath at the monument and near the eternal fire they honored the memory of the one and half million Armenian and Greek victims.

19th of May is Remembrance Day of Pontian Greek Genocide


19.05.2016

On May 19, Pontian Greeks all over the world commemorate Genocide victims. This day has almost the same significance for them as 24 April for Armenians. On February 24, in 1994 the Greek Parliament unanimously decided to proclaim May 19 as the day to commemorate the Pontian Greek Genocide, due to the fact, that on 19 May 1919 General Mustafa Kemal was sent to Pontus after which the anti-Greek movement was activated over there and the real disaster had started for the Pontian Greeks.

AGMI DIRECTOR HAYK DEMOYAN DELIVERED A PAPER AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HOLOCAUST


17.05.2016

Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, doctor of Historical Sciences Hayk Demoyan participated at the 4th International Conference “Holocaust Museums and Memorial Places in Post-Communist Countries: Challenges and Opportunities”.

Dr. Demoyan delivered a paper titled “The Armenian Genocide and the European History and Memory”.

''I viewed first hand what the burden of the past is for the Armenians in Armenia. ''.

Interview with the Raphael Lemkin Scholarship Alumni Lara Haladjian


10.05.2016

Lara is a genocide scholar and human rights specialist. She is a lawyer, and currently working on her PhD in genocide studies at School of Advanced Studies, University of London. Specialized in London and Essex Universities, and American Academy of Larnaka, Cyprus.

LESLIE DAVIS – 140


07.05.2016

American diplomat, eye witness of Armenian Genocide Leslie Davis was born in Port Jefferson, New York, in 1876, Davis graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1898. Davis continued his education at George Washington University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in law in 1904. While still a student, he worked as a journalist. He spoke several languages: English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.

On May 31, 1914, Davis arrived in Kharberd, which he later described as the “slaughterhouse province” in his reports.
“It appears that all those…men, women and children were massacred about five hours’ distance from here. In fact, it is almost certain that, with the exception of a very small number of those who were deported during the first days of July, all who left here have been massacred before reaching the borders of the vilayet [province],” Davis wrote.

RA NA Vice President Eduard Sharmazanov Awarded the Director Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Hayk Demoyan and a Number of Employees of the Museum


05.05.2016

On May 3, by Galust Sahakyan’s Order of April 2 for the awareness about the Armenian Genocide to the international community and contribution to the recognition of the Genocide the RA NA Vice President Eduard Sharmazanov handed an RA NA Medal of Honour to the Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Hayk Demoyan, and the NA President’s Memorial Medal to the Deputy Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Suren Manukyan.

Eduard Sharmazanov also handed awards to a number of employees of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.
The Deputy Director on Museum Works of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Lusine Abrahamyan was awarded the RA National Assembly Diploma, guides of the Museum Haykuhi Gevorgyan, Anzhela Tevekelyan, Astghik Yedigaryan, guards of the Museum exhibits Arpine Aleksanyan, Varduhi Shogheryan, the Head of the Service Department of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Structure Tumas Tumasyan were awarded the RA NA President’s Letters of Appreciation.

I and underage children like myself were gathered and taken to the Turkish orphanage to be turkified.
Harutyum Alboyadjian’s testimony
In 1904, Fendedjak


01.05.2016

Harutyun Alboyadjian tells the story of how he and other underage kids were broght to an orphanage belonging to Jamal Pasha to be turkified. His family name has been changed into a number – five hundred thirty-five, and he was given a name Sukri. Another of his Armenian friends was renamed Enver. He depicts their lives in the orphanage before the day of their release.

EXHBITION TITLED “ARMENIAN GENOCIDE: RUSSIAN VIEW” IN NOVOSIBIRSK


30.04.2016

In April 19, an exhibition titled “Armenian Genocide: Russian View” was opened at the intercultural center of Novosibirsk.
The exhibits were provided by Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.
The topic of the new exhibition is the response of Russian intellectuals and different social and political circles to the Armenian Genocide and preceding events. For the first time authentic materials and photographs have been presented in temporary exhibition format. The exhibition consists of 18 thematic series.

AGMI COLLECTION HAS BEEN REPLENISHED WITH EXCLUSIVE PHOTO OF VAN SELF-DEFENSE BATTLE


28.04.2016

Photo collection of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute has been replenished with new exclusive photo of Van self-defense battle.

The photo depicts the participants of self-defense battle in April 1915. Cannons confiscated by the Armenian defenders from Turkish Army a year ago are also seen in the photo.

The photo was taken 101 years ago by American physician missionaries who were found in Van during those days.

THE HUMBLED FLOWERS HAS BEEN COLLECTED AT ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MONUMENT


27.04.2016

With the initiative of Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets, since 2010the humbled flowers at Armenian Genocide Monument have being gathered and used to undergo a special processing. Flower stalks are switches off the petals: compost is derived from the first part and the flower petals are used in preparing of recycled handmade paper. The compost is used to enrich the soil of Memory Alley at Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex, and the handmade papers for making letters of appreciation and cards.

NEW PUBLICATION
“THE ROAD OF AURORA, ODYSSEY OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE SURVIVOR”


26.04.2016

Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute presented a new publication “The Road of Aurora, Odyssey of Armenian Genocide Survivor”. This illustrated book describes the life story of Arshaluys Martikian known as Aurora Martiganian.
In 2011 co-author of the book Hayk Demoyan finds in California the photo archive of Aurora, among which the only saved family photo where Aurora is four years old. The personal letters of Aurora are also found in that archive. After long negotiations relatives of Aurora donated these valuable documents to Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.

Participants of Aurora Award took part in the 101th anniversary of Armenian Genocide at AGMI


24.04.2016

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


24.04.2016

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


22.04.2016

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


22.04.2016

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


16.04.2016

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.

Nobel Laureates visited the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute


16.04.2016

On April 15, Nobel Laureates visited Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute within the framework of the “Nobel Days in Yerevan”. They visited Tsitsernakaberd memorial, after which they walked through the museum halls and got acquainted with the documented history of the Armenian Genocide.

The scientists left a note in AGMI Memory Book of honorable guests.

AGMI EXHIBITION ON SELF-DEFENSE BATTLES IN THE YEARS OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE HAS BEEN DELIVERED TO THE MILITARY INSTITUTE


16.04.2016

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


16.04.2016

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


07.04.2016

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


02.04.2016

“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


02.04.2016

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 1909, Bitlis


29.03.2016

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


22.03.2016

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


17.03.2016

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”


17.03.2016

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 handes@genocide-museum.am

CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE DUMA OF THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION SERGEY NARYSHKIN VISITED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MEMORIAL COMPLEX


11.03.2016

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
Taron, Ouratsn Village, 1910


05.03.2016

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.
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


02.03.2016

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


27.02.2016

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


16.02.2016

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


09.02.2016

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


09.02.2016

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
1883, Mush, Village of Mkragom


23.01.2016

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.
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”.


25.12.2015

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.






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