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French Minister of Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial



23.02.2024

The delegation headed by the Minister of Armed Forces of France Sébastien Lecornu, who arrived in Armenia on an official visit, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial on February 23, accompanied by the Minister of Defense of Armenia Suren Papikyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to France Hasmik Tolmajyan and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Armenia Olivier Decotigny.

AGMI Director Edita Gzoyan welcomed the guests. She then accompanied them round the Genocide Memorial complex, presenting the history of its creation. She also narrated the history of the three khachkars placed in Tsitsernakaberd in memory of the Armenians who died in the massacres organized by the government of Azerbaijan in the cities of Sumgait, Kirovabad (Gandzak), and Baku at the end of the 20th century, as well as the stories of the five freedom fighters buried in front of the Memory Wall who died during the Artsakh struggle for survival. She emphasised the connection between the Armenian Genocide and contemporary acts of persecution and violence against Armenians and also referred to the historical and legal aspects of the Artsakh issue, describing Azerbaijan's anti-Armenian actions and propaganda.


Missak Manouchian: 1906-1944
The Armenian hero of the French resistance



21.02.2024

Following the decree made by French President Emmanuel Macron on June 18, 2023, the remains of Missak Manouchian, a hero of the French resistance and his wife Mélinée, both survivors of the Armenian Genocide, were interred in France's Panthéon on February 21st 2024, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the execution of Manouchian and his comrades. Misak and Mélinée Manushian became the first foreign individuals to be so honoured alongside French national heroes, thus becoming important symbols of friendship between the Armenian and French peoples.

Missak Manouchian (codename Michel Georges) was born in the city of Adıyaman, Kharberd Province of Western Armenia in 1906. His parents were killed during the Armenian Genocide carried out by the Ottoman state. Missak, who was left an orphan with his older brother Karapet (Garabed), were refugees who became inmates of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) orphanage in Jounie, Syria. The Armenian orphans in Syria, in accordance with the agreement reached in June 1925, were taken to France, where Missak began his epic journey. He joined the ranks of the French Communist Party in 1934 and began publishing the Armenian-language weekly newspaper "Zangou".

Manouchian was imprisoned and then released during the German occupation of France (1940-1944) during World War II.


EDITA GZOYAN ELECTED AGMI DIRECTOR



12.02.2024

Edita G. Gzoyan was unanimously elected the new AGMI director by secret ballot during the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Armenian Genocide Museum – Institute Foundation on February 12, 2024.

She holds a PhD (History), was a senior AGMI researcher between 2013-2018 and a leading researcher and Deputy Scientific Director from 2018 onwards.

Ten of the fifteen members of the Board of Trustees, headed by Dr. Raymond Kévorkian, were present at the meeting. Mrs. Edita Gzoyan presented her vision of AGMI development to the Board members, answered their questions and discussed current Foundation-related issues.

She finally expressed her gratitude for their trust, stating that she takes on the role of AGMI director with a strong sense of responsibility.


Serge Barcelini, President of the French "Le Souvenir français" Association, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial complex



03.02.2024

Serge Barcelini, President of the French "Le Souvenir français" Association (established in 1887), headed a delegation visiting the Armenian Genocide Memorial complex, accompanied by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France, Mr. Olivier Decottignies, on February 3, 2024.

Edita Gzoyan, acting director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, welcomed the guests. She then accompanied them round the Genocide Memorial complex, presenting the history of its creation. She also narrated the history of the three khachkars placed in Tsitsernakaberd in memory of the Armenians who died in the massacres organized by the government of Azerbaijan in the cities of Sumgait, Kirovabad (Gandzak), and Baku at the end of the 20th century, as well as the stories of the five freedom fighters buried in front of the Memory Wall who died during the Artsakh struggle for survival. She emphasised the connection between the Armenian Genocide and contemporary acts of persecution and violence against Armenians and also referred to the historical and legal aspects of the Artsakh issue, describing Azerbaijan's anti-Armenian actions and propaganda.


Markéta Pekarová Adamová, President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex



31.01.2024

Markéta Pekarová Adamová, President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial complex, accompanied by Ruben Rubinyan, Vice-president of the National Assembly of Armenia, and Arthur Hovhannisyan, head of the Armenia-Czech Friendship Group of the National Assembly of Armenia on January 31, 2024.

Edita Gzoyan, acting director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, welcomed the guests. She then accompanied them to the Genocide Memorial complex, presenting the history of its creation.

Mrs. Markéta Pekarová Adamová laid flowers at the Eternal Fire and observed a minute’s silence in memory of the innocent martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.


Auschwitz (Oświęcim), a symbol of the Holocaust:
January 27 is International Remembrance Day of the Victims of the Holocaust



27.01.2024

Soviet Red Army troops liberated Auschwitz concentration camp and its 7,000 surviving inmates on January 27, 1945. This date was chosen as International Holocaust Remembrance Day to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.

Death camps
The use of concentration and death camps is one of the characteristic features of the Holocaust. Hundreds of camps were established in Europe, but six of them were particularly deadly: Chełmno, Bełżec, Sobibór, Treblinka, Majdanek, and Auschwitz (Oświęcim).

Auschwitz is of particular importance among these. Of course, more people were killed in Bełżec, Sobibór, and Treblinka combined than in Auschwitz itself. But Auschwitz was larger in size, in administrative structure and staff and in the symbolic meaning it holds for the Holocaust.


THE BAKU MASSACRES
JANUARY 13-19, 1990



19.01.2024

A group of Armenian National Assembly deputies visited Tsitsernakaberd to pay tribute to the victims of the 1990 Baku pogroms. They laid flowers at the khachkar erected in memory of the victims of those massacres organised by the Azerbaijani government.

Out of the 1.7 million residents of Baku, capital of Soviet Azerbaijan, over 200,000 were Armenians. It is noteworthy that, since the beginning of the Karabakh movement, the issue of their safety and future has been linked to the Karabakh conflict by both the Azerbaijani and the top Soviet leadership. Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, during a meeting that took place on February 25, 1988, put the question to Zori Balayan and Silva Kaputikyan, saying, "Have you considered the fate of the 207,000 Armenians living in Baku?"


The National Council of Austria delegation visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial complex



17.01.2024

Ewa Ernst-Dziedzic, Member of the National Council of Austria, headed a delegation visiting the Armenian Genocide Memorial complex, accompanied by Shirak Torosyan, the head of the Armenia-Austria Friendship Group of the National Assembly of Armenia, on January 17, 2024.

Lusine Abrahamyan, AGMI Deputy Director for Museum Affairs, welcomed the guests. She then accompanied them round the Genocide Memorial complex, presenting the history of its creation. Emphasising the connection with the Armenian Genocide, Mrs. Lusine Abrahamyan also narrated the history of the three khachkars placed in Tsitsernakaberd in memory of the Armenians who died in the massacres organized by the government of Azerbaijan in the cities of Sumgait, Kirovabad (Gandzak), and Baku at the end of the 20th century, as well as the stories of the five freedom fighters buried in front of the Memory Wall who died during the Artsakh struggle for survival.


Giorgos Gerapetritis, Greek Foreign Minister visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial complex



10.01.2024

Giorgos Gerapetritis, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, led the delegation visiting the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex, accompanied by Ararat Mirzoyan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Armenia, on January 10, 2024.

Edita Gzoyan, acting director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, welcomed the guests. She then accompanied them round the Genocide Memorial complex, presenting the history of its creation.




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The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute will be closed on January 6, 2024.

Sincerely,
The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Foundation



Dear visitor,


The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute will be closed from December 31 till January 2, 2024.

Sincerely,
The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Foundation







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