Dr. Hayk Demoyan participated in the conference dedicated to the 400 Years of Armenian-American heritage
On March 17, Dr. Hayk Demoyan, participated in the conference dedicated to the 400 Years of Armenian-American heritage in Ararat House in Los Angeles. The title of the Dr. Demoyan’s speech was: “Return or Stay? Armenian Emigration to America and Repatriation in the Late 19th to Early 20th Centuries.”
The major flow of Armenian emigration to the United States from both Western and Eastern Armenia started in the second half of the 19th century. Primarily, these individuals were medical or theological students. Until the late 19th century, there were few cases of these immigrants seeking a permanent settlement in the U.S. Armenian men, who were the first sojourners arriving in the United States as working migrants, usually had their families behind and their primary goal was to accumulate funds before returning to their homeland and rejoining their families. Armenian-American publications and local memorabilia from this time contain instructions on how one should behave in the U.S. and keep loved ones “back home” foremost in their minds. The Hamidian massacres of 1894-1896 triggered a fresh wave of Armenian migration from the Ottoman Empire and forced many of those already in the U.S. to face a very personal dilemma: stay in the new land and cut off family connections back home or attempt, by all means possible, to bring family members to the U.S.
The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute will be closed on March 8th, 2018.
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Prime Minister of Georgia Paid Tribute to the Memory of Victims of Armenian Genocide
Delegation led by Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who has arrived in Armenia on an official visit, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex and Museum accompanied by Vahan Martirosyan, RA Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies, and Kamo Areyan, Deputy Mayor of Yerevan.
The high-ranking guests were welcomed by the AGMI Acting Director Gevorg Vardanyan and introduced to the history of construction of the memorial complex and its symbolism.
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili laid a wreath at the Monument, and the members of delegation put flowers at the eternal fire, honoring the memory of the innocent martyrs with a minute of silence. Prime Minister also watered the fir he planted in Memory alley in 2016.
The new volume of English-language periodical has been published
The new volume of English-language periodical “International Journal of Armenian Genocide Studies” has been published by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.
International Journal of Armenian Genocide Studies publishes articles and reviews related to Armenian Genocide as well as genocide studies in general. Particular attention is paid to articles dealing with history, political science, anthropology, sociology, literature and law. Articles on other sciences are also be considered if they have strong ties or contexts with the main theme.
The journal has been published twice a year since 2014, Editor-in-Chief: Hayk Demoyan.
Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Paid Tribute to the Memory of Victims of Armenian Genocide
Delegation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, led by Giorgi Gakharia, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, which has arrived in Armenia on an official visit, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex and Museum accompanied by Colonel-General of the Police Vladimir Gasparyan, the Head of the Military Police of the RA Ministry of Defence.
The guests were welcomed by the AGMI Acting Director Gevorg Vardanyan and introduced to the history of construction of the memorial complex and its symbolism.
Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia laid a wreath at the Monument, and the members of delegation put flowers at the eternal fire, by honoring the memory of the innocent martyrs with a minute of silence.
Dutch Parliament Adopts Two Resolutions on Armenian Genocide
By majority of votes the Lower house of the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer) adopted two motions regarding the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
One of the motions states that the Lower House “recognizes the Armenian Genocide”. According to the second motion, A Dutch Minister or State Secretary should attend the commemoration of the Genocide in Armenia in April.
Immediately after the vote, the Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian stated that “Armenia highly appreciate the debates held in the Parliament of friendly Netherlands and the decisions adopted as a result, which unequivocally reaffirm the recognition of the Armenian Genocide back in 2004.
“Armenian Legacy in America: A 400-year Heritage”
Dr. Hayk Demoyan’s new book is out now
New monograph by Doctor of Historical Sciences Hayk Demoyan titled “Armenian Legacy in America: A 400-year Heritage” has been published. The book is dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Armenian to America. In 1618, “Martin the Armenian” arrived to Virginia. The arrival of the first Armenian also signaled the flow of Armenian refugees, immigrants who brought their own customs, style, cuisine, and mentality to new country. They were students, craftsman, traders, farmers, who came to America to survive, and with great hope to help their families suffering from exploitation and abuse in their homeland.
The book is an illustrated addition with 620 pages and more than 2,200 photos, including artifacts, documents and rare images, demonstrating the history and legacy of the Armenian-American community and the important contributions of the Armenian Community.
The volume is the first attempt to comprise materials from Armenian institutions of the Republic of Armenia, and the United States. Book chapters and illustrations are presented in chronological order, covering the time period from 1618 until the early 1990’s.
President of Lebanon Visited Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex and Museum
President of the Republic of Lebanon Michel Aoun, who has arrived in Armenia on a state visit at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex and Museum accompanied by the RA Minister of Territorial Administration and Development Davit Lokyan and Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan.
Acting Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Gevorg Vardanyan introduced to the President of Lebanon the construction history of the memorial complex and its symbolism. The president of Lebanon laid a wreath at the Monument, and the members of delegation put flowers at the eternal fire, by honoring the memory of the innocent martyrs with a minute of silence.
Hayk Demoyan Will Take Part at the Conference Dedicated to the 400 Years of Armenian-American Heritage
Dr. Hayk Demoyan will take part at the conference dedicated to the 400 years of Armenian-American heritage titled “Celebration of 400 years of Armenian-American heritage, 1618-2018” on March 16, 2018, at the Ararat Home of Los Angeles, George Deukmejian Community Center. He has been a key collaborator in organizing the conference and exhibition.
In conjunction with the conference, a special exhibition prepared for the occasion will be on display featuring Armenian-American heirlooms and historical artifacts from the Ararat-Eskijian Museum and from the private collection of Dr. Hayk Demoyan.
Article by a Lemkin Scholarship Awardee was published in a Prestigious American Scientific Journal
Rebecca Jinks, the first recipient of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute's Rafael Lemkin Scholarship, has published an article in the American Historical Review. The article titled “Marks Hard to Erase. The Troubled Reclamation of “Absorbed” Armenian Women, 1919–1927”, is dedicated to the tragic fate of Armenian women during the Armenian Genocide. Original sources and photos from the AGMI collections were used in the article.
American Historical Review is a leading English-language scientific journal in the world, with the highest impact factor. It is the official publication of the American Historical Association, now published by the Oxford University Press.
Rafael Lemkin Scholarship was established by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in 2011 with a view to engage young and promising scientists from around the world in the study of the Armenian Genocide.
President of Bulgaria Paid Tribute to the Memory of Victims of Armenian Genocide
President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, who has arrived in Armenia on a state visit at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex accompanied by Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan. Acting Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Gevorg Vardanyan presented the history of construction of the memorial complex and its symbolism.
The president of Bulgaria laid a wreath at the Monument, and the members of delegation put flowers at the eternal fire, by honoring the memory of the innocent martyrs with a minute of silence. The President and his delegation also visited the Armenian Genocide Museum, where AGMI deputy director Lousine Abrahamyan presented the history of the first Genocide of the 20th century. At the end of the tour President Rumen Radev left a note in the Book of Honorable Guests. AGMI Acting Director Gevorg Vardanyan handed Golden Medal for high-ranking guests visiting the museum to the President of Bulgaria.
New Ambassador of Poland Visited Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex and Museum
The newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Poland to Armenia Paweł Cieplak visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex. He laid a wreath at the Monument, and then the members of the delegation put flowers at the eternal fire, honoring the memory of the innocent martyrs with a minute of silence.
The Ambassador was welcomed by Gevorg Vardanyan, AGMI Acting Director, and introduced to the history of construction of the memorial complex, and its symbolism.
The delegation from Poland also visited the Armenian Genocide Museum. AGMI Deputy Director Lousine Abrahamyan introduced museum exhibits and presented the history of Armenian Genocide.
«My Family was killed because we were Armenians»
The memoir of Hayk Aharonyan, a survivor of the Armenian Genocide, has been written down by his son Emanuele Sergio Aharonyan. By doing this work he mentions that when these stories are not written down directly by the survivors, they lose their “flavor”.
The father of the person, who wrote the memoir, Hayk Aharonyan, was born on May 25, 1905, in Sebastia, attended an Armenian private school. One day Turks told them, that they were deporting all the Armenians. They offered to the family to convert to Islam and stay, but Hayk’s father Manuel, answered, that he was born Christian and would die Christian. During the Armenian Genocide, Aharonyan lost eighty-four relatives. Only one, Levon Darbinyan, succeeded to cross the Russian border and to find shelter in Eastern Armenia.
A Turk took Hayk to his farm in Malatya, where he worked nine years for him. He mentioned that by this the Turk saved his life, as six-seven years old children or over were killed because they would remember, that they were Armenians and Christians. After shooting two neighbors by the master's indication, he was offered to escape to Malatya. 19 years old Hayk encountered many difficulties and returned to Sebastia. He went to his father’s house and found out, that a Turkish family was leaving there. When he announced, that the house belonged to his family, the Turks answered to him: “Giavur (infidel) go away, otherwise we will cut your head off”.
President of the National Council of Switzerland Paid Tribute to the Memory of Victims of the Armenian Genocide
The delegation led by Dominique de Buman, President of the National Council of the Swiss Confederation, accompanied by Lucas Gasser, Ambassador of Switzerland to the Republ;ic of Armenia, and Shirak Torosyan, Member of the Armenian Parliament, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex.
The guests were welcomed by Gevorg Vardanyan, AGMI Acting Director, and introduced to the history of construction of the memorial complex and its symbolism.
Dominique de Buman laid a wreath at the Genocide Monument, and put flowers at the eternal fire, by honoring the memory of the innocent martyrs with a minute of silence.
Self-Defense օf Marash, January - February 1920
Marash was one of the densely-populated and rich cities of historic Cilicia. Before the Armenian Genocide it had about 40.000 Armenian population, which was engaged in crafts, trade and agriculture.
In 1915 Marash Armenians were deported from their native city, many of them were massacred during deportation. A part of Armenians (about 25.000 people) that had been deported from Marash in 1915 and legionaries who had fought in French army, returned to city after the defeat of Turkey in WWI and the conclusion of Mudros Treaty in October 30, 1918, as soon as the Turks left Cilicia.
With the extension of Kemalist-nationalist movement Turkish authorities started devising plans for removing French garrison from Marash at the point of bayonet and massacring Armenian population of the city. In order to carry out those plans Turkish authorities first armed local Muslim mobs, instilled hatred against Marash Armenians by organizing constant disturbances.
Unique Archive donated to the Armenian genocide Museum-Institute
Thanks to the efforts of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, the Archive of the American-Armenian family, who survived the Armenian Genocide, has been donated to the Museum.
American-Armenian Susan Solakyan donated a great history of her big family to The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, which includes memoirs, documents and photos.
Of course he is sure, that their family relics appear in caring hands, and the goal is to transfer the most important thing, the memory, to the generations.
Over one-century-old history of Tomas and Estern Mkrtchyan, who were from Mezre (Kharberd province), from being deported from their historical homeland up to settling in the United States, is rich with the accurate historical information, as well as the most severe manifestations of human loss.
The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute will be closed on January 28th, 2018.
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“Atlas of the Armenian Genocide” is published
Atlas of the Armenian Genocide in English language was published by Babken Harutyunyan Laboratory of Armenian Historical Geography and Cartography. The research has been carried out by Vardan Mkhitaryan, head of Laboratory.
The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute has participated in the preparation of the Atlas. The Atlas presents various issues and historical events related to the Armenian Genocide: Armenian-Turkish war, Hamidian massacres, massacres of eastern Armenians, May victories, massacres of Armenians in Baku, cultural genocide, formation of Diaspora etc. Atlas also includes agreements, documents and pictures. The role of Armenians in the Ottoman and Russian Empires is also presented in the Atlas. There is also a reference to the international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide in the last part of the publication.
Awarding Ceremony of the Winners of the International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice 2017 was Held at AGMI
Awarding ceremony of the winners of the International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice (ICEFA Lidice) was held at the temporary exhibition hall of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. Peter Mikiska, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Armenia, hosted the ceremony and handed over the prizes to the winners.
AGMI Acting Director Gevorg Vardanyan gave a welcome speech, stressing the role of such events in shaping children’s worldview. Gevorg Vardanyan expressed his great whish that all children in the world live in peace and never see tragedies like Lidice.
The Ambassador thanked the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute for supporting the event. The 45th edition (2017) of the exhibition was dedicated to the theme of “Traveling”.
Every Armenian is a Document-said Lusie Chakir (Ashotyan), Hrant Dink’s maternal-grandmother, Survivor of Armenian Genocide: Episodes from Her Life
“Hrant, darling, I don’t remember much about 1915 events, but my biography, as well as those of many other survivors, are documents about the genocide”.
Lusi(n)e Chakir(Chaqr) was a daughter of Efendi Manuel Ashotyan, a craftsman and a father of five from Gyurunts. She was the only daughter of her father, and he used to call her Ahchig (Aghchik (girl in Armenian)), thus her name remained Aghchik. She was one of those little Armenian survivor-girls chosen from the deportation caravans and handled to the Qangal orphanage in Sebastia.
Lusie Chakir was Hrant Dink’s maternal-grandmother.
It was 1915. Lusie’s elder brother Artashes had moved to the USA to get education. As her relatives recalled based on her stories, the entire family was impatiently waiting for a letter from Artashes. In the evening there was a knock on the door, but a policeman instead of a postman was standing on the door.
Newly Discovered Photos
Nearly 25 new photos depicting the evacuation of the participants of Musa Dagh heroic battle by the French warships have been discovered by the efforts of the Armenian Genocide Museum -Institute. The original photos were taken by the French navy officer in September 1915.
The photos depict evacuation of the Armenian civilians by the boats to the warships.
The new photos will be available to the public in April 2018.
US Cinemas announced premiere: “Alice in Hungerland”
What did the silent movie tell about Armenian Genocide?
In 1915 a number of prominent Americans at the request of Henry Morgenthau, the US Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, founded the Near East Relief Committee, which aimed “to provide relief and to assist in the repatriation, rehabilitation, and the reestablishment of suffering and dependent people of the Near East and adjacent areas, as well as to provide for the care of orphans and widows …” For the purpose of organizing donations and fundraising, the members of the Relief Committee began a large-scale campaign.
For more effective fundraising conditions were created at the end of World War I. It provided the broader layers of the society an opportunity better to understand the Near East tragedy through photographs and moving pictures. Using the power of visual image and realizing the impact of photographs of desperate Armenian refugees and orphans to capture the sentiments of the society, documentary and feature films were screened.
In order to create such movies the Committee members, photographers, producers and filmmakers were sent to the Near East. In 1921, Mrs. Florence Spencer Duryea, as a member of the film crew of the Near East Relief Committee, arrived in Constantinople. Mrs. Florence Spencer Duryea was with the organization from the very first years of the Committee's creation, and was particularly interested in Armenian refugees and orphans. Being the National Director of Women’s Organizations for the institution, she frequently spoke about Near East Relief’s work and was quoted in prominent publications such as the New York Times and the Woman Citizen.