LOS ANGELES — The publication of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Director Dr. Hayk Demoyan’s “Armenian Genocide: Front Page Coverage in the World Press” is a resounding wake-up call for the world, for people of conscience who value life and integrity.
The illustrations and images revealed from the archives of various international newspapers have been amassed not only as a book, but also as an exhibition which, at the initiative of the AGBU Asbeds, will be available for public viewing from April 8-10, 2015, at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles (2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049). The exhibit will be open from 11AM – 10 p.m., while the lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. The three-day exhibition and lecture series, under the heading “What the world witnessed a century ago,” is an exceptional opportunity to bring together our Armenian and non-Armenian peers alike. All events are free and open to the public.
The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, April 8, 2015: Exhibition Opening and Reception:
Featuring greetings as well as remarks by official guests. Message by AGBU Asbeds Chairman Dr. Harout Yaghsezian and keynote speech by Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Director Dr. Hayk Demoyan from Armenia.
Thursday, April 9, 2015: Economics of the Armenian Genocide and its Consequences:
Dr. Ugur Ümit Üngör (Associate Professor of History at Utrecht University, Institute of War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) will lecture on the aforementioned topic. The lecture will be in English. Mr. Kurken Berksanlar, former Chairman of the AGBU Asbeds, will moderate.
Friday, April 10, 2015: Forcibly Islamized Armenians:
Who are they, how many are there, and what should their numbers have been today. Do Armenia, Armenians, and the Armenian Apostolic Church recognize them? Panel discussion featuring H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese, and Mr. Raffi Bedrosyan, community activist and writer from Toronto, Canada. Moderated by Mr. Kurken Berksanlar former Chairman of the AGBU Asbeds.
“Armenian Genocide: Front Page Coverage in the World Press” is a 260 page volume (9″ x 12″) encompassing sketches, illustrations, and photographs published in a number of international newspapers from the last quarter of the 19th century to the first quarter of the 20th century, with descriptors in Armenian and English. Browse through its pages, look into the depths of each photograph, and grasp its implication. As you journey through the pages you will be transported to the past and feel yourselves in the midst of the horrors endured by our people, a journey of death or, by some miracle, escape, migration, and new life.
It is a volume that awakens humanity in man, prepared in a simplistic style yet with content that stirs the soul of the reader. The book was published in Yerevan in 2014, at the threshold of the Armenian Genocide Centennial, under the patronage of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute and by the sponsorship of the Armenian General Benevolent Union Asbeds Committee.
Dr. Demoyan writes in the prologue, “The publications dealing with the persecution of Armenians that appeared on the front pages of European and American newspapers are especially interesting, and are indicative of the topicality of the Armenian Genocide at the time and of the intensity of the desire to know what was happening to the Armenians.”
The book is presented in five headings chronologically, beginning from the mid-19th century until the first quarter of the 20th century.
Thus, three incredibly fascinating events await us. Let us meet at Skirball Center on Wednesday, April 8 to Friday, April 10, 2015.