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When the arts transmit memory

Francine Mayran, painter, ceramist and psychiatrist from Strasbourg, "born after World War II", expert at the Council of Europe, created portraits of the Righteous in the Holocaust and other genocide cases. In her opinion, all rivalry should be rejected in the name of a shared transmission of memory against indifference. 

Persecutions > Armenian Genocide

If the Holocaust were called a "massacre"

Israel Charny and Yair Auron were invited by the Armenian government to speak at the Centennial Observance of the Armenian Genocide in Yerevan, in April 2015. Here is one of their Haaretz articles criticizing Israel for allegedly refusing recognition to the Armenian Genocide out of a "self-serving" attitude. 

Persecutions > Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Righteous in the Milan Garden

Many are the Righteous who opposed the Metz Yeghern - the Great Evil, the genocide against the Armenians that started 100 years ago.

Persecutions > Armenian Genocide

The Memory of the Armenian Genocide

100 years after the Metz Yeghern, the "Great Evil" that hit the Armenian people, many towns remember the genocide perpetrated by the Young Turks through exhibitions, meetings, readings and conferences.

Persecutions > Armenian Genocide

Hrant Dink-Street in Gezi Park

Dogan Akhanli, German-Turkish writer and activist honored on 6 March, European Day of the Righteous, held a performance on his last day in Turkey, the country that imprisoned him for 4 months for denouncing the Armenian genocide. We are pleased to publish the text, based on his latest novel Die Richter des jüngsten Gerichts (the Judges of the Most Recent Court).  

Righteous > Dialogue and Reconciliation

New headquarters for Hrant Dink Foundation

A "place for hope" to keep on struggling for democracy, freedom of expression and the defense of human rights in Turkey and all over the world. This was the concept at the basis of the layout of the new seat of Hrant Dink Foundation in Istanbul.

Persecutions > Human rights and crimes against humanity

David and Goliath in the Caucasus

The Professor at Israel's Open University, Yair Auron, author of numerous books about genocide cases and founder of Gariwo Israel, published in Haaretz a reflection on the difficult issues of Armenian identity and the struggle against genocide denial.

Persecutions > Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide in the Great War

The genocide against the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during the Great War (1915-2015): this is the title of the international conference that will take place in Paris at the Mémorial de la Shoah from 25 to 28 March, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

the analysis

​When self-sacrifice leads to evil

editorial by Gabriele Nissim, chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous, 26 May 2015

Does self-sacrifice necessarily lead to the accomplishment of Good? This is the key question that the stimulating book by Israeli philosopher Moshe Halbertal, On Sacrifice, recently published in Italy by Giuntina, raises on this subject. An established habit to follow a certain Catholic moral would seem to suggest so.

Those who renounce themselves in the name of an upper good, be that a cause such as revolution, self-sacrifice at war, or putting one’s aspirations aside to fulfil the dreams of one’s parents, would deserve our appreciation anyway. Things are not really so easy. 

Happy Birthday Sir Nicholas Winton!

Nicholas Winton

Nicholas Winton was born in England on May, 19 1909. In 1938 he became a stockbroker in London. In September of the same year Hitler invaded the Czechoslovak Sudetenland. Winton was about to leave for a skiing holiday, when he received a phone call from a friend at the British Embassy in Czechoslovakia: "I need your help. Don't bother bringing your skis."  He would save 669 Jewish children arranging train trips to London. 

"The letter to Hitler"

Gabriele Nissim's book

Gabriele Nissim's latest book tells the story of Armin T. Wegner, witness to the Armenian genocide, the totalitarian drift of the Soviet Union and the Holocaust. It is a powerful account of how a "special German" defied the cruellest power to denounce persecutions against the Armenians and the Jews. 

The movie

The Cut

Fatih Akin, German director with Turkish origins, recalls the facts and the story of an Armenian father of two girls during the terrible years of the Armenian Genocide, in the occasion of its Centenary.

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