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Witnesses to Truth

Fayez El Ghossein - Righteous for the Armenians

23 December 2004, Siria, stone commemorating Fayez El Ghossein donated by the Union of Italian Armenians.
23 April 2005, Ceremony at Yerevan’s Memorial Wall. Fayez was the author of the first book to denounce the Armenian Genocide, which he witnessed in person

Witnesses to truth

trying to stop the villains for a better future

Witnesses play a key role as a genocide case unfolds because they allow for reporting the ongoing crimes and calling for the world powers to stop it.This was made by Armin Wegner back at the beginning of the past centurym during the genocide against the Armenians in Anatolia. He remained unheeded, as was Jan Karski, the courier of the Polish resistance to London and Washington, who did never succeed in forgiving himself for not being able to persuade the "great men of earth" about the need to step in to stop the Shoah.Nonetheless, they both not only advocated international intervention, but also felt the duty to document persecution. They became witnesses beyond the present time, to advocate a better future. Running major personal risks, Wegner shot hundreds pictures, which remain the only exhaustive documentation up to the present day enabling us to counter all attempts to deny the Armenian genocide and to bring justice to the victims.Karski wanted risked his life for he wanted to check personally what was happening in the Warsaw Ghetto and in the Nazi camps to which the Jews where deported, so that he could bear indisputable testimony against the attempt to conceal the evidence of extermination.The writers, poets, intellectuals who dared report the Soviet tyranny depriving people of their freedom and dignity in the USRR were interned in the gulags, where many ot them died of hunger and hardship.

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