On 24 April every year the Armenian people remember the anniversary of the Metz Yeghern (Great Evil), the genocide perpetrated by the government of the Young Turks in 1915 to annihilate the Armenian minority in the Ottoman-dominated lands. In Armenia thousands of people flock to the capital Yerevan for the annual procession to the Dzidzernagapert (Hill of Swallows), the site of the mausoleum that commemorates the victims of the massacres.
At the end of the ceremony the ashes – or a fistful of earth from the burial place – of a Righteous person are entombed in the Wall of Remembrance, as a sign of gratitude on the part of the Armenian people. In addition, a tree is planted in that person's name in the Garden of the Righteous for the Armenians, beside the Genocide Museum.
This place of remembrance was created in 1995 by the museum director Laurenti Barseghian and by Pietro Kuciukian, founder of the International Committee of the Righteous for the Armenians – Memory is the future. The Committee assigns the title to those who strove to rescue the persecuted or to stop the massacres and denounce the responsibility of the government of the Young Turks to the world.
Alongside the Righteous and the witnesses of that time, the site also honours those who are still struggling to safeguard the memory of those tragic events.
Certain streets and schools, in Armenia, are dedicated to these Righteous people.
Righteous in the Garden
- Bodil Biorn (1871 - 1960) communicate with the Righteous
- James Bryce (1838 - 1922) communicate with the Righteous
- Fayez El Ghossein (1883 - 1938) communicate with the Righteous
- Anatole France (1844 - 1924) communicate with the Righteous
- Giacomo Gorrini (1859 - 1950) communicate with the Righteous
- Karen Jeppe (1876 - 1935) communicate with the Righteous
- Johannes Lepsius (1858 - 1926) communicate with the Righteous
- Henry Morgenthau (1856 - 1946) communicate with the Righteous
- Fridtjof Nansen (1861 - 1930) communicate with the Righteous
- Armin T, Wegner (1886 - 1978) communicate with the Righteous
- Franz Werfel (1890 - 1945) communicate with the Righteous
Communicate with the Righteous
Il tuo lavoro dimostra come si possa essere giusti semplicemente mettendo il talento creativo al servizio della verità.
Ho conosciuto tuo figlio, caro Armin. Le sue parole forti, commoventi lasciano solchi profondi. Degno tuo testimone ascoltato con piacere.
Mi sono sentito orgoglioso di essere italiano quando ho letto la storia sconosciuta del diplomatico che non ha taciuto di fronte all'orrore
Voci nel deserto: giusti e testimoni per gli armeni, [...]by Pietro Kuciukian
Photos of Armenian GenocideThe genocide shown in pictures from the archives of Armenian Institutions and Righteous for the Armenians.
Cultural genocideYerevan Genocide Museum tackles the problem of the cultural annihilation of Armenians in 1915.
Destination Yerevan, the Wall of Remembrance
In the Wall of Remembrance in Dzidzernagapert the Armenians keep the earth and ashes of the honored Righteous. This photogallery shows the original tombs and the symbolic taking of a fistful of ashes or earth, then moved to Yerevan to be kept in the Wall of Remembrance.
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Wefor is our Website dedicated to the figures of moral resistance against totalitarianism. The virtual Gardens of Europe’s Righteous and the teaching section YouFor are the core of this project realized by Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous. Through the establishment of the European Day of the Righteous by the Brussels Parliament, Wefor has received its highest recognition.