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The Armenian Righteous in the Milan Garden

Eight trees in six years

The memorial stone in honor of Armin T. Wegner at Milan Garden of the Righteous

The memorial stone in honor of Armin T. Wegner at Milan Garden of the Righteous Gariwo

During the genocide against the Armenian people (1915 – 1923) perpetrated by the government of the "Young Turks", in which over 1.5 million people died, there were also steady supporters of Good who decided not to turn away and risked their lives to oppose genocide.

At the Garden of the Righteous in Milan, over the years, many figures have been honored by planting trees and unveiling memorial stones.

Folllowing are the inscriptions on the stones:

To Pietro Kuciukian
In honor of the Righteous for the Armenians in Dzidzernagapert, Yerevan

To Hrant Dink
Murdered in Istanbul for defending the memory 
of the Armenian genocide in Turkey

To Giacomo Gorrini
Italian consul in Trabzond in 1915, 
witness to the Armenian genocide, which he reported 
to the international community while it was ongoing

To Armin T. Wegner
German writer, he denounced to the world the genocide
against the Armenians and he wrote in vain to Hitler in 1933 
not to persecute the Jews

To Ayse Nur Zarakoglu
Turkish publisher, she devoted her life to the defense of 
civil rights, truth and memory in her own country

To Fridtjof Nansen
Norwegian explorer and Peace Nobel laureate 
in 1922, he created a "passport" for the stateless 
and rescued the Armenians and refugees

To Beatrice Rohner
Swiss educator, she risked her life to rescue 
in Turkey the Armenians orphans who had survived genocide
in 1915-16
 

To Mehmet Gelal Bey

An Ottoman Turk, Mayor of Aleppo, he opposed
the directives of his government that imposed the elimination 
of the Armenian people in the genocide of 
1915

16 April 2015

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Metz Yeghern

the genocide of the Armenians

In the framework of first world war (1914-1918), in the area of the Ottoman Empire, in Turkey, we witness the unfolding of the genocide of the Armenian people (1915 – 1923), the first of the Twentieth century. Through it the government of the "Young Turks", which seized power in 1908, carried out the elimination of the Armenian ethnic group, which has inhabited the Anatolic area since the Seventh century b.C..
In the memory of the Armenian people, and also according to the historian's estimates, two thirds of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, nearly 1,500,000 people, perished. Many were the children forced to convert to Islam and the women sent to the harems. The deportation and extermination of 1915 were preceded by the pogroms of 1894-96 planned by Sultan Abdul Hamid II and by those of 1909 carried out by the government of the "Young Turks".

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