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Yerevan Garden

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

Learn more

  • Photos of Armenian Genocide

    The genocide shown in pictures from the archives of Armenian Institutions and Righteous for the Armenians.
  • Cultural genocide

    Yerevan Genocide Museum tackles the problem of the cultural annihilation of Armenians in 1915.

Destination Yerevan, the Wall of Remembrance

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.


Original documents reproduced for reference.
Autograph sources, diaries, dedications, pictures, title pages, period articles, messages, phonograms, governmental, military and administrative clearances and orders, other archival exhibits.

Wefor is our Website dedicated to the figures of moral resistance against totalitarianism. The virtual Gardens of Europes 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.