Armenian Museum’s Statement on the 109th Anniversary of the Genocide

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Photo from the Armenian Museum of America Annually we host thousands of visitors who learn about the Genocide, as well as the history and culture of Armenia thought artifacts and exhibitions; historian Khatchig Mouradian conducted several educational workshops this month with students visiting our galleries.

The Watertown-based Armenian Museum of America released a statement on the 109th Anniversary of the Genocide. Read it below.

The Armenian Genocide was the attempted annihilation of the Armenian people – physically and culturally – from their ancestral homeland. This brutal murder of the Armenian nation by the Ottoman Turks constitutes the first genocide of the 20th century.

Those who carried out the crime were never held to account and successive Turkish governments deny the Armenian Genocide, which began on April 24, 1915.

The failure of the international community to respond decisively to this epic tragedy encourages other regimes to conduct similar murderous campaigns, and it was a precursor to the Holocaust. We have witnessed the ongoing legacy of the Genocide in Artsakh in 2020-2024, where Azerbaijan is carrying out a policy of ethnic cleansing and cultural erasure.

The Armenian story is one of survival and resilience, while at the same time prevention and punishment for the crime of genocide remains a challenge for all people who believe in a world based on human rights and justice.

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