Israel Honors Armenian Who Saved Jews

The Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (ArmRadio)—In July of 2013, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial and institute, Yad Vashem, recognized Armenian citizen Harutyun Khachatryan’s humanitarian efforts during the Jewish Holocaust of World War II and honored him with the Jewish state’s title of “Righteous Among the Nations.” An award ceremony for the Khachatryan family by an Israeli delegation will take place in Yerevan on Feb. 4, during which a certificate of the “Righteous Among the Nations” will be handed to the family of the Armenian hero.

For more than three years the Raoul Wallenberg International Foundation, along with a number of other projects, has been involved in the identification of those Armenian heroes who displayed exceptional courage during World War II and saved the lives of those who were in the clutches of death.

The organization’s meticulous research work brought forth results. Thanks to the efforts of a RWIF volunteer, Artiom Chernamoryan, the story of this Armenian hero was revealed and the official awarding ceremony took place in Yerevan on Sep. 12 at the Presidential Palace of the Republic of Armenia with the participation of the President of Armenia Serz Sarkisian, founder of the Raoul Wallenberg International Foundation Baruch Tenembaum from New York, vice-president Daniel Rainer, and volunteer Artiom Chernamorian from Israel, as well as many accredited ambassadors and members of the Government of Armenia.

During the official ceremony, Tenembaum awarded a “Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal” to the granddaughter of Harutyun Khachatryan, Anna Khachatryan, who had provided the whole family archive to the foundation and along with the volunteers supported to reveal the story of the Armenian hero. Tenembaum solemnly awarded a “Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal” to the president of Armenia Serz Sarkisian on behalf of all Armenian heroes.

RWIF is a global non-profit organization with a primary mission to research, preserve and spread the legacy of Raoul Wallenberg and other brave men and women, who saved the lives of persecuted people during the Jewish Holocaust and other conflicts. This mission is supported by the leaders of more than 300 countries and Nobel Prize laureates. One of the honorary members of the foundation is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now famously known as Pope Francis.

Chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg International Foundation, Eduardo Ernekian, and founder Baruch Tenembaum send their congratulations to the Khachatryan family and promise to do everything possible to shed light on the stories of more Armenian heroes.


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  1. Kevork said:

    Its too bad we can’t honor any Jews who saved Armenians during our Holocaust… I guess because there were none, and in fact they made the job of Turks easier.

    • Solomon said:

      Henry Morgenthau Sr. an American ambassador to the Ottoman Empire who was Jewish and tried to stop the Armenian Genocide and has written documents about it.

  2. Moron Radd said:

    Wonderful, and tomorrow it will be business as usual for the Jews, a) help Turkey deny the AG b) help resist AG efforts here in the US c) spit on Armenian clergyman in Jerusalem , d) sell our Azeri enemies weapons, etc.

    But don’t worry fellow Armenians, that’s tomorrow and the rest of this year, today you “righteous among nations”.

    We should also come up with a title for Jews that do not feverishly help Turkey deny restitution and recognition for the horrors Armenians suffered during the AG. This honor will be called “Righteous Among the Jews”, and it’s reserved for those Jews that are not complicit denialists.

    Sorry Abe Foxman, you don’t qualify, there is a special place in hell reserved for you.

  3. Hratch Zadoian said:

    So what did Harutyn Khatchatrian do? Yes, it is great that was recognized by Yad Vashem. But is it too much trouble for Azbarez to tell the story? Are not the deeds more important than the recognition?

  4. GeorgeMardig said:

    When will the real substance come, the Armenian Genocide recognotion.

  5. Dr.Hermon Mihranian said:

    This the reason wgy should Israel recognize the Armenian Genocide

  6. ashot said:

    It’s sad how we philander to the ones who were responsible…. armenians need to get over our victim mentality lets leave that to the Jews and blacks…. lets get off our knees… and stand on our own two feet…. Jews will never show pity for what they did….most of the “young Turks” we’re actually crypto Jews

  7. Sokimag said:

    Armenia should try to improve it’s relation with Israel. That can only benefit us. Israel won’t blackmail us like Russia does. We would be free to buy army weapon from them. It would be much better for us.

  8. Alex Postallian said:

    So,why don’t Israel,quit the double-talk,and recognize the ARMENIAN GENOCIDE ( its all about them,nobody else)

  9. Alex Postallian said:

    So,why don’t Israel,quit the double-talk,and recognize the ARMENIAN GENOCIDE ( its all about them,nobody else)