Campaign Begins Against Ellis Island Censorship

WATERTOWN–Mass.–The Armenian National Committee launched a nationwide letter writing campaign in response to the recent removal of photographs of the Armenian Genocide at an exhibit at the Ellis Island Museum.

On September 11–1997–the New York Times reported that officials at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum–run by the National Parks Service–asked Margaret Tellalian Kyrkostas–organizer of the exhibit–to remove photographs of the Armenian Genocide considered "gruesome and gory."

"Once again–the Armenian-American community is unified and determined to set the record straight," stated Grace Kehetian Kulegian–Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee/Eastern United States. "Our offices nationwide have heard from Armenia’s across the country prepared to write letters and make phone calls until this incident is solved."

"The ANC–too–is concerned about the spread of violence. However–we are not prepared to sanitize the Armenian Genocide," continued Kehetian Kulegian. "The violence of the past is an invaluable lesson to help deter such atrocities from happening again."

Armenia’s nationwide are urged to send letters to Diane Dayson of the National Parks Service as soon as possible and express their outrage and shock that photographs depicting the victims of the first Genocide of this Century were removed from the Ellis Island Museum.

The Armenian National Committee has also organized a meeting of Armenian-American community leaders with Ellis Island officials. The meeting will take place next week.

Letters should be addressed to:

Ms. Diane Dayson–Superintendent; Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Liberty Island; New York–NY 10004; Tel: 212-363-7771–Fax: 212-363-8347

For more information–contact the ANCA-WR office–104 N. Belmont Street–Glendale–CA 91206 Tel: (818) 500-1918.

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