German City to Establish Johannes Lepsius Museum

BERLIN–During his "state of the city" address last Friday–mayor of Potsdam Matius Platsek outlined the important role the Armenian community of Potsdam has played and unveiled plans to establish the Johannes Lepsius museum at the residence of the late Genocide advocate.

"The Armenian people of this city play–and have played–an integral and inseparable role in the city’s history with ties to Johannes Lepsius," said the Potsdam mayor.

Lepsius was the German attorney who gained international recognition for pressing the international community regarding the horrors of the Armenian Genocide which he witnessed.

Platsek cited the February 2–1998 unveiling of the Johaness Lepsius Street as the first step in ensuring that the Armenian Genocide would not be forgotten.

His Holiness Karekin I–the late Catholicos of All Armenia’s was present during the street unveiling and commented that "Lepsius became a valuable asset to German-Armenian relations."

The mayor stressed that the project to convert Lepsius’ residence to a museum "will become the challenge for the city of Potsdam and will create an opportunity for international historians and academics to meet one another at a permanent address for discussing religious–cultural and historical matters."

Lepsius house is located at 455 Grosse Weinmeister Strasse. He lived in that residence from 1907 to 1926.

The Potsdam mayor said had blessed the project during his visit in 1998 and called a "a pleasant work of God."

A monument commemorating Lepsius is also set to be erected at the museum.

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