Gomitas Institute Donates Armenian Genocide Books to US Congress Members

WASHINGTON–DC (Armenpress)–In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide–the UK-based Gomitas Institute on Armenian Genocide studies has donated 500 copies of its latest publication–United States Official Records on the Armenian Genocide 1915-17–to members of the US Senate and House of Representatives.

This initiative was taken at the request of a generous benefactor–and made possible through the support of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues–as well as the Washington–DC based Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA); the move comes as the incoming 109th Congress faces consideration of the Armenian Genocide Resolution.

"With the publication of this volume–the Gomitas Institute has–once again–provided a vital resource for all those working to overcome the Turkish government’s shameful campaign to pressure the United States into complicity in Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide," said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. "The comprehensive and compelling evidence assembled in this book establishes the US response to the Armenian Genocide as a critical milestone in American history–one that Turkey should not be allowed to erase."

United States Official Records on the Armenian Genocide 1915-17 was published by the Gomitas Institute and is the latest book among the expanding resources on the Armenian Genocide–currently utilized by students–scholars–and journalists.

"The documen’s in this book provide a first-hand look at the efforts of US consuls and the American Ambassador in Constantinople to engage the US government in ending the systematic destruction of the Armenian people. Sadly–these efforts were ultimately unsuccessful–the massacres continued–and most Armenia’s perished as a result. . . It is our hope that this publication will help educate America’s leaders and the general public about the Armenian Genocide and the need for the US Congress to enact legislation that recognizes this tragedy as genocide. Finally–we must ensure that the lessons learned from this tragedy are used to prevent future genocides." write Congressmen Frank Pallone and Joseph Knollenberg in their forward of the book.

A sister publication–United States Diplomacy on the Bosphorus: The Diaries of Ambassador Morgenthau 1913-1916–will soon be printed.

Serving as an invaluable record of the Armenian genocide in all its complexities–the two books reveal to what extent the United States government knew about the Armenian genocide–as early as the summer of 1915.

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