Dr. Kaiser Visits Ferrahian High School Students

Dr. Hilmar Kaiser, a very serious and knowledgeable historian, presented a photo exhibition, followed by a very inspiring and down to earth lecture to Ferrahian High School students. The photos in the exhibition were all the result of Kaiser’s unrelenting and rigorous work in updating and researching archives from around the world that have any information regarding the Armenian Genocide and Turkish history during World War I. Armed with high resolution photos and immense knowledge, Kaiser was able to dissect and analyze piece by piece every photo in the exhibition, paying close attention to details and their implications. Details that would have been invisible to the untrained eye were explicitly pointed out to the students and teachers present in the room. Just listening to Dr. Kaiser’s insightful explanations was spellbinding, because not only were the details remarkable, but every point that he made was backed by undisputable proof. “My job is just like genetics,” Kaiser said, “you can assume nothing. You know only what you know and start from there. This is real work.”
After the exhibition, Dr. Kaiser entertained a very rapid and robust question and answer session with the students. Two questions that kept arising were if the guest lecturer was any part Armenian and what inspired him to be so involved with the Armenian Genocide. “I am pure German. What inspires me is that this is a political issue and a major human rights issue. [After all,] this genocide was committed by a modern state and a modern state is what governs us. If we are to let this go, we will be permitting this type of behavior around the world.” As the question and session answer became more involved with the students, Dr. Kaiser became more expressive and passionate. One question that was posed was, “In your opinion, where do you see the Armenian Diaspora 100 to 200 years from now?” “In my opinion, the Diaspora will not survive outside the homeland, may it be in Europe, USA, or the Middle East. If Armenia’s have any hope of preserving their identity, it will be back on your ground. You can join Armenian organization like the AYF or the ARF to do real work that will keep the community alive. It is harder to be an Armenian than an American. You have had things taken away from you that you must fight to keep and preserve. The future is in the youth. If you do not literally take over the community, you will not survive.” Dr. Hilmar Kaiser most recently published an introduction and provided commentary in a book entitled "The Memoirs of Abram Elkus: Lawyer, Ambassador Statesman." Abram Elkus was the American Ambassador to Turkey following Henry Morgenthau.

Ferrahian Calendar

Mon. 19, Tue. 20 & Wed. May 21 Final exam days – 11th and 12 grades only
Tuesday, May 20 End of early registration period (Fee: $475)
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30-10 p.m Elementary School Cultural Program, Avedissian Hall
Wednesday, May 21 Regular registration begins for 2008-2009 (Fee: $525)
May 22 – June 5 11th grade Class Trip to Armenia
Friday, May 23 Math Festival for K-8
Monday 26, May Memorial Day – school closed on Monday and Tuesday
Wednesday, May 28 – Armenian Independence Day – School closed
Sunday, June 1, 4 p.m. Preschool annual event, Avedissian Hall
Sunday, June 8, 2 p.m. Kindergarten Graduation Ceremonies
Thursday, June 12, 10 p.m. Senior Class – Grad Night (Disneyland Trip)
Friday, June 13 Review day for Final Exams – Grades 6-10
Sunday, June 15, 4 p.m. 5th Grade Graduation, Avedissian Hall

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