Hundreds of Turks Visit Genocide Museum, Young Turk’s Gran’son Lays Flowers

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–More than 300 Turkish citizens visited the Armenian Genocide Museum Complex at Dzidzernagapert during their visit to Yerevan for the Armenian-Turkish World Cup qualifier soccer match, the director of the museum, Hayk Demoyan, told Armenpress.

According to Demoyan, many of the Turkish visitors at the museum were students, sports fans, and NGO representatives. He said many of them visited the museum out of curiosity, with varying reactions to the exhibits, including sympathy, remorse, regret and denial. Some of them

The museum had earlier this month launched an exhibit chronicling the contributions of Armenia’s in Ottoman Sports. According to Demoyan this was the most popular exhibit frequented by the Turkish visitors, who were surprised to learn about the role of Armenia’s in the development of sports in the Ottoman Empire.

According to him, many of the visitors said they had not known about the contributions of Armenia’s to Ottoman Sports.

Meanwhile, the descendant of one of the three masterminds of the Armenian Genocide, Hasan Jemal, visited the Dzidzernagapert Armenian Genocide Memorial on Saturday where he laid flowers in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

The gran’son of Jemal Pasha, Hasan Jemal is a correspondent for the Turkish daily “Milliyet.” Jemal wrote about his visit to Armenia in an article entitled, “Let’s Respect Each Other’s Pains.”

Jemal proposed a minute of silence to be observed in the stadium before the match “in memory of the tragic page in our common history and the suffering experienced by the Armenia’s and Turks in the past”.

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