Hovannisian’s Remembrance and Denial Introduced by Hamazkayin

GLENDALE–More than 200 community members gathered at the Glendale Public Library last Thursday to witness the introduction of Remembrance and Denial–the latest volume of work by the AEF Armenian Modern History Chair at UCLA–Prof. Richard Hovannisian.

Organized by the Western Regional executive of the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Association–with the participation of the compatriotic unions of Kharpert–Vasbouragan–Ourfa and Daron-Douruperan–the event attracted an array of individuals from the community–especially the youth.

In his presentation–Hovannisian stressed that Genocide denial was the fundamental issue facing Armenia’s–given that come the next century–the Armenian Genocide would be considered a reality of the past century.

He said that while other genocides–such as the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides–have garnered recognition and have made their way to international tribunals–the Armenian Genocide–had not yet received the necessary recognition.

Hovanessian explained that his new volume explores the Genocide denial issue from four angles: Denial–calling into question the actual occurrence of the Genocide; Reasoning–explanations or justification for the Genocide; the relative approach to the Genocide; and finally–and the most abhorred–the trivialization and simplification of the Genocide.

In his presentation–Hovannisian–discussed the Turkish and its allies’ approach of presenting the Genocide in the aforementioned categories–adding that the Jews are pressing to separate the Genocide from their Holocaust.

"The Genocide must become a daily curriculum for our daily schools," said Hovannisian who added that "our future generations must be taught to struggle and learn the means by which to acquaint ourselves with non-Armenia’s."

The program Mistress of Ceremonies–Eugenie Bedrossian–praised Hovannisian and his efforts in maintaining the Genocide issue alive and addressing the Armenian Cause within international forums.

She also stated that the introduction of the book–was fitting for the Hamazkayin–whose mission of introducing Armenian culture and education to the community continued to be maintained.

Also speaking at the gathering was Garo Momdjian–who has worked under the guidance and tutelage of Prof. Hovannisian for more than a decade.

He praised the Hovannisian for his ability to educate generations of Armenian youth on the most importance facet of Armenian life–the recognition of the Armenian Genocide–adding that while the professor was noted for his in depth research and studies on the first Armenian Republic–he has devoted his entire career on researching and advancing the Armenian Genocide issue.

In conclusion of the program and following Hovannisian’s commen’s–Hagop Mgrtchian of the Compatriotic Union of Daron presented the professor with a plaque of appreciation.

Hovannisian answered numerous questions and signed copies of his book.


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