YEREVAN—The decision to publish materials on the Armenian Genocide in the Vatican Archives—often called the “Secret Archives”—will benefit efforts to attain international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, said Hayk Demoyan, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Director, reported Epress.am.
Materials contained in the Vatican archives, where there is new information on the Armenian Genocide, will enrich Armenians’ knowledge about the brutality and inhumane treatment by the Turks, added Demoyan.
The Genocide museum director also said the materials in the Vatican Archives will serve as an anchor to be used within the international community to point out that the denial of Armenian Genocide is absurd.
“The Vatican has recognized the Armenian Genocide, having as its basis the letters of [Pope] Benedict XV where he clearly asked that the atrocities against the Armenians stop. With the opening of the archives, there will be a change in the sense that the information that’s come out periodically today will become enriched. And I am sure that there are individuals who bear this information who at a certain frequency place new facts into circulation,” added Demoyan.
Asbarez reported Tuesday an announcement that the Vatican intends to co-publish a book with documents and information about the Armenian Genocide.
Vatican Archives director Monsignor Sergio Pagano, who made the announcement said the information contained in the archives about the Armenian Genocide “make me feel ashamed to be a man. Without faith, they’d make me see only darkness.”
“When I read documents about the torture practices used by the Turks against the Armenians, I feel an irrepressible sense of pain and horror,” added Pagano.
According to Pagano, some of the papers describe how Turkish soldiers “bet and played dice to guess the sex of a child before stabbing him or her with a bayonet after extracting them out of the womb.”