Remembering Our Ancestors: Maps and Genealogy Resources for Armenian-Americans | The New York Public Library

As an Armenian-American keenly aware of the devotion to lost homeland of my ethnic compatriots, I’ve always been on the lookout for Armenians among the researchers from many large ethnic groups who have found their way to the Map Division. April 24 is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide, and one way to honor those who were not able to find refuge is to learn all we can about them and celebrate our link to them.

Petition for Naturalization of Arshile Gorky, indicating his place of birth, courtesy of U.S. National Archives, via Ancestry Library Edition

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Source: Remembering Our Ancestors: Maps and Genealogy Resources for Armenian-Americans | The New York Public Library

An American Muslim Responds to Muslim Orgs Questioning Armenian Genocide | Religion Dispatches

Yesterday I read an astonishing and upsetting press release. The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) released what I cannot in good conscience call anything but a cowardly prevarication in the face of moral tragedy. It is not only a forfeiture of what we, as Muslims, are called to—stand

 

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Source: An American Muslim Responds to Muslim Orgs Questioning Armenian Genocide | Religion Dispatches

Armenian genocide survivors’ stories: ‘My dreams cannot mourn’| The Guardian

To mark the centenary of the massacre, we asked readers to tell us how a legacy of mass killings and deportations has affected the way Armenians live now

The Ghazikian family on a picnic in Erzerum, known to Armenians as Garin, in 1915. Photograph: Melissa Selverian

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Source: Armenian genocide survivors’ stories: ‘My dreams cannot mourn’ | World news | The Guardian

Watch System of a Down (Wake Up The Souls) Live Concert in Los Angeles

System of a Down kicked off their “Wake Up The Souls” tour on April 6th at The Forum in nearby Inglewood, California to positive reviews. To say we’re fans of this all Armenian-American rock band is an understatement, especially since three of the band members attended school in Little Armenia. Having been to their live performances, we know first hand that their concerts are nothing short of an unforgettable out-of-this-world experience. The atmosphere is absolutely electric and the fans always amazingly spirited. On April 23rd, SOAD will be performing a (free) live concert for the first time in Yerevan, Armenia to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. If their shows are this incredible outside of Armenia, we can’t even begin to imagine how spectacular it will be in Yerevan. Since we can’t be there in person, we can only hope they live stream the show so we can all participate. And if they make it a pay-per-view event (and maybe donate some of the proceeds to genocide awareness programs), we will be first in line with our credit cards.

Watch System of a Down (Wake Up The Souls) Live Concert in Los Angeles
This video was taken by someone attending the concert at The Forum in Inglewood, CA on April 6, 2015. Most of the video is of good quality with a few sections not viewable.

Directors Slam Russell Crowe’s ‘Water Diviner’ Over Armenian Genocide Denial

Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian, co-directors of “1915 The Movie,” below present an open letter to Warner Bros., regarding the film “The Water Diviner.” On the April 24, 2015, the authors will mark the anniversary of the 1915 Armenian genocide along with tens of thousands of Armenians in a march from Hollywood Blvd. to the Turkish consulate to protest the country’s ongoing denial of the tragedy. Similar events will be held in New York and other major cities across the globe. The filmmakers will then travel to Armenia to screen “1915” for the Armenian government and their Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee.

Dear Warner Bros:

On April 24, 2015, your studio is set to release Russell Crowe‘s directorial debut “The Water Diviner” — a historical drama about an Australian father who travels to Gallipoli, Turkey, in search of his dead sons, who were among the Australian troops that landed there in 1915. He discovers, among other things, that the Turks were never really his enemies. In fact they were the noble victims who ultimately triumphed against the imperial West in World War I.

The problem is that April 24, 2015, also happens to be the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which was perpetrated by the very Turkish government whitewashed by “The Water Diviner.” It was on April 24, 1915 — the night before the Gallipoli landing — that the Young Turk regime set into motion its unprecedented plan: the efficient deportation and slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians and the destruction of their homeland of thousands of years.

Read complete letter here: http://www.thewrap.com/directors-slam-russell-crowes-water-diviner-over-armenian-genocide-denial-guest-blog/

System of a Down performs Sardarabad at the Forum in Inglewood, CA

The Battle of Sardarabad was a battle of the Caucasus Campaign of World War I that took place near Sardarabad (modern-day Armavir), Armenia from May 21–29, 1918. Sardarabad was only 40 kilometers west of the city of Yerevan. The battle is currently seen as not only stopping the Ottoman advance into the rest of Armenia but also preventing the complete destruction of the Armenian nation. Learn more… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sardarabad

Watch System of a Down perform Sardarabad at the Forum in Inglewood, CA on 4/6/2015  (Wake Up The Souls Tour)