The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum held a beautiful and worthwhile commemoration of the Armenian Genocide on the evening of 4/23/2015. I feel hopeful in seeing so many faiths gathered to remember and take a stance for life.
I hope that one day soon governments will gain the courage to recognize the Armenian Genocidal for the crime that it is rather than succumb to political pressure and threats, as recognition is the first step in preventing future genocides. Hitler himself knew, as he planned to enact the Final Solution against European Jews, that he would get away with it. As he stated, “After all, who remembers the Armenians.”
History will continue to repeat itself until the world understands that genocide will be recognized and called by its name, that its leaders will not receive impunity, and that sanctions will be enforced.
Until true action occurs, we have the power of memory and the power of education. One of the many compelling statements from this night that truly stood out to me, especially as we instinctively turn away from the horrors that the word “genocide” evokes, “Learning about genocide isn’t depressing. It is about the value of a life.”