Genocide Commemoration to Include Holocaust Remembrance on May 1


NEW YORK — Thousands of Armenians, Jews and their supporters will gather in Times Square to commemorate the Armenian Genocide and Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The theme of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration is “Turkey is Guilty of Genocide: Denying the Undeniable is a Crime.”

Dennis R. Papazian, PhD, national grand commander of the Knights of Vartan and founding director of the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Mary A. Papazian, PhD, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Lehman College, CUNY, will preside over the ceremonies.

Commemoration participants will include Armenian Genocide survivors, elected officials, humanitarian, cultural, religious, educational and community leaders.

Presenters include Richard G. Hovannisian, PhD, holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA, and Joan Rivitz, EdD, associate director of the New

Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education and commissioner and commission chair of the New Jersey Commission on Civil Rights. Other presenters include Attorney Mark J. Geragos, who helped lead groundbreaking federal class-action lawsuits against New York Life and other insurance companies for policies issued to Armenians living in Turkey prior to the Armenian Genocide; Rep. Anthony Weiner (DNY) and New York City Comptroller John C. Liu.

Rivitz, daughter of Holocaust survivors, said, “As descendants of survivors, we all suffer the insult of the deniers. It is critically important to commemorate the millions of people that perished during the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust and listen to the survivors’ first hand accounts since they are a precious dwindling resource. Time must not be allowed to dim memory, through this remembrance those who perished shield the living. It is also essential for young people to get involved and learn about the histories of the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust in order to strengthen their cultural identities and make certain never to let history repeat itself.”

The 96th Commemoration is organized by the Mid-Atlantic chapters of Knights & Daughters of Vartan and co-sponsored by Armenian General Benevolent Union, the Armenian Assembly of America, the Armenian National Committee of America, the Armenian Council of America and ADL-Ramgavars.

Participating organizations include the Diocese of the Armenian Church, the Prelacy of the Armenian Church, the Armenian Missionary Association of America, the Armenian Catholic Eparchy for US and Canada, Mid-Atlantic Armenian Church Youth Organization of America and the Armenian Youth Federation.