Former US Ambassador Evans to Speak at Holy Trinity Armenian Church


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston will present a series of events celebrating books and courage and legends. For its first event, and as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide, Holy Trinity Armenian Church is honored to have the former Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia, John M. Evans, author of Truth Held Hostage, speak at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday, April 23, at 12:15 p.m., in the Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall of the church complex at 145 Brattle St.

Evans’ book, Truth Held Hostage: America and the Armenian Genocide; What Then? What Now? is being hailed as the most important work about the Armenian Genocide by a US diplomat since Ambassador Morgenthau’s story in 1918.

All are welcome to attend. A complimentary light luncheon will be served.

Fr. Vasken A. Kouzouian, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, said, “We are honored to welcome this heroic former United States diplomat to Holy Trinity. Ambassador Evans stood up for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in ways no other diplomat has in recent memory. To hear his story first-hand will leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all ages. His personable and endearing nature comes through in his book, Truth Held Hostage. I hope copies of his important work are found in every Armenian-American home all across the country. I believe Armenians will find reason to respect Ambassador Evans by coming to Holy Trinity to hear him speak.”

Evans, a Foreign Service Officer in the United States State Department for more than 35 years (1971-2006), served as United States ambassador to Armenia from 2004 to 2006, until he lost his job for using the word “Genocide” to describe the Turkish government’s policy of extermination of Armenians in 1915. Over the course of his career, Evans served with distinction in diplomatic posts in Tehran, Prague, Moscow, Brussels (NATO), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, St. Petersburg and Washington, reaching the rank of Minister-Counselor. A native of Williamsburg, Va., Evans was educated at Yale and Columbia universities and is an avid student of Russian history.

In addition to Truth Held Hostage, he is the author of Therefore God Must Be Armenian! Sixteen Talks Given on Armenian Issues (2007-2012).

Following his talk, Evans will sign copies of his books. A limited number will be available for purchase. Those attending may bring their personal copies to be inscribed.