Richard Hovannisian Lectures in Toronto About Rescuers & “Righteous” Turks & Armenians

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Armenian-American academic Richard Hovannisian delivered two lectures in Toronto, one at the Sephardic Kehila Centre and the other at the Armenian Community Centre. The event was organized by the IIGHRS (which is a division of the Zoryan Institute), with the participation of the Armenian Community Centre the Armenian General Benevolent Union of Toronto, and the Canadian Jewish Congress-Ontario Region.

This from the Armenian Reporter Online:

Toronto – At the invitation of the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (IIGHRS), Professor Richard Hovannisian spoke at the 28th annual Holocaust Education Week in Toronto. His topic was “Righteous Turks and Armenian Righteous among Nations: Rescuers in the Armenian Genocide and the Jewish Holocaust.”

The week is known as the world’s largest commemoration of the Shoah, with some 160 events and 30,000 participants. The events include exhibitions, films, musical performances, book readings, survivor testimonies, panel discussions, and public lectures.

Professor Hovannisian holds the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He conducted a wide-ranging discussion of one of the most human and personal issues in genocide: what motivates individuals to risk their lives and often those of their families to save others who have been targeted by the state for annihilation.

Read the complete article here.

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