Genocide Commemoration Stamp
issue by France
Lebanon Stamp to Honour
Armenian Genocide Victims January 2014
a Polish Lawyer of Jewish descent, first coined the term
“genocide” in 1944 to describe the systematic extermination of
Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.
What is Genocide
The term Genocide was coined
by Polish-Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin in 1944,
whose family was one of the victims of the
Jewish Holocaust. By defining this term, Prof.
Lemkin sought to describe Nazi politics of
systematic murder, violence and cruelty and
atrocities committed against the Armenians in
the Ottoman Empire in 1915 as well.
On December 9, 1948, the
United Nations approved the Convention on the
Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of
Genocide. The Convention defines Genocide as an
international crime, which signatory nations
undertake to prevent and punish.
Pope Francis leads Mass commemorating Armenian
On April 12, His
Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of
All Armenians; attended a Papal Holy
Mass at the St. Peter's Basilica of
Rome at the Vatican, offered by Pope
Francis of the Roman Catholic
Church, in commemoration of the
100th anniversary of the Armenian
Genocide. During the Holy Mass Pope
Francis conferred the title of
«Doctor of the Church» to the
Armenian saint, St. Gregory of Narek.
At the end of the mass, a requiem
service was offered in memory of the
victims of the Armenian Genocide.
Պապական Ս. Պատարագ Վատիկանում՝
նվիրված Հայոց ցեղասպանության 100-րդ
Ապրիլի 12-ին Ն.Ս.Օ.Տ.Տ. Գարեգին Բ
Ծայրագույն Պատրիարք և Ամենայն Հայոց
Կաթողիկոսը Վատիկանում մասնակցեց
Հայոց Ցեղասպանության 100-րդ տարելիցի
առիթով Սուրբ Պետրոսի տաճարում Հռոմի
Կաթոլիկ Եկեղեցու Քահանայապետ
Ֆրանցիսկոս Պապի կողմից մատուցված Ս.
Սրբազան արարողության ընթացքում
Հայաստանյայց Առաքելական Եկեղեցու
հայրերից սուրբ Ս. Գրիգոր Նարեկացին
Կաթոլիկ Եկեղեցու կողմից հռչակվեց «Եկեղեցու
վարդապետ»: Պատարագի ավարտին հայկական
ծեսով կատարվեց հոգեհանգստյան
արարողություն` Մեծ Եղեռնի
նահատակների համար, որից հետո Ամենայն
Հայոց Կաթողիկոսն իր խոսքն ուղղեց
Ֆրանցիսկոս Պապին և ներկա հավատավոր
Several soldiers of ANZAC became victims
eyewitnesses of the Armenian Genocide and after
the end of WWI returned to Australia and were
engaged in organization of humanitarian actions.
SOURCE: The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute
Armenian liturgical mass at St Mary’s Cathedral
An Armenian liturgical Holy Mass
will be jointly celebrated by all the Armenian
Churches in Sydney at St. Mary’s Cathedral on 2nd
May 2015 at 11.00am for the souls of the victims
of the Armenian Genocide.
Once again we stress the
importance of attending this Holy Mass to pray
for the souls of our ancestors who perished,
whilst being subjected to the most inhumane and
atrocious methods of torture and humiliation, a
heinous crime perpetrated by the Ottoman
government of the day.
This Special Mass will be
televised so that the general public and the
world can see and realize and become aware of
the calamity that was inflicted upon our
forefathers in 1915.
RECOGNITION - State of NSW, Ryde City Council,
Willoughby City Council
October 1915 edition of the well-known
American “National Geographic Magazine” was
almost entirely dedicated toArmeniaand
the history of the Armenian people.
The edition thoroughly covered the Armenian
Church, Armenian family and system of
values. Massacres of Armenians are broadly
presented in the edition. Full version of
the Journal is available at
The term 'Genocide' was coined by Polish
writer and attorney, Raphael Lemkin, in 1941 by
combining the Greek word 'genos' (race) with the
Latin word 'cide' (killing). Genocide as defined
by the United Nations in 1948 means any of the
following acts committed with intent to destroy,
in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial
or religious group.
Council of Europe Secretary General
speaking at the global forum “Against
the Crime of Genocide” in Armenian capital Yerevan
22/04/2015 (Public Radio of Armenia)
Speaking about the Armenian Genocide,
Thorbjorn Jagland said “what was
committed against the Armenian people
hundred years ago was the loss of not
only Armenians but also the entire
“I am sad, I am thinking about those
people who lost their lives during that
tragedy. I am excited to be here. I am
from Fridtjof Nansen’s country, and I am
even more excited in this connection,
the Secretary General of the Council of
Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, stated at the
International Social and Political
Global Forum against the Crime of
He noted that one hundred years ago the
Armenians were brutally killed, and
thousands of Armenians were driven to
poverty. “This was not only the loss of
the Armenians, but the loss of the
world,” he said.
“To prevent new tragedies, we should
sympathize with those who suffered and
paid with their lives,” Jagland said.
In his words, politics hampers sympathy.
“All states have the responsibility to
prevent violations of rights against
innocent people. First of all, it is the
states that have the duty to prevent
ethnic cleansings and the international
organizations should support them.”
“Armenia is a state that inspires hope.
You have been able to turn your
suffering into strength, and the entire
world can see it this week,” Mr. Jagland
The Armenian genocide was the Ottoman
government’s systematic extermination of its
minority Armenian subjects from their historic
homeland within the territory constituting the
present-day Republic of Turkey
Ellie Wiesel once wrote that denial of genocide
is the last chapter of genocide. In this
respect, the Armenian Genocide continues to
traumatize its victims even 100 years later
Some 80 years before that, in September of 1915,
Pope Benedict XV was the only sovereign to
publicly intervene in favor of the Armenians. He
sent a letter to Sultan Mohammed V in which he
highlighted the seriousness of the massacres and
asked, in vain, for them to stop. According to
the Vatican’s files, other letters would follow
with the same results.
“We’re told of entire populations of villages
and cities being forced to abandon their homes
and moved with untold hardship and suffering to
distant concentration camps,” the 1915 letter
says. “We exhort to your magnanimous generosity
to have pity and intervene in favor of this
A group of Israelis have launcheda
three languages (English, Russian and Hebrew),
urging Israel to officially recognize the
Armenian Genocide. The petition reads:
“There is no doubt in Israel whatsoever about
the fact of the Armenian Genocide, more so, it
was Israeli historians who were among those
pioneers who started researching this matter.
The term GENOCIDE was initiated by a Jew, Rafael
Lemkin, who first used it to define the mass
slaughter of Armenians in Ottoman Empire and
Jews by the Nazi Germany.
This makes it outrageous, even shameful to see
the inability of Israeli Knesset and Israeli
State Department to officially recognize the
fact of Armenian Genocide for the fear of
compromising the so-called friendly relations
between Israel and Turkey.
Twenty three countries have already taken this
step. It is time for Israel as well to
officially recognize the annihilation of one and
a half million Armenians as Genocide.
In April 2015 in will be exactly 100 years since
those terrible events.