Among the numerous initiatives launched to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian Genocide is a reading of Armenian literary works on a grand scale. Organized by two cultural institutions in Germany, the initiative will honor the memory of Armenian intellectuals rounded up and killed on April 24, 1915, by presenting public readings of their works and those of later writers, the Armenian Mirror-Spetator reports.
On November 20, at the Bundespressekonferenz in Berlin, Dr. Rolf Hosfeld, director of the Lepsiushaus, and Ulrich Schreiber of the International Literature Festival Berlin, presented the initiative to representatives of the international press. The call issued by the organizers, reads as follows: “The International Literature Festival Berlin (ilb) and the Lepsiushaus Potsdam are calling for a worldwide reading on April 24, 2015, the day that marks 100 years since the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.
“Several hundred Armenian intellectuals — poets, musicians, parliamentary representatives and members of the clergy — were arrested in Constantinople (today Istanbul) on April 24, 1915, and deported to the Turkish interior where most of them were murdered. It was the start of a crime against humanity. The extermination of the Armenians during World War One was the first systematically planned and executed genocide of modern times. More than a million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire died during this genocidal campaign.
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