Descendants of the Armenian Genocide will not allow their history to be forgotten or, worse, treated as if it didn’t happen, according to app.com.
“This genocide is a genocide that is denied. We know it happened and we wanted to make a statement to the community,” said Dale Daniels, executive director of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education, located at Brookdale Community College’s Lincroft Campus.
On Sunday CHHANGE and the local Armenian community will tell the story of the genocide through surviving photographs and archival items at the opening of an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
On display will be “A Journey to Life: Armenia, an historical exhibit,” and an art exhibit “Illuminating Images: A Hundred-Year Remembrance.”
“Part of the story is how the victims reclaimed their humanity after being dehumanized,” said Daniels.
CHHANGE will present the finished collection of 54 eye witness accounts told from the descendents of the survivors whose families now live in Monmouth County. The book, titled “Hundred-Year Legacy of Courage: Celebrating the Lives of Armenian Genocide Survivors in Our Community,” took volunteers one year to compile.
“We’ve captured this history for future generations,” said Daniels. “It’s a very powerful book and a testament to the genocide.”
Daniels said the Turkish government still denies the genocide. Even the United States government, she said, does not recognize the genocide.
The opening is from 2 to 5 p.m. The exhibit will be available until Oct. 15.