Tuesday, April 01, 2008

JCRC: Armenians and Jews survived genocide

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ As part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide and other crimes against humanity, the Armenian Assembly of America partnered with the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston to support “Out of Darkness”, a performance dance exploring the tragic events of 1915.The Assembly and JCRC co-hosted a reception for the March 22nd performance, which featured the world-renowned Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Sayat Nova Dance Company, the internationally-known Armenian troupe. Adapted from Lerman’s Small Dances About Big Ideas, “Out of Darkness” explores mass violence in contemporary times and provides a healing reflection on the scope of human compassion. Leaders from the Armenian and Jewish communities, including Israeli Consular General to New England Nadav Tamir, attended the pre-reception and the performance.In her remarks at the reception, Nancy K. Kaufman, Executive Director of the JCRC of Greater Boston, reminded those gathered of the special connection that both communities share and the importance of remembering and acknowledging the genocides perpetrated against both Jews and Armenians in the last century.This came during the same week that Andrew Tarsy, former Director of the Anti-Defamation League of New England, gave a major speech at Northeastern University, where he expressed hope that the next President of the United States will acknowledge the Armenian Genocide by its proper name.“When the term ‘genocide’ applies, as it does...in the case of the Armenians, it is imperative that we be unhesitating and unambiguous in applying it, regardless of the political consequences,” said Tarsy, who is now working for Facing History and Ourselves. “Anything less facilitates the obfuscation of truth. Anything less dishonors the memory of the dead, and anything less ultimately imperils the safety of the living.”Tarsy also said that the common ground Jews and Armenians find as victims of genocide makes them uniquely interested in understanding each others’ historical experience. “Their mutual empathy can be a source of healing, and their mutual efforts can produce wisdom,” he explained. “The opportunity for the Armenian community and Jewish community to join in partnership projects to explore our common experience with genocide does sensitize our communities to each others’ sufferings,” said Board of Trustees Public Affairs Chair Anthony Barsamian. “It is important that our communities continue to work together and draw lessons from the past to prevent future crimes against humanity, such as the current genocide in Darfur.”

1 comment:

Palma said...

Good for people to know.