Starting, appropriately, with Glorious Light by Mesrop Mashtots from the fifth century, and two pieces by Komitas, the choir sang both sacred and secular music, from David Halajian, Vahram Sargsyan, Tatul Altunyan and Robert Petrosyan, to David MacIntyre, Claude Debussy, Sergey Pleshak, Richard Adler/Jerry Ross and Joe Garland. A beloved German folk song, performed impeccably in the original, enchanted the listeners. Read Further...
On October 3 Dresden hosted the celebrations for the Day of German Unity, the reunification that was forged in 1990. Bundestag president Norbert Lammert expressed optimism and pride that “We are living together today in a way that generations before us could only dream of: in unity and justice and freedom.” A day later prosecutors announced a decision that made clear that “freedom” includes freedom of speech and opinion, freedom of the press and of artistic expression. It was not a good day for Turkish president Recept Tayyip Erdogan. Read Further...
When artist Hakob Hovhannisyan returned to Armenia in 2008, after having lived and worked for years in St. Petersburg, he started looking for a place near his native Gumri to set up his studio. Among the many locations he surveyed was Gusanagyugh, a small village about 20 kilometers outside Gumri. Read Further...
Interview: The Implosion of the Erdogan-Gülen Family Devastates Turkey
Armenians Celebrate to Help Artsakh Victims
Much has been made of the official Turkish reaction to statements made by Pope Francis during his visit to Armenia June 24-26. That hysterical response was as predictable as it was tasteless. One might take due note, but then move on.
The central thrust of the Pope’s visit was not his recognition of the genocide per se but his guidance on the course to follow to overcome the enduring adversary relationship between Armenians and Turkey, and beyond. His appeal to Armenia’s church and political leaders, as well as its people — especially the younger generation — was to mobilize those same spiritual and psychological resources which have made Armenian survival possible to intervene in the cause of peace and justice, not only there but throughout the world. Read Further...
BERLIN — When the results of the vote were announced — all in favor, with only one nay and one abstention – the German Bundestag burst into applause. In the visitors’ gallery, rows of Armenians pulled out signs with the message “#Recognition Now says Thank you!” This was clearly a breach of parliamentary rules of conduct, but no one seemed to care. Then an Armenian flag was unfurled, another, more grave breach of conduct. Its bearer was discreetly escorted out of the hall. No matter.
Armenian women wept for joy. Read Further...
By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
BERLIN — The resolution on the Armenian Genocide, long awaited by the Armenian community especially in the diaspora, and long-feared by the Turkish establishment, is set to be put to a vote on June 2. As the Mirror-Spectator goes to press before that date, it is impossible to predict here how the proceedings will unfold and what they will yield. What is possible, however, is to present the content of the resolution, based on a draft proposal leaked to the press a few days before — a draft which as such is subject to changes in the course of the actual debate — and to sketch the parameters of the political debate it has unleashed. Read Further...
BERLIN — The visit had been planned long in advance, but it could not have come at a more delicate moment. When Armenian President Serge Sargsyan (also written as Sargisian) came to Berlin on April 6 for a two-day visit, the conflict between Nagorno-Karabagh and Azerbaijan was raging and German-Turkish relations were still being shaped by concerns regarding the refugee crisis. Read Further...
Among the events in the German capital commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Armenian genocide was a special ceremony to dedicate a khachkar in memory of the victims.
On the invitation of the German-Armenian Society (DAG) and the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia, a large crowd gathered on April 23 at the St. Hedwig's Cathedral for the unveiling of the impressive large stone cross.
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Berlin – Will the German Bundestag ever make up its mind about the genocide? This is the question raised last October when the news broke that the government coalition of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats (CDU-CSU/SPD) had agreed to put the issue on the back burner, for an undetermined period of time. The reason, clearly, was Berlin’s concerns not to endanger negotiations with Turkey regarding the refugee crisis that is destabilizing German politics and threatening the European Union with internal strife if not dissolution.
BOCHUM, Germany — Thousands of Armenian descendants of Genocide survivors, especially from the United States, have had the opportunity to travel though eastern Anatolia, in the search for the villages and towns their ancestors lost, many of them guided on pilgrimages organized by the indefatigable Armen Aroyan. In Germany over the past year large numbers of people have been able to make a similar trip, albeit vicariously, through the unique medium of art. Starting in 2015 in commemoration of the centenary of the genocide, Lisa Stybor, a German artist and art professor, launched a series of exhibits of works she composed during a six-week trek through those same lands. After having presented the show in Bochum in the context of Armenian cultural events, on February 5 she concluded an exhibit in Chemnitz, a city in the former Communist East Germany.
Among the hundreds of thousands of new titles exhibited at the Frankfurt book fair, the largest such fair in the world, are numerous studies on Armenia published this year, the centenary of the genocide. The Fachbuchjournal, a bi-monthly publication that reviews non-fiction works, issued its book fair edition with a special focus on this theme, referencing 20 works, twelve of them with extensive reviews. In an in-depth interview which opens the section, Wolfgang Gust, who published the relevant documents from the Foreign Ministry archives of Ottoman Turkey’s wartime ally Imperial Germany, comments on the status of genocide studies and the significance of centenary events. Read Furtner...
AUGUST 13 – One hot day in late July I received emails from two friends — one is Armenian and the other Italian — both alerting me to a curious letter circulating widely on the Internet. It had to do with the protests against electricity price hikes in Armenia, and coverage hinted that these might signal the start of a “colored revolution” in the country, aimed at toppling the government. Dated July 9, and written on the official letterhead of the USAID (United States Agency for International Development), the letter was addressed to Mr. Arthur Sakunts, President of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office. Read Further...
Special to the Mirror-Spectator, MAY 7, 2015 – In times of grave crisis, when it seems that the world has gone insane, when violence reigns, taking the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocents, and more often than not, the ideologically crazed perpetrators claim to be killing in the name of religion, then conventional political discourse seems to ring hollow. Crisis management at urgently convoked special summits yields well-meaning declarations and peace plans, but the bloody conflicts spread. In such critical junctures it may be that institutional actors from a loftier stance enter the stage and speak out, to assert a moral authority capable of emboldening political forces to think and act on a higher level.
This is what has occurred on the occasion of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. True, Armenians worldwide felt a stone had been lifted from their hearts, as one after another leading figure and institution acknowledged it was a genocide. True, the same Armenians felt disappointed (if not betrayed) when the American president failed to do so. Although of undeniable historic value, such events are not self-contained. Read Further
Historic Genocide Remembrance in Berlin
By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
Special to the Mirror-Spectator – April 30, 2015
BERLIN — Much has been made of the fact that German leaders, both spiritual and political, broke the taboo and acknowledged the Armenian genocide by name. More importantly, in their April commemorations they used Germany’s moral authority to shape an approach that Turkey could embrace. Read Further
Germans Say It Was Genocide
BERLIN — … As Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert announced, the final text that party leaders had presented their parliamentarians for the Bundestag debate would say that a hundred years ago the Turkish regime in Ottoman Constantinople began the planned expulsion and mass murder of over one million Armenians. Their fate serves as an example of the history of mass murders, ethnic cleansing, expulsions and genocides which has marked the 20th century in such a horrible manner.” Read Further
‘If Winter Comes, Can Spring Be Far Behind?’
With these words Percy Bysshe Shelley concluded his “Ode to the West Wind,” and they serve as well to characterize the mood pervading the commemorations in Germany of the 100th anniversary of the Genocide. On the one hand, it is the grim facts of that murderous process that are being presented in a variety of forms; on the other, it is the triumph of life over death which is being celebrated. True, the Armenians were massacred, their lands, homes and possessions confiscated, the traces of their very presence erased in clumsy attempts to write them and their culture out of the history of what is current-day Turkey. But the experiment has failed. Armenians and Armenian culture are alive and well, and that is cause for celebration. Read Further
BERLIN — The news from Rome hit Germany like a thunderbolt. As soon as the Armenian rite mass on April 12 had ended, news media flashed headlines across their websites and radio waves. The evening news programs opened with the announcement that Pope Francis had commemorated the victims of the Armenian genocide, and in those words. Pinar Atalay, the Turkish-German anchorwoman on national TV, spoke against a backdrop photo of Istanbul, a city, she said, where Armenians and Turks had lived together for centuries until the First World War. Read Further...
Papa Francesco sul genocidio armeno
Papst Franziskus: es war Völkermord
Pope Francis on the Armenian genocide
Am 23. April wird mit Bundespräsident Gauck erstmals ein deutsches Staatsoberhaupt an einem Gedenkgottesdienst für die Opfer des Genozids an den Armeniern teilnehmen. In den Fraktionen von Union und SPD gibt es Unmut über die Streichung des Begriffs "Völkermord" aus einem Resolutionsentwurf.
Der verdrängte Genozid
Warum Deutschland sich seiner Mitverantwortung am Völkermord an den Armeniern stellen muss
By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach – Special to the Mirror-Spectator
BERLIN – MARCH 12, 2015 – While in Turkey institutions a good hundred years after the fact are still inventing ways to deny that their predecessors in the Ottoman Empire perpetrated a genocide against the Armenians, in Germany efforts are afoot to explore its role, as Turkey’s wartime ally, in the extermination campaign.
Among the numerous events organized throughout the country to commemorate the centenary was an international conference March 1-3, focusing on the role of the German empire.
Calls on Turkey to Face History
BRUSSELS (A.W.)—On March 3, 2015, the European People’s Party (EPP) adopted a resolution recognizing and condemning the Armenian Genocide. According to the press service of the European Friends of Armenia, the resolution calls on Turkey to recognize and condemn the genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire as a basis for the complete normalization and Europeanization of its relationship along with its international commitments and European aspirations.
The Armenian Genocide Legacy, 100 Years On
6 and 7 March 2015
The Hague, The Netherlands
Teachers, Businessmen, Robots and Youth
By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach, Special to the Mirror-Spectator
United to Rebuild Armenian IT
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A Fairy Tale — But True...
By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
BERLIN — How can a film about the Genocide be good? How can one shape the representation of such a crime against humanity into a work of art? And how can one do that without reducing the magnitude of the horror or sacrificing historical veracity? The Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin has succeeded with his work, “The Cut,” now playing in movie theatres across Germany.
Armenians Make a Strong Showing at Frankfurt Bookfair
FRANKFURT, Germany — Frankfurt plays host to the most important and the oldest book fair in the world. This year 7,400 exhibitors from more than 100 countries joined to present their most recent publications and other cultural products.
Much Ado About a Little Book
That little book by Dr. Hagop Martin Deranian continues to provoke debate, now even in Germany. The slim volume, President Calvin Coolidge and the Armenian Orphan Rug, released last fall by the Armenian Cultural Foundation, unleashed broad discussion in the US.
New Review of
"Madmen at the Helm"
Offener Brief Kulturschaffenderhttp://www.gazaopenletter.de
in Deutschland zum Krieg in Gaza
Al Arab review of "Madmen at the Helm"
The London-based Arabic newspaper Al Arab published this review of the book, "Madmen at the Helm: Pathology and Politics in the Arab Spring."
Buchbesprechung "Madmen at the Helm: Pathology and Politics in the Arab Spring" in der Zeitung Al Arab aus London:
By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
GUMRI — Armenians in Gumri celebrated the 22nd anniversary of independence appropriately with music. On September 20, a day before the official festivities took place in Yerevan and other cities, leading national figures joined by international guests officiated over the open- ing of the brand new Octet music school, which had been destroyed in the 1988 earth- quake. Read Further...
Receives Saroyan Medal from Armenian Diaspora Ministry
On September 23, the Cezayir complex in Istanbul hosted the ceremony awarding Istanbul-based Armenian intellectual, philologist, writer and publicist Sevan Nisanyan’s family the William Saroyan Medal of the Diaspora Ministry. Renowned political, public and cultural figures were invited, including Turkish lawmaker Selina Dogan with her husband Erdal Dogan, President of “Anadolu Kültür” foundation Osman Kavala, Ufuk Uras, Armenian representative of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Arsen Avagyan. The event was moderated by journalist Hrant Gasparian.
Erdogan Support for Islamist Militants
Rumors, reports and allegations pertaining to covert support for terrorists by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government have circulated since the first armed Syrian groups convened in Turkey, in the early stages of the Syrian crisis.
To Be a German
or a Turk,
That is the Question
Relations between Berlin and Ankara, already strained by the German Bundestag’s June 2 resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide, have ratcheted down since, reaching a new low point in the wake of the Turkish government’s responses to the failed coup attempt on July 15. Though sighs of relief could be heard throughout Germany when it was confirmed that a military coup had been defeated (albeit at the cost of many lives), new apprehensions arose with the blow by blow reports of mass arrests, not only of military actors who had commanded tanks and occupied buildings, but of legions of others whose alleged crime was association with the movement of Fethullah Gülen, the man promptly designated as the mastermind behind the coup.Read Further...
Hier eine Erklärung von MdB Albert Weiler (CDU), Präsident des Deutsch-Armenischen Forums, und ein kurzes Interview von Muriel Mirak-Weißbach zum Thema in HR2 Info.
On June 2 2016, the German Bundestag (Parliament) passed a resolution recognizing the Annihilation of 1.5 Million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide.
Bundestag Member Albert Weilter (CDU), who is also President of the German-Armenian Forum, released this statement. For a short commentary on the resolution, Radio HR2 Info interviewed Muriel Mirak-Weissbach.
Pope Francis is preparing to visit first Armenia, then Azerbaijan and Georgia. With this visit, he is trying to bring peace and hope to a region that has been recently beset by troubles. He will visit Armenia June 24-26, and in the autumn, go to Georgia and Azerbaijan.
There are good reasons to believe that on June 2, the German Bundestag (Parliament) will vote up a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The government coalition parties, Christian Democratic Union and Christian Socialist Union (CDU-CSU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD), plus the Green party, have agreed on a unified text, after intense debate and repeated postponements.
When Bernhard Scheidt passed away in October last year, those closest to him thought long and hard about the most appropriate way to execute his estate. The German pianist and conductor, born in 1929 in Wiesbaden, had led a long and rich life in music, excelling as a student at the Detmold College of Music, and continuing with extensive studies under authorities like Theodore W. Adorno, whose seminar in Philosophy he attended at Frankfurt University.
Students at the Anahit Tsitsikyan Music School in Yerevan celebrated the donation of new instruments in the most appropriate fashion possible: by playing them in concert for a capacity audience of friends and family. On April 25, guests gathered in the recital hall, which had been fully renovated in 2014, by the US Embassy’s organization Helping Hands and the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia. After a brief welcoming, all stood for a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Read Further...
“Can poetry open the hearts of people, even at a distance?“ This is a question that Azad Ordukanyan, President of the Armenian Academic Society in Bochum, Germany, had included in a letter written to Armenian Ambassador Ashot Smbatyan, inviting him to open an event in Berlin featuring the poetry of Paruyr Sevak. Read Further...
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By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
BERLIN, Oct. 22, 2015— No one engaged in efforts to have the Armenian Genocide officially recognized — at whatever level and in whatever venue — can suffer under the illusion that it is simply a matter of acknowledging historical facts as truth. It has been, and remains a political football, which is tossed, carried or kicked according to the game plans drafted by the coaches of the opposing teams. Or, as in the case of Germany, it is punted. Instead of following through on the courageous initiatives taken by President Joachim Gauck and the Bundestag (Parliament) last April, to finally formulate and pass a unified resolution acknowledging the Genocide, the political leadership has preferred to put the entire issue on hold. Read Further...
by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
Bochum – September 17, 2015 – For centuries Germany and Armenia have maintained friendly relations, but there are probably only a handful of individuals, whether in Berlin or Yerevan, who have any inkling of this fact. Read Further...
Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, the statesmen in Turkey were sure that one of the main keys for regional hegemony in the Middle East passes through Syria. In June 2011, a Western diplomat revealed to AFP, that Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered President Assad via his foreign minister a plan that includes the Syrian President is to ensure between a quarter and a third of ministers in his government to be members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood….
...In a recently published book “Turkish Foreign Policy” by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach and Dr. Jamal Wakim; the authors documented the rise of the AKP government and their neo-ottoman project…
von Richard Rabensaat
Stück über armenische Identität in der Reithalle
Ein roter Faden zerschneidet das Gesicht von Sabiha. Unter dem straffen Faden quellen die einzelnen Partien des Gesichts hervor. Das Antlitz zerfällt in Einzelteile, das Ganze ist nicht erkennbar. Es ist ein starkes Bild für die Zerrissenheit der Protagonistin, das der Regisseur Ron Rosenberg zusammen mit der Schauspielerin Bea Ehlers-Kerbekian gefunden hat…
Read Further: http://www.pnn.de/potsdam-kultur/967304/
BOCHUM, Germany — Exactly one year ago, as Germans celebrated Pentacost, a massive storm “Ela,” swept through the industrial heartland of the Ruhr, destroying thousands of trees. As Azat Ordukhanyan, Chairman of the Armenian Academic Society 1860, witnessed the devastation in Bochum, he was reminded of the 1988 earthquake that struck his native land in his student days in Yerevan. Germany — both east and west — had at the time joined many other nations worldwide to provide relief, and in a spirit of gratitude and compassion, he decided to organize a donation of 155 trees from Armenia to plant in Bochum. It was to celebrate the 155th anniversary of the founding (in Leipzig) of his Armenian Academic Society that he chose that number. Read Further
Viva Dante, viva Italia! Roberto Benigni ehrt den großen Dichter zu seinem 750. Geburtstag
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Armenian Orphan Rug Displayed in Washington
After months of hopes and setbacks, the famous Armenian orphan rug was finally put on display in Washington, at the White House Visitors Center. It was exhibited there from November 18 - 23. On November 18th, a press conference was held at the National Press Club, to announce the exhibit and explain its importance.
Armenian Orphan Rug on Display at White Househttp://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/15/statement-nsc-spokesperson-bernadette-meehan-display-ghazir-rug-white-ho
Creating a Transnational Memory Space
Dogan Akhanli Honored in Cologne
By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
Gedenken an Völkermord
Einblick in die armenische Geschichte und Kultur
BOCHUM Im April 2015 jährt sich zum 100. Mal der Völkermord an den Armeniern. Im Vorfeld lädt der Armenisch-Akademische Verein 1860 (AAV) zum „Armenischen Kulturherbst“ ein. „Wir wollen zeigen, das wir noch leben, musizieren, schöpfen, arbeiten, produzieren“, sagt dessen Leiter Azat Ordukhanyan: „Wir wollen unsere Kultur vorstellen.“ Artikel lesen...
POTSDAM, Germany — Johannes Lepsius is known for his work as a pastor and humanitarian who intervened on behalf of the Ottoman Armenians in the late 19th century. When the Genocide began he returned to Constantinople from Berlin and tried in vain to dissuade the Young Turk leaders from their extermination project. His report on the systematic elimination of the Armenians through murder and deportation raised the alarm in Germany. Read further...
Armenian Embassy Hosts Book Launch in Berlin
A new little book written by an Armenian and about Armenians has been attracting public attention in the United States. This is the volume by Dr. Hagop Martin Deranian, which tells the story of an oriental rug, woven by Armenian orphan girls in Ghazir, Lebanon and sent in 1925 to Calvin Coolidge…
Annes Schweigen + Մոր լռությունը + Annenin sessizliği
Ein deutsch –türkisch – armenisches Gemeinschafts-Projekt. Koproduktion und Aufführungen.
Theater unterm Dach Berlin - Oktober/November 2012
Book on Orphan Rug Released – But Where is the Rug?
"Der armenische Waisenteppich" jetzt in Deutsch
Das Buch von Dr. Hagop Martin Deranian ist von Verlag Hans Schiler in Berlin erschienen.
"Book on the Armenian Orphan Rug Now in German"
The book by Dr. Hagop Martin Deranian on the controversial story of the Armenian orphan rug is now available in German translation, Verlag Hans Schiler in Berlin.
Neues Buch über die Türkei in Beirut vorgestellt
Die neue Außenpolitik der Türkei unter der AKP-Regierung (All-Prints Distributors & Publishers, Beirut) ist am 18 Dezember bei der Beiruter Internationalen Buchmesse in der libanesischen Hauptstadt vorgestellt worden. Nachdem Sarkis Abu Zaid und Saad Mehio das Buch in arabischer Sprache präsentiert haben, antworteten die beiden Autoren Muriel Mirak-Weißbach und Dr. Jamal Wakim auf Fragen des Publikums. Rezensionen sind in mehreren arabischen Zeitungen erschienen.
New Book on Turkey presented in Beirut
Turkey’s New Foreign Policy under the AKP (All-Prints Distributors & Publishers, Beirut) was presented on December 18 at the Beirut International Book Fair in the Lebanese capital. Following introductions to the book (in Arabic) by Sarkis Abu Zaid and Saad Mehio, the two authors, Muriel Mirak-Weissbach and Dr. Jamal Wakim engaged in discussion with the audience. Reviews appeared in several Arabic newspapers.
Istanbul Conference on Islamized Armenians
The issue of Armenian identity in Turkey was at the center of a well-attended conference in Istanbul, held from November 2-4, 2013. The Hrant Dink Foundation outlined the concept of the gathering in a call: http://www.hrantdink.org/?Detail=645&Lang=en
For initial coverage of the event, see:
unterstützt Musikschule in Armenien
Die “Mirak-Weißbach-Stiftung” wurde offiziell am 1. August 2012 als rechtsfähige Stiftung des bürgerlichen Rechts registriert und als gemeinnützige Einrichtung anerkannt, so dass alle Zuwendungen von der Steuer abzugsfähig sind. Weiterlesen...
Die neue Musikschule in Gjumri (in Bau)