‘My Way’ Is Helping Children with Autism in Armenia

It was not the atmosphere we expected to find in a center for youngsters with autism: laughter rang out of one room where children were busily painting, while piano music sounded in another room, where two young lads were performing a duet. Playing from memory without scores, they were fully concentrated, absorbed in producing the strong rhythms.

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Erdogan’s Referendum and Germany’s Dilemma

Turkish citizens who went to the polls on April 16 were saying “yes” or “no” not only to a new constitution but to the future of relations with Europe. This was the interpretation offered at a public debate organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, a think-tank linked to the German Liberal Party (FDP). Convened on May 19 near Frankfurt, the event addressed the theme: “The Sick Democracy on the Bosporus: Is Turkey Taking Leave of the West?” The round table, moderated by Dr. Rainer Hermann, who was the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s correspondent in Turkey for more than a decade, brought together prominent politicians who have been involved in bilateral relations with Turkey. Read the Article...


Armenia’s Heart: Poems … and Nothing More

GYUMRI — Anyone who knows anything about Armenians is aware of the special role their language plays in their history and culture, and nowhere is this more obvious than in their rich poetical tradition. In Germany, this tradition is not unknown; in the 1970s and 1980s, through cooperation between literary associations in the then-Communist East Germany (GDR) and Soviet Armenia, translations of works appeared by Hovhannes Tumanyan, Avetik Issahakyan and Paruyr Sevak as well as an anthology of medieval verse. At the same time, literary journals in West Germany featured some translations. Now, in the wake of the recognition of the genocide last June by the German Bundestag (Parliament), a wave of interest in Armenian literature has swept across the intellectual landscape.

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AKP in Campaign Frenzy: Crossing the Red Lines

Few could have imagined the depth to which relations between Germany and Turkey have sunk over the past weeks. No matter how accustomed one has become with outrageous statements issuing from Ankara, who could have predicted that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would accuse the government of Angela Merkel of “Nazi practices”? On March 5 in a speech in Istanbul, Erdogan, addressing Berlin, said there was “no difference between your practices and the Nazi practices in the past.” Read the Article...

In Praise of Folly

In Germany, the tradition of political carnival goes back centuries, in Mainz, for example, it reaches back to the Napoleonic period, more than 200 years ago.
This year Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the star of the show. Read the Article…

State Prize Awarded to ‘Aghet’ Director

Films are not only for entertainment, but may have the power to change political reality. This is certainly the case with “Aghet” by director Eric Friedler. First released in 2010 and widely covered on German television, the documentary on the Armenian Genocide paved the way for the Genocide recognition resolution passed by the Bundestag (Parliament) on June 2, 2016. For Green Party leader and parliamentarian Cem Özdemir, who delivered the laudation at a ceremony awarding Friedler the State Prize of the Republic of Armenia in Berlin on December 14, the director was “a very central forerunner” on the way to the resolution. Read the Article…

Music for the Republican Army

If last year Armenians celebrated the silver anniversary of independence, the year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Army of the Republic of Armenia. And to kick off a series of cultural celebrations, two Armenian associations in Germany organized a concert on January 28 in Frankfurt featuring guitarist and singer-songwriter Ruben Hakhvedyan. The renowned musician from Yerevan was joined on the stage by cellist Levon Arakelyan and accordionist Gevorg Movsisyan.    Read the Article…

Decade after Dink:
Cem Ozdemir to Headline Program Honoring Late Journalist

It is hard to believe that 10 years have passed since Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was assassinated in cold blood in Istanbul, outside the offices of Agos, the bilingual weekly newspaper he co-founded and for which he served as editor-in-chief. Read the Article...

Art Inspires Artists

Art Inspires Artists
If you have ever visited any of the world’s greatest art museums, like the Uffizi in Florence, the Pergamon in Berlin or the National Museum in Cairo, you have probably encountered young art students squatting on the floor or leaning against a pillar, with sketchpad and pencil in hand. Rapt in total concentration, they are carefully reproducing in their own strokes the contours of a Raphael Madonna, or the regal profile of an Assyrian leader or a floral motif on papyrus. Read the Article...

Portraits of the Artists as Young Men

That the fine arts are alive and well in Armenia is displayed in an exciting exhibition of works by young Armenians that has opened in Wiesbaden, Germany. The show, entitled “Melody of Color: Armenian Art,” held its vernissage on November 25, and will run for a month. Not only will 65 art works be on exhibit during that time, but several workshops will also be held, to help youngsters venture into the magic world of art. Read the Article...

Vernissage 25. November 2016 um 17:00 Uhr
25. November - 23. Dezember 2016
Mo.-Fr. 13:00 - 18:00 Uhr, Sa. 10:00 - 15:00 Uhr
Musik: Geschwister Müller
Laudatio: Vera Maier, Preisträgerin "Integration Wiesbaden 2012"
Haus der Heimat
Friedrichstrasse 35, 65185 Wiesbaden Tel.: 0611 / 370904

Politics, Polemics and Reading Pleasure in Frankfurt

For an author, a visit to the annual Frankfurt Book Fair can be a humbling experience. When you enter the massive fairgrounds, where over 7,000 exhibitors (among them your own publishers) from one hundred countries have come to put on proud display their latest productions — about 400,000 (!) new titles — it tends to put things into proportion, so to speak, and you ask yourself what, if any, place your own modest achievements might find in this immense literary universe. If you happen to be working on a new book, the challenge is overwhelming.     Read the article...
Little Singers, Great Promise
What better way to celebrate 25 years of independence? The Armenian Ambassador to Germany Ashot Smbatyan chose to focus on the achievements of the present and the hopes for the future, by inviting guests to a concert of the Little Singers of Armenia. Performing in the Berlin Philharmonic hall, a group of 40 youngsters, mainly girls, under the direction of founder and conductor Tigran Hekekyan, presented a program of works illustrating the entire span of centuries of Armenian music, as well as pieces from the international repertoire.
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...
No Holiday for Erdogan
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...
A Special Light Shines through Art
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

Dogan Akhanli
BERLIN — Special Correspondent for the Mirror-Spectator Muriel Mirak-Weissbach recently interviewed prize-winning author Dogan Akhanli on the recent coup attempt in Turkey and its devastating purge in the country. Akhanli is a German of Turkish descent who escaped the military dictatorship and received asylum in Germany. A prize-winning author of novels and plays, as well as a human rights activist, he has come under attack for having dealt with the Armenian Genocide in his works. Read Further...

Armenians Celebrate to Help Artsakh Victims

Azat Ordukhanyan
For Nathanial Ullmann, a journalist for the largest regional newspaper in Germany, the response of participants at a concert in Bochum on July 8 showed just “how different German and Armenian culture are.” He explained: “Whereas Germans at an elevated cultural event sit there in silent wonder, Armenians sing, dance and clap in happy enthusiasm.” And that is the case, even if the occasion might be a sad one. Read Further...
The Challenge of Peace
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...

Bundestag’s Genocide Recognition: A First Step

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...
Genocide Is Genocide: Views from Berlin
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...

Künstler fordern Anerkennung
des Völkermords an den Armeniern

Mehrere Kulturschaffende, darunter die Regisseure Fatih Akin und Christian Petzold, wenden sich in einem offenen Brief an die Kanzlerin. Weiterlesen...

Sargsyan in Berlin: A Balancing Act

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
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...

Khachkar Dedicated in Berlin

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
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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Traces of Germany
in Armenian History and Culture

What do we know about the footprints left since the Middle Ages in Armenia, footprints made by German emperors, bishops, researchers, artists, farmers and mountain climbers? This is the question that Armenian historian Azat Ordukhanyan delved into during a discussion with German author Heide Rieck on March12 in the Bochum University.
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A Special Day in the German Bundestag

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.
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An Artist’s Journey Along The Trail of Tears

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.

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Germans Celebrate Paruyr Sevak

The saying goes that “there is no more beautiful woman than the Armenian language.” If that is the case, German author Jochen Mangelsen writes, then the two women who have just published a new German translation of poems by Paruyr Sevak “have tackled a really audacious task.” It is an adventure, he goes on, not only for the translators but for the reader who encounters this language “full of secrets, surrealistic images, dreams and dreamlike playfulness.” Mandelsen, who has published on the Armenian Genocide, made these remarks in his introduction, or rather, “greetings,” to the new book. Read Further...

Wielding the Weapon of Truth

As politicians in Berlin debate the relative merits and dangers of Germany’s possible active military engagement in the war theatre against so-called Islamic State (IS), a number of public figures have taken up a precious weapon to wage in this conflict. This is the weapon of truth. Instead of calculating the numbers of ground troops that might be required, and who might provide them – considerations made in cheerful amnesia regarding the catastrophes wrought by similar conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq – several journalists and political figures have preferred to expose the forces behind the IS menace, in hopes of paralyzing the continuing financial, logistical, military and ideological support that has made IS a formidable agency.
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Albert Weiler: Zeitnahe Verabschiedung der Genozid-Resolution an den Armeniern im Bundestag


2015 Frankfurt Book Fair: New Studies on Armenia

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...
International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute)

Students from Around the World Take Part in the 14th Annual GHRUP – August 3-14, 2015

Zwei Veranstaltungen
im NS-Dokumentationszentrum

1 Oktober – „Beihilfe zum Völkermord. Deutschlands Rolle bei der Vernichtung der Armenier“

15 Oktober – „Germany and the Secret Genocide“


Of Summer Doldrums, Scoops and Spoofs

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
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...

German-Armenian Forum Launched in Berlin

BERLIN – MAY 28, 2015— Ten years ago the Bundestag (Parliament) passed a resolution on the Armenian issue, but that focused on facilitating an Armenian-Turkish dialogue. The recent events in Berlin marking the centenary of the genocide constituted a breakthrough in the same direction, as reported in the Mirror-Spectator.
But what came into being on May 20 in Berlin is something new, directed towards expanding and deepening relations between Germany and Armenia on all levels.
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Beyond Recognition

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
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

ACF Releases Second Edition
of Armenian Orphan Rug Book

Special to the Mirror-Spectator – WINCHESTER, Mass. — On May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Winchester Public Library, the Armenian Cultural Foundation (ACF) will present an illustrated talk on President Calvin Coolidge and the Armenian Orphan Rug by Dr. Hagop Martin Deranian. The first edition, released in October 2013, coincided with an exhibition planned under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution. However, the exhibition was cancelled because the White House refused to lend the rug to the Smithsonian. After a year of relentless efforts by the American-Armenian community and widespread media coverage, the White House finally agreed to have the rug on display, November 19-23, 2014. The history of the rug and its journey is portrayed in the book. 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

Pope Francis Issues Challenge to Turkey – and Germany

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
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 Patriarca Karekin II
Italy  Papa Francesco sul genocidio armeno


Papst Franziskus: es war Völkermord

United States of America  

Pope Francis on the Armenian genocide
Völkermord vor 100 Jahren

Gauck will an Genozid an Armeniern erinnern

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

Germany and the Genocide
Witness, Accomplice or Perpetrator?

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.

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EPP Recognizes Armenian Genocide,
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.

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Teachers, Businessmen, Robots and Youth
United to Rebuild Armenian IT

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach, Special to the Mirror-Spectator
YEREVAN — Karen Vardanyan has an ambitious vision for Armenia’s future. If his program continues to garner success, the country will become a leader in the field of complex engineering solutions, not only in software but also in related fields…                                                    Read Further
Herrschen bis der Früling Kommt
Das Buch "Herrschen bis der Frühling kommt" wurde auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2014 vorgestellt und mehrere Buchbesprechungen wurden bereits veröffentlicht.

– groessenwahn-verlag.de

– onleihe.net


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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.

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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.

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Madman at the helm

New Review of
"Madmen at the Helm"
in Arabic

Gumri Octet School Launches Musical Renaissance
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...

German Troops to Leave Incirlik

When Turkish government officials repeated to German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel their refusal to allow German parliamentarians unconditional access to their troops at Incirlik base, it was the proverbial straw that broke that suffering camel’s back. Gabriel had travelled to Ankara on June 5 in a last-ditch effort to reach a compromise solution to the conflict that has strained relations, both bilateral and within NATO, to an unprecedented degree. After talks with both Foreign Minister Mevlùt Çavusoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Gabriel made clear that Germany would have no choice but to withdraw its troops and relocate them.

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Genocide Commemoration after Recognition in Germany

Since the German Bundestag (Parliament) passed a resolution on the Armenian Genocide last year in June, the focus has shifted from the demand for recognition to other concerns; on the one hand, there has been further study of the role of Imperial Germany in the Genocide and, on the other, there are efforts underway to introduce the theme in history lessons in German classrooms. This shift in focus was perceptible in the commemoration held in Berlin on April 24, where several speakers, remembering the past, looked to the future.

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Turkish Referendum: The Price of Winning

The “Yes” vote in the Turkish referendum may turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Not only was the reported margin in favor of the constitutional changes far slimmer than Erdogan’s AKP party and pre-election polls had expected, with only 51.4 percent of the vote, but the political fallout in Europe may be profound.

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Cloak and Dagger in German-Turkish Relations

The news that the Turkish intelligence agency MIT was not only spying on German citizens in their home country, but had requested help in this pursuit from the German intelligence service BND, signaled a new low-point in Berlin-Ankara relations. Relations had already been poisoned by wild accusations made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against the German government and Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was “Nazi-like” and “using Nazi methods.” The resulting controversy regarding whether or not to allow AKP politicians to campaign in Germany for a “yes” vote on the upcoming referendum ended in a decision, by Ankara, to cancel all such planned events. That seemed to lower the political temperature.

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Analysis: The Sick Man on the Bosporus

The ostensible casus belli in the escalating conflict between Turkey and Europe, especially Germany, is the April 16 referendum on the introduction of a presidential system which would grant the Turkish president powers so vast as to eliminate checks and balances on the part of other institutions like the judiciary and parliament.

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Poland Welcomes Promising Armenian Vocalist

“Incredible Lusine Arakelyan gave a great New Year’s concert at the Warsaw concert hall in front of 1,200 guests. Her beautiful voice and great musical experience are unforgettable. The audience gave her several standing ovations. The orchestra conductor also praised her voice and performance.” This is how singer and music critic Kristina Sulzichka put it in a review of the event.   Read the Article…

Architecture as Witness to Genocide

For almost a decade, a photographic exhibition on the “Nakba,” the expulsion of the Palestinians from their lands in 1947-48, has been travelling around Germany, and in virtually every site, the organizers from the Association of Refugee Children in Lebanon have run up against opposition. Pro-Zionist groups have mobilized to have the exhibition rooms — often in universities — cancelled, arguing that the exhibition is anti-Israel, or even anti-Semitic.    Read the Article…

Liman von Sanders: A Matter of Honor

Liman von Sanders
What constitutes honor? This is not an abstract question, but a very practical one in connection with a controversy that has recently erupted in Germany. The case involves the designation of “graves of honor” in a historic cemetery in the city of Darmstadt, not far from Frankfurt. …We came to the grave of General Liman von Sanders (1855-1929), who had been accorded this honor for his military service in World War I, as one of the German generals engaged in the Dardanelles, leading Ottoman Empire forces. On his tombstone was inscribed not only his official military title but also “The Victor of Gallipoli.” We then learned that in 2015, General von Sanders was formally divested of this honor, along with six other deceased. The reason? Officially, because of his role as a military officer in that war. In fact, the other military figures buried with honors were similarly defrocked by order of the Darmstadt city authorities on grounds that “their status rested exclusively on military successes.” But that is not the end of the story... Read the Article...


MESA’s 50th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

November 19, 2016 – In light of a documented rise in hate crimes[nytimes.com] and rising concerns about bigotry in various forms—racism, anti-Semitism, and attacks on Muslims, Middle Easterners, and others— the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Board of Directors emphatically reaffirms its statement of November 23, 2015 (below) and calls its contents to the attention not only of the MESA membership but also the broader public.Read further...

Friendship Between the Rhine and the Arax

Germans celebrated national unity on October 3, not only in Dresden but also in Yerevan. Most appropriately at the center of the festivities was the presentation of a new publication detailing the history of German-Armenian relations. Entitled Between the Rhine and the Arax: 900 Years of German-Armenian Relations, the volume published by TIGRAN METS in Yerevan, is the Armenian translation of a work issued in German in 1988, by Enno Meyer and Ara J. Berkian. Lisa Berkian-Abrahamian fulfilled her late husband’s desire by translating it into Armenian. Read the Article...

Freedoms Are Not Relative

DRESDEN, Germany —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 Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Read the article…

Jailed Writer, Linguist Nisanyan
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.
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German Government Sees
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.
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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...
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Artistic Journeys
through National Destinies

This is a most rare art exhibition. Not focused on one artist or even a school, it presents the works of distinct individuals joined through family ties, whose creative endeavors trace out a multifaceted cultural itinerary across vast geographical expanses through decades of turbulent political and social developments. The show that opened in Berlin on May 14, entitled “Four Life Paths: Two Artist Couples in the Armenian Tradition,” is indeed something very special. The works displayed are by four artists whose lives span a century, from before the First World War to the present.
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Am 2. Juni 2016 hat der Deutsche Bundestag eine Resolution verabschiedet, die die Vernichtung der 1,5 Millionen Armenier im Osmanischen Reich als Völkermord anerkennt.
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.

Turkish-German Relations: Threats, Taboos and Truth

BERLIN — As the croupier at the roulette table says, “les jeux sont fait.” The die is cast. In the wake of the German Bundestag’s resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide, the hysterical reaction from Erdogan and his co-thinkers has raised the stakes in a risky gamble with political counterparts in Europe, a game that Ankara, contrary to its delusions of grandeur, has no chance of winning. Read Further...

Erdogan Overplays His Hand

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.
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German-Armenian Ties Live On In Music

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.
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Sharing the Gift of Music

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
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...
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Let The Trumpets Sound!

YEREVAN — “The world is changing, and so are human values. Only music remains a constant spiritual island.” These wise words are those of Diana Hovhannisyan, director of the Anahit Tsitsikian Music School, in Yerevan. In a message to readers of the school’s home page she points to the responsibility of parents and teachers in guaranteeing that the younger generation preserve “timeless human values” Read Further...

Paruyr Sevak, Patriot and World Citizen

“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...
Paruyr Sevak
Musikalische Lesung mit Gedichten
des armenischen Dichters in deutscher
und armenischer Sprache

Paruyr Sewak: Und sticht in meine Seele.

Potsdam, Freitag 19. Februar (Einladung)
Berlin, Samstag 20. Februar (Einladung)


But the Birds . . .

Of a Trip to Armenia with Trees at the Conclusion of a three-year Armenian-German Cultural Project
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Friends of ISIS Unmasked
– First in Riyadh, Now in Ankara?

Following a series of detailed exposés of Saudi Arabia’s complicity with the so-called Islamic State, German government leaders have broken diplomatic protocol, and openly issued warnings that Riyadh must cut its ties to terrorists. ... The Turkish connection is perhaps even more insidious, given it is a member of NATO and an aspirant to membership in the European Union.
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Recognition, Realpolitik and the Ravages of War

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...

Armenia and Germany Renew
a Thousand-Year-Old Friendship

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...

Happy Birthday Wolfgang Gust!

Wolfgang Gust zum 80.Geburtstag
„Was hat der Mensch dem Menschen Größeres zu geben als Wahrheit?“
United States of America Read Further… Germany Weiterlesen...

The rise and fall of Neo-Ottomanism in Syria

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…

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Schweigen ist Sprengstoff

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…
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Armenian Trees Planted in Germany
to Bear Fruits of Friendship and Reconciliation

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


‘With Giant Steps into the 100th Year’:
Ragip Zarakolu Honored in Berlin

Ragip Zarakolu
DECEMBER 19, BERLIN, Germany — No matter how meaningful it is that political institutions, whether governments or parliaments, have recognized the Armenian genocide, the most important such acknowledgement must be an act of the relevant institutions in Turkey. In this context, among the many commemorations that will take place next year in cities across the globe, it is what happens in Turkey that will be particularly telling. Ragip Zarakolu, the courageous Turkish publisher and human rights activist, chose to dedicate his remarks at an event in Berlin honoring him, precisely to this theme…Read the Article...
Armenian Orphan Rug
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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.

Creating a Transnational Memory Space

Dogan Akhanli Honored in Cologne
By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
Special to the Mirror-Spectator

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Dogan Akhanli, left, with Fatih Akin

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...
1914-2014: 100 Years of the German-Armenian Society
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…
Theateraufführung "Annes Schweigen"
Annes Schweigen + Մոր լռությունը + Annenin sessizliği
Ein deutsch –türkisch – armenisches Gemeinschafts-Projekt. Koproduktion und Aufführungen.
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Book on Orphan Rug Released – But Where is the Rug?

Armenische Waisenteppich
President Calvin Coolidge and the Armenian Orphan Rug, by Dr. Hagop Martin Deranian, was released by the Armenian Cultural Foundation in late Fall in the U.S., and has generated an amazing controversy. The slim volume tells the story of a rug woven by Armenian orphan girls, survivors of the Armenian genocide, and presented to then-President Coolidge as a gift, in appreciation of the support given them by America, especially the Near East Relief. Attempts to obtain the rug from the White House for an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution failed, as the White House claimed it did not have the rug, or, later, it could not lend it out for security reasons, etc. The matter has become a political issue, with petitions to the White House and action from policy makers like Rep. Adam Schiff. The rug has become a hot potato, because it raises the question of the Armenian genocide, just one year before the hundredth anniversary of its beginning. See:


"Der armenische Waisenteppich" jetzt in Deutsch

Das Buch von Dr. Hagop Martin Deranian ist von Verlag Hans Schiler in Berlin erschienen.
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"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.

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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.
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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.
DE Mirak-Weißbach-Stiftung
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)
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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."
Germany Buchbesprechung "Madmen at the Helm: Pathology and Politics in the Arab Spring" in der Zeitung Al Arab aus London: