FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 24, 2015
CONTACT: Tim Lineberger 714-676-4317
Friday April 24th Marks the 100-Year Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 24, 2015): In 2008, current President Barack Obama, electrified us with hope when he said, “America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide. I intend to be that President.” Friday, April 24th, marks the 100-year Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in which Turkey committed a deliberate systematic act of murder, massacre and attempted the eradication of the entire Armenian race, and it’s time to recognize that this was indeed a Genocide. To pay homage to those that were affected by these tragic events, Ardashes Fine Art has taken out a full-page advertisement in the LA Times that will run this Friday in an effort to have this 100-Year Anniversary recognized.
As you will read in the LA Times this Friday, the overwhelming majority of historians as well as the academic institutions on Holocaust and Genocide Studies recognize the Armenian Genocide. As of 2014, the governments of 22 countries, including Russia, France as well as 43 states within the United States of America have recognized the events in Armenia as “genocide.” President Barack Obama has been quoted as saying the following:
“The Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence.”
– Barack Obama, 2008
The word genocide originated in the 1940’s and is specifically defined as: the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular group or nation. The New York Times reported on Sept. 17, 1915, “The deliberate murder of a nation is taking place in this twentieth century. Turkey is now in the act of murdering Armenia, and she has almost completed her work.”
On April 24, 1915 Talaat Pasha, the Interior Minister of Turkey issued an order, “An end must be put to Armenia’s existence, however criminal the measure taken may be and no regard must be paid to age or sex, or to scruples of conscience.” It was the precedent by which Adolf Hitler used when he issued the following statement to his Generals at Obersalzberg on August 22, 1939: “Kill without pity all men women and children. Who speaks today of the Armenian Massacres?” – Adolf Hitler, August 22, 1939.In less than 6 months from the order of Talaat Pasha, “More than 1 million killed, enslaved or exiled, only 200,000 Armenians left in Turkey.”- New York Times, October 22, 1915.
This Friday, 100 years ago, we recognize and remember those that were lost.
ED Muradliyan is an Armenian-American real estate investor based in Southern Calif. A USC graduate, he grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and comes from modest beginnings. He learned from a very young age the value of hard work as instilled in him by his father. Over the last 25 years he has built a portfolio of properties concentrated in Southern Calif with a specialization in the restoration of distressed or historic properties. Ed is an avid art collector and passionate about his Armenian heritage. He supports numerous charities and causes that are dear to his heart. Most notably he established a scholarship fund for students in need at Glendale College in his fathers name.
About Ardashes Fine Art (http://www.ardashesfineart.com/): An organization that supports artists and the fine art industry.