Armenian, Greek and Jewish communities join together to mark dark period of history
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Armenian, Greek and Jewish communities join together to mark dark period of history

The month of events is titled "Agape and Hope Resurrected in Hripsime’s Agony, Athena’s Mourning, and Rachel’s Heartbreak.”

Holocaust Memorial in Berlin (Image by Image by Nick Spears  via Pixabay)
Holocaust Memorial in Berlin (Image by Image by Nick Spears via Pixabay)

Classrooms Without Borders is partnering with western Pennsylvania’s Greek and Armenian communities for a series of events to mark 100 years since a period in history when Christians and Jews were targeted for their faith and culture.

The program is titled “Agape and Hope Resurrected in Hripsime’s Agony, Athena’s Mourning, and Rachel’s Heartbreak.”

This year “represents the 100th year from one of humanity’s darkest periods, a time point that inspired and ignited what eventually resulted in one of humankind’s bleakest moments,” according to promotional materials. “1922 was the peak of the period between 1915-1923, when Christians and Jews were systematically targeted for their faith and culture. The western world’s general indifference to the genocide of Christians and Jews in Anatolia, the Pontus, and Asia Minor would soon be used by the Nazis as the basis of their plan to exterminate the Jewish people.”

Educational outreach programs will be offered during September, including those celebrating “the music, literature, and artwork that was created by those who either perished in, or survived the genocide of Christians and Jews in Anatolia, the Pontus, and Asia Minor between 1915-1923 and by those who perished in, or survived the brutal concentration camps of the Holocaust during World War II.”

Artworks of and inspired by the period will be on display in several area galleries in September; “soirees” of literature and poetry bringing together members of the Armenian, Jewish and Greek communities of western Pennsylvania are planned; and a series of lectures by scholars, historians and living witnesses and/or their descendants will be presented.

A concert featuring Armenian, Jewish and Greek musicians, performing music written by those who perished and/or survived those dark periods, as well as music that was inspired by their lives and sacrifice, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18.

The Greek Nationality Room Committee, The Armenian Nationality Room Committee, The American Hellenic Foundation of Western PA and The European Art Center of Greece are partnering with CWB for the event.

For more information and a schedule of events, go to cwbpgh.org/event/armenian-greek-and-jewish-community-week-long-event/. PJC

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