Samuels Center for Community Partnerships and Civic Transformation (COMPACT)

Resources for Learning and Action for "Neighbors in Memory: The Legacy of The Armenian Genocide"

Films on the Armenian Genocide and its Legacy

"Neighbors in Memory (NIM) is the culmination of a decade of personal as well as group efforts with, as well as within Armenian and Turkish communities, among friends and colleagues who have shared their thoughts, feelings, opinions and efforts in understanding the legacy of the Armenian genocide of 1915."
"At 14, Aurora Madriganian survived the Armenian Genocide and escaped to New York, where her story became a media sensation. Her newfound fame led to her starring in Auction of Souls, one of Hollywood's earliest blockbusters. Blending storybook animation, video testimony, and rediscovered footage from her lost silent epic, Aurora's Sunrise revives her forgotten story.”
Watch the movie on PBS until January 23, 2024.

Women from Gyumri (Armenia) and Kars (Turkey) come together to challenge the hostile narrative rooted in traumatic past and the current political stagnation between their countries by cooking the traditional recipes from the region and sharing the food with the wider communities across the closed border between Armenia and Turkey. While working side by side in the kitchen and determined to come up with a recipe for peace, they deal with the prejudices and intolerance in society as well as question their own perceptions and beliefs.

Resources on Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh)

National Association for Armenian Studies and Research - NAASR
Based on the latest special issue of Genocide Studies International, “Nagorno-Karabakh and the Lachin Corridor Crisis,” the webinar features contributors to that issue who discuss historical and contemporary contexts and the interconnectedness of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 in the Ottoman Empire and the ethnic cleansing of Armenians from the Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijani government in September 2023.

EVN Report
California Superior Court Judge Gassia Apkarian, an advisor to the Center for Truth and Justice (CFTJ), says that the forced deportation of the Armenians of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) by Azerbaijan constitutes genocide. The CFTJ, created in the aftermath of the 2020 Artsakh War, oversees the collection of firsthand testimonial evidence from survivors of war through in-depth, recorded interviews to be a living memorial to crimes against humanity, for study, education and legal action.

New York Times
Nicholas Kristof, Opinion Columnist, writes about the nine-month blockage in Nagorno-Karabakh by the Azerbaijani government, leading up to the ethnic cleansing of Armenians in September 2023.
New York Times
Dahlia Scheindlin, a political strategist and public opinion expert based in Tel Aviv, writes about her visit to Armenia and reflections on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict right before the war in Israel broke out.

Opportunities for Action and Support

November 21, 8:00 pm ET
Armenian National Philarmonic Orchestra will perform at Boston Symphony Hall to support the Nagorno-Karabakh Refugees 

Aram Khachaturian 120th and Sergei Rachmaninoff 150th Anniversary Tribute
Eduard Topchjan, Conductor
Sergei Babayan, Piano

Fragments from the Spartacus Ballet Suites

Piano Concerto No. 3
Symphony No. 2

Buy tickets here.

Switzerland-based artasfoundation, in communication with artists in Armenia, is creating a space where children and young displaced people can engage in diverse artistic and social activities through which they can reacquire control of their own lives, imagine their futures, and share their emotions and fears.

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Peace Direct has launched an Emergency Response Fund to support five local peacebuilding organizations in their relief efforts:

  • Sose Women’s Issues NGO will support those forcibly displaced with essential items such as food, beds, medicines and menstrual products.
  • Women’s Center Shushi will mobilise a team of psychologists to provide much needed support to those facing shock, stress and trauma.
  • FemForward will lead efforts in securing housing for those who have fled, supporting with associated costs such as utilities.
  • Frontline Youth Network will support local governments in their capacity to provide gender and conflict sensitive services and their integration into communities.
  • Women’s Agenda will engage a team of social workers to support the needs of families throughout their relocations, including access to education or employment and overcoming dialect barriers.