FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19; program begins at 6:30 p.m.
In September 1915, the Near East Foundation (NEF), known initially as Near East Relief (NER), spearheaded the first great mobilization of international humanitarian assistance in the United States in response to the Armenian Genocide. This was the first major effort on the part of American citizens, who really organized a massive fundraising campaign and logistics effort that led to the rescuing of 132,000 orphans, the saving of more than a million refugees—not just Armenians, but Assyrians, Greeks, and other minorities that were being affected as well.
More than a century after the organization’s establishment, NEF Board Chairman Emeritus Shant Mardirossian decided that the somewhat-forgotten story of the NER—an intrinsically American story, he believes—should be told to a wider audience. Mardirossian, inspired by his grandparents’ escape and survival during the genocide, says he produced this film “not just to remember those we lost in the genocide, but to shed light on an important chapter of American history when ordinary citizens stood together against a great injustice and saved the lives of 132,000 orphans.”
Produced by Mardirossian and award-winning director George Billard, this 53-minute documentary is not rated. Mardirossian will attend the program and lead Q&A following the film.
- October 19, 2018
- Location: 1525 Howe Street, SC Johnson Golden Rondelle Theater, WI
- Phone: (262) 260-2154
- Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Price: free reservations recommended