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Armenian Culture, Science and Education Development Foundation

“The only aim is to open the eyes of those, who look and do not see”

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So, there we saw the hell.
And villainous things – A century ago.
The 1915 is rooted in minds.
Today’s life and crisis are fading away
From cries and those fears, that caused  the Genocide.

Alan Whitehorn

 

A Canadian poet, professor of political science Alan Whitehorn is in Armenia in frames of festival called  “Literature Ark”. On the eve of the Centennial of the Genocide he published “Armenian Genocide: Important information guide” that represents the Genocide in the form of 400- page encyclopedia.

As an academic, Alan Whitehorn writes about the Armenian Genocide, massacres and about human rights. As a poet, he studies the problems of the Genocide and its impact on Armenian diaspora. He’s an author of about 150 academic and journalistic articles, a number of books among which are: “Fair poets. on the Armenian Genocide”, “Voices of ancestors. identity, national roots and remembering the Genocide”, “The Great Armenian Genocide. the resistance of inertia of indifference ”. In 2012 his bilingual collection of poems called “Return to Armenia” was published, which the author is to present to “Arc of Literature”.  Some of Alan’s works have been quoted during the parliamentary discussions of Canadian government devoted to the Genocide. As a respond to our question of “What kind of role does literature have in recognition of the Genocide”?, he said that he’s a professor of political sciences more in intellectual domain: he carries poem in his heart. The theme of Genocide needs common studies, the political scientists should be encouraged both mentally, and emotionally.

To the question of why he writes about the Genocide, he answered that he had much to say to the world. He himself considers a scientist wearing poet coat. Interpreter Aram Arsenyan notices, that he also gets confused about whether Alan Whitehorn’s is a scientist or a poet. “If you read his poems, you’ll see, that there is more of him as a genocidologist, than a poet”. But being a poet by nature, he can’t help writing. He writes every day. The aim is one- to open the eyes of those, who look and do not see, to open the ears of those, who do not hear, the mouths, that do not speak. During his whole life he pursued an aim to recognize the Genocide, and he really did a great deal, as a result Turkish defined ransom, but he managed to escape and today he is in Armenia. By  the way, he’s 25% Armenian (his grandmother is Armenian) , but he often proclaims about his being Armenian Canadian. His grandmother became an orphan because of the Genocide, and doesn’t remember either her name, or her parents, she has no idea what city or village she was born in. Grandmother’s influence on him was so great, that Alan decided to become a genocidologist.

 

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