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10 08 2013
New Names of Armenian “Righteous” at Holocaust Museum

 

Yad Vashem Holocaust history museum-institute was founded in 1953 by the Knesset to keep alive the memory of 6 million Jewish victims, as well as pay tribute to Jewish fighters and Righteous among Nations who have struggled against Fascism and have saved lives of Jews risking their owns. The museum has a territory of 20 ha and is located on the so-called Har HaZikaron mountain of Jerusalem which literally translated means „mount of remembrance“. Included in the territory of the museum are the biggest archive and library about Holocaust, museums of history and art, international school, etc.
 
Yad Vashem has a special park and alley devoted to the Righteous among Nations, where there are more than 4000 trees planted after each savior. Before entering the museum, it is possible to see the trees devoted to non-Jewish saviors, such as Raoul Wallenberg, Oscar Schindler and others. 
Katya Gusarova, researcher at Yad Vashem Holocaust museum-institute department of the Righteous among Nations, informed us on July 11 that the special committee of Yad Vashem for the first time has posthumously recognized the Armenian citizen doctor Harutyun Khachatryan as a Righteous among Nations.
Doctor Khachatryan has displayed exclusive courage during the World War II and having no fear from the punishment of Nazis and communists, has saved Jewish lives. 68 years have passed from the war but I am sure that there are thousands of numerous stories that are not discovered yet and will be very difficult to reveal by a simple reason that the number of war participants decreases day by day and it has become almost impossible to find out such facts and make a research.  Let’s note only that for the first time a citizen of Armenia has been recognized as a Righteous among Nations.
 
My visit to Jerusalem and Yad Vashem Holocaust museum-institute was very logical. There I was welcomed by the researcher at the department of Righteous among Nations Katya Gusarova. “Dr. Khachatryan not only saved the life of a Jewish soldier but was also a member of one of the underground organizations. Accidentally, I found the application of the Jewish soldier whose name was Kogan. It was written in 1992, where he had described his savior in details. It is sad though that in 1949 after being captured by the Nazis, Dr. Khachatryan was sentenced to death being accused of treason which was later changed to 25 years of imprisonment for saving Jews and for being a war prisoner. Unfortunately, the post-war fate of Dr. Khachatryan is typical for former Soviet Union countries. I often come across cases when savior has done so much kind actions for the conscience of Jewish people and for humanity in general”.
 
I asked whether the institute has an annual statistics about the number of recognized Righteous among Nations. She replied: “We do not keep an annual records but a general one and as far as I remember, there are around 25.000 recognized Righteous among Nations in the world. Now, annually, according to my experience around 400 people are being recognized, sometimes more, sometimes less”.    
 
http://www.azatutyun.am/media/video/25070278.html
 
 

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