CRAG E-Alert - 29 July 2005
Dear Friends & Supporters:
On 27 July 2005 (only two days ago), the CRAG d-base e-alert referred to the fact that 'Germany would start year with studying Armenian Genocide'. Our source, you may recall, was PanARMENIAN.Net.
Dr Tessa Hofmann, historian and academician from the Free University in Berlin and human rights activist, has kindly clarified the issue further, and we are pleased to reproduce herewith her communication with us.
It is not a textbook, but a manual (103 pages, 1 CD-Rom) for teaching genocide studies to classes 9 and 10. We have five publishing houses of school textbooks in Germany, and it depends on the Federal States, with which they co-operate. The writing of school textbooks is still ahead.
And the manual is limited to Brandenburg, but may serve as a sample for the other Federal States, on which the parliamentary Resolution of June 16, 2005 has called to teach the Armenian genocide.
Yesterday, our d-base e-alert referred you to the legal class action against AXA Insurance Company. We shared with you the statement from the European-Armenian Federation (www.eafjd.org) and the proposed draft letter in case you would wish to write to AXA directly.
CRAG has also learnt today that the judge has ordered a process of mediation between AXA and the plaintiffs. For our pan-European French readers, we share with you the web-link to this particular item: http://www.lalibre.be/article.phtml?id=10&subid=83&art_id=232292
As we are now almost in August, you would hear less frequently from us - unless there are important pointers in the weeks ahead.
So the Chair and Executive Board of CRAG wish all Armenian and non-Armenian friends and supporters a cracking & freehold summer.
We thank all those who worked hard to help us with all the events that spanned the first seven months of 2005 - whether they did it by lending a hand with the activities, helping financially, providing contacts, doing write-ups or opening avenues.
From our Bishop and the Armenian Apostolic Church, to other UK churches, organisations and individuals, from the press to EU citizens & organisations and to the younger generations of men and women who came with their fresh ideas and solidarity, we say THANK YOU - or in Armenian, SERDAPOUKH SHNORHAGALOUTIUNNER. After all, the Armenian Genocide is a cause that belongs to all and should be the exclusive property of none.
In September, we will share with you the details of 5 commemorative events that are taking place in the months leading up to December 2005 - including a major talk in London by the director of a renowned EU think tank, the Edinburgh Motion, Parliamentary Vigil and two Memorial Services (including the closure event).
Meanwhile, remember the pan-Armenian Petitions so we collect enough signatures for the planned event in November 2005, and you can always visit us on www.crag.org.uk.
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