Holocaust Memorial Service - 3 February 2004
A Memorial Service was held to a full church at St Sarkis on Tuesday, 3rd February 2004, organised by CRAG, the Campaign for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide, in close conjunction with the Armenian Apostolic Church.
It commemorated the Armenian Genocide of 1915 - which is considered by many as the First Genocide of the 20th Century - and all acts of genocide worldwide as part of the UK-based Holocaust Memorial Day 2004.
The speakers included Paula Kitching, Senior Consultant, Department of Education and Skills and the London Jewish Cultural Centre, as well as Dr Donald Bloxham, Lecturer at the Department of History at Edinburgh University and researcher on the Armenian Genocide and Christopher Walker, author of Armenia: Survival of a Nation.
Prayers were conducted by Rabbi Jonathan Magonet from Leo Baeck College, Jacqueline and Cynthia Nyiratunga - mother and daughter Rwandan genocide survivors, and Deacon Aziz Nour together with Maggie Cherchian-Gamble.
The musical renditions of song and organ, including Bach-Gounod's Ave Maria, were by Sevan Stephan as well as Deacons Ararat Terteryan and Arthur Bobikian.
Despite witness testimonies and historical evidence, the British Government maintains its refusal to recognise the Armenian chapter legally (politically) as genocide.
Photos by Avedik Mnatsakanyan