March 11, 2015
The ceremony of the official launch of 100 LIVES initiative founded by Ruben Vardanyan, Noubar Afeyan and Vartan Gregorian was held on March 10 evening at Harold Pratt House in New York.
mediamax.am - The ceremony of the official launch of 100 LIVES initiative founded by Ruben Vardanyan, Noubar Afeyan and Vartan Gregorian was held on March 10 evening at Harold Pratt House in New York.
In his speech, Ruben Vardanyan recalled that “100 years ago a group of well-off Americans gathered not too far away from here, at Plaza Hotel, in order to allocate funds for hundreds of thousands of forgotten Armenians who were faced with death.”
It should not be ruled out that Harold Pratt, American oilman and philanthropist who headed the Council on Foreign Relations in 1923-1939 and bequeathed his house to this organization, could also be among those Americans.
On March 10, one of the most influential American “think-tanks” let the 100 Lives initiative have his private residence and a certain “link of times” can be observed in here. After the Armenian Genocide in 1915, Americans – both wealthy and ordinary citizens – raised over USD 100 million or USD 2.5 billion in today’s monetary terms.
Vartan Gregorian said that holding the event in New York is symbolic for a bunch of reasons. “This is the city of Henry Morgenthau, who was among the first to raise his voice in defense of Armenians. The New York Times, which gave a detailed chronicle of what the Armenians had to go through, is being published in this city.
The UN Headquarters – an organization the mission which mission is to prevent human rights violations and crimes against humanity – is located in this city. And it’s exactly in New York that the Catholics, Protestants and Jews, democrats and republicans raised funds for the Near East Relief Foundation and raised over USD 100 million to help Armenians, while initially they were planning to raise merely 100 thousand,” noted Vartan Gregorian.
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