The other day, we got the honor of visiting the genocide museum in Armenia’s capital of Yerevan. Not only did we visit the museum, but we also got to see the memorial that commemorates this horrible act of humanity. While going through the museum, I furthered my knowledge on the Armenian genocide. It is impossible to imagine what the Armenians suffered at the hands of Turkey. I am truly inspired that the Armenian people were able to push through and come together as a nation to develop a strong sense of cultural pride.
I also got the opportunity to hear about how the Armenians struggled to construct the genocide memorial. Before the Armenians where able to get the memorial constructed, the Soviets didn’t even let them talk about the genocide. It even got to the point in which grandmothers could not tell their grandchildren where they came from. Those who talked about the Armenian Genocide were at risk of getting sent to Siberian prison camps. After a while, there was a strong movement for a memorial. Risking an uprising, the Soviet Union decided it was a better idea to construct a genocide memorial. The memorial was simple, yet it symbolized something massive. Even though it is hard to talk about, it is essential that the Armenians remember the genocide because it strengthens their bond with one another. While spending these past couple weeks in Armenia, I could feel this strong sense of culture from the Armenian people.