Remembering the holocaust

Boston Globe, MA
April 18 2004


Contemporary artist Apo Torosyan is among area artists participating
in an interfaith commemoration of the Holocaust at 3 p.m. today at
Peabody Veterans Memorial High School.

Torosyan, of Peabody, presents “My Story — Everybody’s Story,” his
display about the Armenian genocide and his family’s history.

Born and raised in Turkey, Torosyan is the son of an Armenian father
and Greek mother who lost many family members in the genocide of
1915. The calamity has greatly influenced his art.

In addition to an art exhibit, the event includes a talk by
Christopher Mauriello, professor of history at Salem State College,
titled “From Memory to Hope: Myths of the Holocaust in American
Public Life.”

Ceremonies for survivors and an interfaith memorial service follows
at 4 p.m. The Holocaust Center Service Award will be presented to
Sandy Weitz.

On Thursday, Torosyan presents his video “Discovering My Father’s
Village” at Peabody City Hall during ceremonies commemorating the
Armenian genocide. The 11 a.m. event will be hosted by Peter
Torigian, former mayor of Peabody. Call 978-532-3000.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS