We are writing in response to “An Open Letter to Facing History and Ourselves” (Armenian Weekly Online, Oct. 25, 2011) by David Boyajian.
We appreciate the importance of this conversation. Facing History is unambiguous in its recognition of the Armenian Genocide and continues to educate all of our audiences, including teachers, students, and the general public, about this important history.According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) website, the organization does recognize what happened to the Armenians as genocide. In fact, Facing History knows—and teaches—that Raphael Lemkin, the man who coined the term genocide, did so partially in response to the atrocities committed against the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.
Facing History knows that there is always more work to be done to make sure this history is taught. We are proud that in our work thus far every child in several city-wide school districts, including Boston, Louisville, and Memphis, learns about the Armenian Genocide as part of their Facing History and Ourselves program.
Margot Stern Strom
Executive Director, Facing History and Ourselves
Associate Executive Director, Facing History and Ourselves
Chair Designate, Board of Directors, Facing History and Ourselves