TENAFLY, N.J.—On April 13, the Knights and Daughters of Vartan will honor Hasan Cemal, the grandson of Young Turk Party leader Jemal Pasha, at St. Thomas Armenian Church in Tenafly. Cemal, a journalist, scholar, and author, will be presented with the National Award Banquet. The evening will also serve as an opportunity to introduce his new book titled, 1915: Armenian Genocide.
The book, which has become a bestseller in Turkey, presents factual information about the Armenian Genocide and speaks about Cemal’s personal transformation—from someone who once denied the Armenian Genocide to someone who not only recognizes it, but is willing to risk publishing a book on his findings.
In addition to his personal story and evidence of the planned massacres, passages from Cemal’s grandfather, Jemal Pasha, one of the masterminds behind the Armenian Genocide, are also quoted from his own memoirs from 1919.
Cemal visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan five years ago, and writes in his book, “To deny the Genocide would mean to be an accomplice in this crime against humanity.”
The banquet, which will take place in Saddler Hall of St. Thomas Armenian Church, located at 9W and East Clinton Avenue in Tenafly, will begin with a cocktail hour at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m. Donation is $125 per person. Limited seating is available. For reservations, call Sona at (201) 746-0409, Nurhan at (201) 507-3301, or Hirant at (212) 764-8730.