FIRST MAJOR FILM TO ADDRESS ARMENIAN GENOCIDE AFTER 100+ YEARS OF POLITICAL DENIAL TO BE SHOWN AT MALTZ MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE

Film Screening of The Promise followed by Panel Discussion on Dec 10

2pm screening sold out, 11am time added!

(CLEVELAND, OH) The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is proud to announce the December 10th screenings of The Promise, directed by award-winning Director Terry George (Hotel Rawanda and In the Name of the Father), followed by a panel discussion with special guests. Space is limited, so registration is strongly encouraged. The 2pm screening is already sold out.

The Maltz Museum presents the The Promise and panel discussion in partnership with the Armenian Cultural Group, AJC Cleveland, and Facing History and Ourselves.

“After over 100 years of political denial, this is the first feature film that addresses the Armenian Genocide,” said Jeffery Allen, Director of Education & Public Programs at the Maltz Museum. “We are proud to partner in bringing this story to the Cleveland community. It’s an important story to tell.”

This untold story contributed to future genocides, in particular the Holocaust.  Adolf Hitler, when he was marshaling his generals to go into Poland and ordering them to show no mercy, remarked, “Who, after all, remembers the extermination of the Armenians?”

The 2pm film screening sold out quickly and a second time slot has been added at 11am.

“The collective response to learning about this story about the Armenian Genocide, which claimed the lives of over 1.5 million innocent Armenians and was long-suppressed by mainstream media, has been overwhelming,” said Allen.

About the Panelists:

DR. PAMELA STEINER (MORGENTHAU) is the granddaughter of U.S. Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, portrayed in the movie as a Jewish American who in 1915 sounded the alarm bell to the world that race extermination was taking place in Turkey. Dr. Steiner is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School for Public Health. She is an author and has been a member of numerous facilitation teams for conflict resolution workshops for Armenians and Turks, Israelis and Palestinians or Arabs, and Germans and Jews.

DANIEL MELNICK is an author, Professor Emeritus of English at Cleveland State University, and now part-time Lecturer at Case Western Reserve University. Professor Melnick has written several novels, including The Ash Tree, which is about the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide in the lives of an Armenian-American family. It was published by West of West Books in conjunction with the 2015 centennial of the genocide. A previous novel of his, Hungry Generations, tells the story of the community of émigré musicians – many of them Jewish – who fled Europe in the late 1930s and raised their families in Los Angeles.

ELIZABETH CLARK is an award-winning history teacher from Laurel School who specializes in human rights history, including the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide. She embraces the Facing History and Ourselves approach to educating her students.

“This is something we have wanted to do for a long time. When I learned that most of my friends were not aware of the Armenian Genocide and also its direct relationship to the Holocaust, this motivated me to work with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage to bring the film here to Cleveland,” said Ara Bagdasarian, Trustee of the Armenian Cultural Group.    “We want to give the Cleveland community – and others who support freedom of religion and culture – the opportunity to hear our story and discuss it, learn from it, and fight against intolerance in our present and future times.”