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The Genocide of Armenians during WWI

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: April 9, 2015, 19:00 – 21:00

This year marks 100 years since the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. Considering the roots of the genocide, its denial and reflections on it will be Armenian Studies experts Haig Utidjian and Milada Kiliánová from Charles University’s Faculty of Arts and Šimon Krbec, a lawyer at the Faculty Evangelical Theology of Charles University and the Archaeology of Evil Research Centre. Historian Petr Šulc will chair the discussion.

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