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Marseille City of refuge - Exhibition centenary of the arrival of the Armenians in Marseille

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To honor the centenary of the arrival of the Armenians, the City of Marseille, the ARAM association and the CDCA are offering you an exceptional exhibition in the Marseille City Hall, retracing the arrival and settlement of survivors of the genocide in 1915.

See you from November 21 to 25, 2022

Posted on November 16, 2022

The exhibition "1922: welcoming Armenians to Marseille" will be presented from November 21 to 25, 2022 at the Marseille City Hall.

This exhibition was produced under the aegis of the City of Marseilles by the Association for the Research and Archiving of Armenian Memory (ARAM) with the assistance of the Committee for the Defense of the Armenian Cause, on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the arrival of the Armenians in Marseilles.

Since its foundation by the Greeks, Marseille has been a land of welcome described as a "city of refuge" by the eminent historian Émile Temime. At the crossroads of the Mediterranean, the city was indeed built on successive waves of migration from all over the world.

A hundred years ago

In November 1922, the largest number of Armenian refugees landed in Marseilles, driven from their ancestral lands following the 1915-1916 genocide. The reception of the survivors was initially taken care of by the small Armenian colony made up of traders established since the end of the 19th century. Then, faced with the growing influx of new Armenian immigrants with stateless status, the municipal and ministerial authorities decided to place the poorest in disused military camps.

The exhibition presented by the Association for the Research and Archiving of Armenian Memory invites you to discover the context of this installation, by evoking the centuries-old links between Marseille and the Armenians, the journey of exiles since the genocide, the organization demonstrated by association, religious, cultural and political leaders to accompany these thousands of orphans and adults with shattered lives.
It has 20 panels and exhibits, in showcases, various objects.

The story of this migration is an integral part of the history of Marseille. It has left traces in the structure of neighborhoods, in the world of sport, in political engagement and even in cooking recipes.

The Association for the Research and Archiving of Armenian Memory is an association under the 1901 law, founded in 1997 by Jean Garbis Artin, born in Marseille to Armenian parents. It is the fruit of a lifetime spent preserving documents relating to Armenians and Armenia.
ARAM collects, archives and saves written documents, books, maps, papers, testimonies, photographs, media and generally any element relating to Armenians following in particular the genocide perpetrated by the “Young Turks” government from 1915.
The constitution and life of the Armenian diaspora in France and Europe are the main subjects that make up the documentary collection.

Memory is protected, memory is shared

Saving documentation and allowing it to be consulted by all is the primary purpose of the work carried out by the association. For this, the digitization step is crucial. A dedicated space on the website allows free online reading of several thousand pages.

Collaborations, exchanges and many contacts are established by the association with various national and international structures. Finally, thematic and traveling exhibitions highlight the association's documentary fund.

The objective is therefore to save the documents that make up the history of the Armenian diaspora to make it known to all.

"1922: the reception of Armenians in Marseille"
Bailli de Suffren Room - City Hall
Place Bargemon (2nd)
From November 21 to 25, 2022
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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