Swedish City to Host Assyrian Genocide Exhibiton


Sodertalje, Sweden (AINA) — The City Hall of the Swedish city of Sodertalje, 36 kilometers south of Stockholm, will host an exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Assyrian, Greek and Armenian Genocide. Sodertalje is home to 30,000 Assyrians, a quarter of the population. The city council made the decision to host the Genocide exhibition because of the large Assyrian population in the city and the Swedish parliament’s official recognition the Assyrian genocide in 2010 (AINA 2010-03-12).

The genocide of Assyrians, Greeks and Armenians was committed by Ottoman Turks during World War One, between 1915 and 1923. The genocide claimed the lives of 750,000 Assyrians (75%), 500,000 Greeks and 1.5 million Armenians.

The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the historical events that led to the genocide and wwill run from April 15 to May 15. The exhibition will be inaugurated by the mayor of Sodertalje, Boel Godner, and will feature a speech by Turkish publicist and writer Ragip Zarakolu, lectures by experts in the field and a panel discussion with guest speakers.

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