On Sunday, April 12, 2015, the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (Chhange) hosted a special reception and opening to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
This event showcased A Journey to Life: Armenia, an innovative, interactive exhibit, which features the personal histories of local Armenian survivors and their families, including a display of their archival items. Tablet technology allows visitors to customize their viewing experience. Internationally-renowned Armenian Scholar Khatchig Mouradian introduced the exhibit at the event.
The commemorative event also revealed Illuminating Images: A Hundred-Year-Remembrance, a student art installation of 3-D artistic cityscapes of Armenian life before and after the genocide. The installation presented the collaborative efforts of hundreds of middle school, high school, and college students throughout New Jersey.
Chhange also released its publication Hundred-Year Legacy of Courage: Celebrating the Lives of Armenian Genocide Survivors in Our Community. This publication shares the personal accounts of 54 Armenian survivors from across the Ottoman Empire, who came to live in our community. The book honors individual survivors, preserving their voices – a demonstrated, powerful vehicle to teach genocide history and its lessons.