The Pedagogical University organised a conference on the topic of “Participation of Armenian People in the World War II”. The conference was initiated by the ASPU Scientific Laboratory of “Armenia in 1920 – 1991” and by the joint efforts of the RA NAS Institute of History and the YSU Institute of Armenian Studies.
The Rector of the Pedagogical University Rouben Mirzakhanyan greeted the participants of the conference and highlighted that for our people the World War II had been a patriotic war, as Armenian people fought to protect their homeland.
“The war of 1941-1945 was indeed a patriotic war for us; Armenian people were protecting their homeland Armenia, which was then a part of the Soviet Union, against the planned-ahead attacks of Turkish bandit groups. 25 divisions of Turkey were allocated on the Armenian- Turkish borderline, ready to cross the border and to commit a new genocide much more dreadful in its form and more tragic with its consequences. Moreover, this was a patriotic war for us as just like in the 20th century, throughout the history of our nation, we, the Armenian people, have never had such a mass involvement of people in military activities and the rear backup support, as during 1941-1945”, mentioned the Doctor of History, Professor Rouben Mirzakhanyan. According to him, the historical and scientific studies about the participation of our people in the World War II are more than actual, and this conference aims to some extent fill in the gap.
Additionally, the Rector once again mentioned that in the third Republic with the rule of the authorities with different public positions, the Armenian people has had and still has the manifestation of the greatest esteem for the monuments immortalizing the memory of the Great patriotic war, which rise in different settlements of our country.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russian Federation to the Republic of Armenia Sergey Kopirkin considered the organization of the conference in this post-war period quite symbolic and spoke about the unforgettable lessons of the WWII unleashed by Hitler against the Soviet Union. And in that war the Ambassador particularly emphasized the participation of Armenian people, highlighted the value and demonstration of their military talent and various achievements, and specifically their contribution in the victory.
“Today, the aim is not only to protect the borders of the country, but also its history. Those, who do not remember the history, have a vague future ahead. Our fathers’ and grandfathers’ feats oblige us to not let that tragedy repeat”, mentioned Sergey Kopirkin and wished the conference participants effective work.
The Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Armenia Vyacheslav of Lysukha spoke about the actions and disasters of the World War II, referred to the partisan movement, and key participation of Armenian people in multiple military operations. Likewise, he outlined the names of the Armenian Commanders in the fights for the liberation of Belarus, specifically highlighting the feats of Hovhannes Baghramyan, and added that the topic of the conference was particularly actual in the current times, and the re-evaluation of history was principal indeed.
Furthermore, during the plenary session the Director of the RA NAS Institute of History, Academician Ashot Melkonyan delivered a report about “Participation of Armenians in the anti-fascist resistance movement in France during World War II”. The latter outlined that Misack Manoushyan and many other Armenians, whose number reaches several thousands, who unified for the liberation of France and had their huge contribution in the historic victory against fascism.
The conference continued its activities in two group-sessions. In additions, in their reports, the participants referred to the military actions conducted by Armenian women in the World War II, the issues of deserters, the fate of Armenian prisoners of war, the participation of the Pedagogical University, etc. Last but not least, a separate report was made about the archive documents of the Great Patriotic War, as well as the contribution of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia Holy See of Cilicia in the victory.