News Release

Dawn Pace, 323/466-3445 x 243 

April 17, 2003

Armenian Film Foundation To Premiere film About 
Germany’s Role in Armenian Genocide

LOS ANGELES – The Armenian Film Foundation will premiere its new film “Germany and the Secret Genocide” on Thursday, May 15, 2003. The film documents how German diplomats and soldiers denied and covered up the deaths of Armenians at the hands of Turkish soldiers in 1915. Some of the German soldiers who denied and covered up the deaths later went on to serve under Hitler during World War II. The premiere will be held at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 5230 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood.

“Germany and the Secret Genocide” was directed and produced by Emmy-nominee Dr. J. Michael Hagopian. He utilizes emotional videotaped interviews with Genocide survivors and witnesses, rare German documents and letters and expert interviews to relate this horrific event. 

“This film was designed as a memorial for those who lost their lives in the Genocide and to inspire and educate Armenians living outside of the country about their culture and the history of their ancestors,” said Hagopian. “Part of that commitment means telling the truth about history, including the fact that Germany looked the other way as millions were slaughtered simply because they needed Turkey’s support during the war.”

“Germany and the Secret Genocide” is the second installment in the Armenian Film Foundation’s “Witnesses” trilogy. As part of the project, the Armenian-born director has filmed almost 400 eyewitness interviews throughout the world, capturing their accounts of the Armenian Genocide. Of the 11 people featured in “Germany and the Secret Genocide,” only one is still alive.

Dr. Hagopian put aside his career as a political science and economics professor at University of California, Los Angeles to pursue a career developing educational films and documentaries. His dedication has earned him numerous awards, including Emmy nominations – for the writing and production of “The Forgotten Genocide,” the first feature length film on the subject.

The Armenian Film Foundation will also host a press screening of “Germany and the Secret Genocide” for reporters on Thursday, April 24, 2003, which is the 88th annual commemoration of the Genocide, at 7 p.m. at the Eastman Kodak Screening Room, 6700 Santa Monica Boulevard (at the corner of Las Palmas). The premiere is being sponsored by the George Ignatius Foundation, which was created by the late Armenian benefactor to promote Armenian history and culture.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information about this film, photos or to attend the April 24 press screening and/or the May 15 premiere, please call Dawn Pace at 323/466-3445. For more information on the Armenian Film Foundation, please visit]
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