Armenian Genocide Project

The first 20th century genocide was the Armenian genocide of 1915.  An estimated 1.5 million Armenians were murdered or sent on death marches into the Syrian Desert by Turkish nationalist forces.  The victims include people killed in local massacres that began in spring 1915 and others who died during deportations, under conditions of starvation, dehydration, exposure, and disease.  Today, people are still persecuted for even mentioning these atrocities.  The Turkish government has vigorously attempted to cover up this event since it happened.

In the 1980’s, Beverly Malejan Ramsay traveled around the United States, photographed survivors and recorded their oral histories on audio tape.  She was not able to publish or present her work as she had planned because of an illness.  Her other work as a mother, teacher and social benefit work continued.  In the 1990’s, she moved to Armenia and joined forces with the organization “Ajakits” of Gyumri and opened the first shelter for battered women in Armenia.

After many years, Beverly’s niece, Jennifer Schlauder Lin and Beverly’s son, Sean Ramsay have teamed up to further develop the Armenian Genocide Oral History Project.  The project will focus on the survivors’ personal stories.    Their stories provide first hand evidence the genocide occurred.  The goal of this project is to educate people about the genocide and challenge those who deny it.  Education is an extremely important part of this project.  Once the content is developed into a book, website or film, we want to share it with educational institutions and museums.  We want to join with other people and organizations to prevent the reoccurrence of genocide of any group.  We want the world community to become structured so that those who commit genocide are punished and then vigorously and consistently act in ways that discourage this practice.

Project Objectives:

·       Provide First Hand Evidence the Armenian Genocide Occurred

·       Educate People about the Armenian Genocide

·       Discourage Future Genocides



Project Task Breakdown:


·       Prepare Materials:


o   Translate (15) oral histories from Western Armenian to English

o   Transcribe (34)  oral histories from audio to written

o   Scan & Restore (35) photos of the Survivors



·       Create Presentation: 


o   Generate an Interactive PowerPoint Presentation for future film funding,  Educational or Museum Grants



·       Create Website:


o   Hire a Graphic Designer

o   Prepare Audio Oral Histories of the Survivors for the website

o   Prepare Photos of the Survivors for the website



·       Create Book:


o   Prepare Oral Histories for the Book

o   Prepare Photos of the Survivors for the Book



·       Create Film (Beginning Stages): 


o   Create Storyboard for the Film

o   Interview Historians (Travel Expenses)

o   Interview Survivors Descendants (Travel Expenses)



We are grateful for any and all financial contributions. If you are interested in our project, please consider making a donation.


  • Rita Archibald  
    • $100 
    • 4 mos
  • Art Bashmakian 
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
  • Cathy Beauchamp  
    • $200 
    • 5 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
  • Elizabeth Vega 
    • $100 
    • 6 mos


Jennifer Schlauder Lin 
Sunnyvale, CA
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