An event dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and the Khojaly genocide was held in Los Angeles. The event was organized by the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles and the Jewish Foundation "Save One Heart".
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Foundation Yzhar Charuzi and the Foundation member Esther Blaugrund expressed their gratitude to the Consulate General for hosting this important commemoration. Talking about the Kristallnacht of 1938, when Jews were subjected to brutal pogroms throughout the Nazi Germany, the speakers mentioned that namely this tragic night became the beginning of the eventual ‘Final Solution’ and the Holocaust that would kill over 6 million Jews by the end of the World War II in 1945.
Azerbaijan’s Consul General Nasimi Aghayev noted in his remarks that the Azerbaijani people could feel the pain and suffering of the Jewish people. Speaking of the genocides suffered by the Azerbaijani people in the 20th century, Aghayev mentioned the infamous March Genocide of 1918, which was committed by Armenian Dashnaks and Bolsheviks against tens of thousands of Azerbaijani civilians – a fact corroborated by a New York Times report of 1919 and other independent sources. The Consul General noted that alongside Azerbaijanis, the Jewish citizens of Azerbaijan were also among the victims of this horrific genocide in 1918. Aghayev said that the injustices and cruelties against Azerbaijanis continued in the early 1992, when the town of Khojaly in Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region was invaded by Armenian troops, who carried out a brutal mass murder of the fleeing civilian population. The Consul General noted that given this tragic history and centuries-old brotherhood between the Azerbaijani and Jewish people, “it is a moral obligation for both nations to stand and work together in order to make sure that such tragedies are not repeated again”.
Aghayev also mentioned that during the Holocaust Azerbaijan embraced and sheltered tens of thousands of Jews fleeing the Nazi persecutions in Eastern Europe.