More than 300 Turkish citizens visited the Armenian Genocide Museum Complex at Tsitsernakaberd during their visit to Yerevan for the Armenia-Turkey World Cup qualifying football match, the director of the museum, Hayk Demoyan, told Armenpress.
According to Demoyan, many of the Turkish visitors at the museum were students, sports fans, and NGO representatives. He said many of them visited the museum out of curiosity, with varying reactions to the exhibits, including sympathy, remorse, regret and denial.
The museum had earlier this month launched an exhibit chronicling the contributions of Armenians in Ottoman Sports. According to Demoyan this was the most popular exhibit frequented by the Turkish visitors, who were surprised to learn about the role of Armenians in the development of sports in the Ottoman Empire.
According to him, many of the visitors said they had not known about the contributions of Armenians to Ottoman Sports. [Unzipped - see also my earlier post - Armenian sport life in the pre-WWI Ottoman Empire]
Meanwhile, the descendant of one of the three masterminds of the Armenian Genocide, Hasan Jemal, visited the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial on Saturday where he laid flowers in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
The grandson of Jemal Pasha, Hasan Jemal is a correspondent for the Turkish daily "Milliyet." Jemal wrote about his visit to Armenia in an article entitled, "Let's Respect Each Other's Pains."
*source: Armenpress (via accc.org.uk)