NansenFoundation

 The Fridtjof Nansen Foundation in Armenia was established on July 8, 2002. In the same year, the Fridtjof Nansen Gold Medal was instituted.

 

Founding president is the writer Felix Bakhchinyan, the Execu tive Director: literary critic Hayarpi Khachatryan. 

The policy pursued by Turkey towards the Armenians at the end of 19th century and the Genocide committed during the World War I shocked Nansen. He was worried about the fate of thousands of immigrants scattered all over the world and cherished a hope for the support of the League of Nations. But his efforts were in vain. His only demand that was fulfilled related to giving identification certificates to immigrants. Nansen's passport became the guarantee if existence for thousands of Armenians who survived the Genocide, due to which the Armenian immigrants were granted the right to live and work in 52 countries around the world. 

Nansen's visit to Armenia from June 16, 1925 till July 02 was historical for the Armenian people. In 2005 the Foundation celebrated the 80th anniversary of Nansen's visit to Armenia and in 2006 the 100th anniversary of his first published book that was translated into Armenian («To the pole», Izmir).

A scientific session was organized in the Writers house of Tsakhkadzor and the collection of articles entitled "Supporting coloumn" was published. 

During his visit Nansen was delighted with the Armenian people and Armenia. Nansen wrote the book "Betrayed nation" under the impressions of the visit, which is one of the best books about the Armenian people. 

Catholicos of all Armenians Gevorg 5th hosted Nansen with love in the spiritual center of the Armenian people in Echmiadzin. He visited Matenadaran, participated in the opening of the Shirak canal. 

He received the first honorable doctorate title in Yerevan State University. 

In 2006 by the initiative of Fridtjof Nansen Foundation one of the auditoriums of the Yerevan State University was named after Fridtjof Nansen. One of the auditoriums of Yerevan Slavonic University is also named after him. 

The visit to American orphanages in Leninakan (now Gyumri) was memorable, where 11 thousand Armenian orphans - survivors of the Genocide lived and studied. 

One of the orphanages of Gyumri, where Nansen was about 90 years ago, is named after him. 

As a result of his visit to Armenia another book was written by Russian writer Nikolai Verzhbitski who accompanied him: "In Armenia with Nansen".

The Fridtjof  Nansen Foundation of Armenia constantly organizes conferences and events devoted to Nansen. 

Nansen's works were translated into Armenian and published in 8 volumes, monographs and books about Nansen in 12 volumes. By the initiative of the Fundation of "Fridtjof Nansen and Armenia" an exhibition opened in 2004 in Strasbourg attended by the President of RA and the Prime Minister of Norway. 

In the cities of Yerevan, Armavir, Spitak and Stepanavan there are schools, parks, streets named after Nansen; there is a hospital after Nansen in Spitak city. 

Doctor of Historical Sciences Makich Arzumanyan's “Nansen and Armenia” monograph was published on the relations of Fridtjof Nansen and Armenia, Yuri and Ruben Yerznkyanner produced a documentary film about Nansen. 

In 2008 the film producer Eduard Ter-Sahakyan shot the “Fridtjof Nansen- the Conscience of the World” documentary film using the the scenario written by F.Bakhchinyan. 

In 2010 the Jubilee Committee of preparation was established to celebrate 150th Anniversary of F. Nansen. In 2011 F. Nansen's 150th Anniversary was celebrated with great splendor in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. 

The Ministry of Culture of RA produced the DVD version of “Fridtjof Nansen - the Conscience of the World” film in 1000 examples. 

F. Bakhchinyan's “F.Nansen and Armenia” monograph was published in 500 print run. Matinee and books exhibition about Nansen's life and activities were held in the National Museum. Scientific session and presentation of F.Nansen's 8 volumes were organized in the auditorium after F.Nansen of Slavonic University. 

-The exhibition of fine art works related to F.Nansen was organized in “Academy” Gallery, where Nansen's granddaughter Ms. Marit Greve was present. 

-The “Armenian Genocide and the Scandinavian Response” International Conference was held the by Genocide Museum-Institute of RA. 

-The Fridtjof Nansen's Jubilee Memorial Medal was inaugurated, which is awarded to Armenian Intellectuals promoting philanthropic activities. 

-The Ministry of Transport and Communication of RA established the stamp of F. Nansen's 150th Anniversary. 

-A Jubilee Concert was held in the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre after Al. Spendaryan featuring performances of Armenian and Norwegian musicians. 

- The exhibition of photos and archive documents on the theme “F.Nansen and Armenia” was opened in the National Archives of Armenia. 

-The great philanthropist classroom was opened at the School N 150 after F.Nansen of Yerevan. 

-By the materials of Nansen's Foundation, events were held on Nansen's 150th Anniversary in Saint Petersburg, Aleppo and Buenos Aires. 

- On the 1st  of July, 2011 by the initiative of F.Nansen's Museum of Bergen and Armenian State Philharmonic a concert (conductor: Espen Selvik, soloist: Marina Kan) related to F. Nansen's 150th Anniversary was held in Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall of Yerevan. 

- Nansen's Jubilee was celebrated with the participation of Kaare Nostel, Chairman of Fridtjof Nansen Humanitarian Foundation of Norway, F.Nansen's Museum director, editor Espen Selvik and famous pianist Marina Kan and employees of Fridtjof Nansen Foundation of Armenia. Reports were read in National Assembly of NK and at the University of Stepanakert. 

- On the 12 of October, 2014 in F.Nansen's Park of Nor Nork Community of Yerevan, it was opened the Museum of the great philanthropist (sponsors: honoured physicians of RA Karlen and Sara Yesayans, architect Albert Sokhikyan), where periodically conferences, book discussions and presentations are held.

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