The busts of 12 outstanding figures are set in this alley. This alley is an expression of gratitude by Yerevan State University for the pro-Armenian activities of foreign state, political, social and cultural outstanding figures, who have condemned the greatest tragedy of the beginning of the 20th century - the Armenian Genocide, and have got great contribution to the recognition process of the Armenian Genocide, saved lives of many Armenians from Turkish sword, famine and diseases, protected the rights of the Armenians and raised the Armenian Question on the international level.
“The alley, founded in the yard of Yerevan State University, is our modest expression of gratitude to all foreign organizations and individuals who have unselfishly contributed to the salvation of helpless Armenians, provided the survived Armenians with living conditions, raised the issue of the Genocide around the world,” - said Acting Rector of YSU Aram Simonyan in his opening speech.
The Alley of Gratitude was founded owing to donations, made by YSU lecturers, staff and students, “Ardshinbank” CJSC, “Prometey Bank” LLC and other donors.
Johannes Lepsius - 1858-1926 (Germany)
Karen Jeppe - 1876-1935 (Denmark)
Fridtjof Nansen - 1861-1930 (Norway)
Henry Morgenthau - 1856-1946 (USA)
Franz Werfel - 1890-1945 (Austria)
James Bryce - 1838-1922 (Great Britain)
Armin Wegner - 1886-1978 (Germany)
Anatole France - 1844-1924 (France)
Jakob Künzler - 1871-1949 (Switzerland)
Raphael Lemkin - 1900-1959 (Poland)
Pierre Quillard - 1864-1912 (France)
Alma Johansson - 1880-1974 (Sweden)
Here are the famous individuals whose busts are set in YSU Alley of Gratitude. Of course, not only these 12 individuals have supported the Armenians, but it was impossible to set the busts of all such figures.
“Having set these 12 busts we do not forget about many other known and unknown figures, who have much helped the Armenian people. We are grateful to all those who have tried try to alleviate the pain of the Armenian people. We are grateful to the ordinary Arab peasant who has given them just one piece of bread the Armenian orphan, who had lost his parents, the Kurd who hid at his home his Armenian neighbor,” - said Mr. Simonyan.
The author of the busts is sculptor Vladimir Antashyan.
By the way, the bilingual website (in Armenian and English) genocide100.ysu.am, which is a part of YSU internet portal, provides with the information on the events and various initiatives of YSU in the framework of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, as well as the Alley of Gratitude.