Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Wednesday called on Armenian Genocide survivors and descendants to submit their stories and memories for inclusion into the congressional record.
The effort parallels a congressional resolution Schiff introduced to recognize and commemorate the genocide carried out by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923. Schiff in a statement said he plans to make the submissions part of the nation’s enduring record of congressional proceedings.
“Let us fill the congressional record with the personal histories of those who survived the genocide and their families,” he said. “While there are still some survivors left, we can use the official record of the Congress to document the first genocide of the last century. This can become an important resource for historians, a vital part of our nation’s archives, and a part of the continuing effort to educate members of Congress as we move forward with the genocide resolution.”