November 25, 2009 - 21:49 AMTPanARMENIAN.Net
- The personal library of U.S. Ambassador Henry Morgenthau
, renowned for his extraordinary efforts to bring American and international attention to the Turkish government's deportation and massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, has been donated to the Armenian Genocide Museum of America (AGMA) in Washington, DC.
"We are extremely grateful to the Morgenthau family for entrusting this invaluable collection of books to the museum, which provides a window into the breadth and depth of the Ambassador's intellectual acumen and his humanitarian outlook," said Van Z. Krikorian, museum trustee and chairman of the project's Building and Operations Committee. "In the pantheon of heroes who have fought against genocide, the Morgenthau name is legendary. This collection is priceless and wonderful Thanksgiving news," added Krikorian.
The gift of Ambassador Morgenthau's personal library, which has been privately held by his family since his death in 1946, comes to AGMA from Henry Morgenthau III, the son of Henry Morgenthau, Jr., and the grandson of the Ambassador. In making the gift to AGMA, Henry Morgenthau III said "I am only putting Ambassador Morgenthau's effects where they belong."
Ambassador Morgenthau's personal library includes books he acquired during his term of service in the Ottoman Empire, and others obtained in preparation for his diplomatic posting to expand his knowledge of the region, its history and people. The collection also includes Ambassador Morgenthau's autographed copy of the official State Department publication "Instructions to the Diplomatic Officers of the United States," which he was provided upon his appointment.