Ambassador Morgenthau’s personal library donated to the Armenian Genocide Museum of America

Washington, DC - 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, reported by AGMA.

"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.”

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.

Krikorian said the Ambassador Morgenthau collection will be used by the research library, and to enhance the museum's exhibits depicting the Ambassador's life and work. Ambassador Morgenthau was a naturalized American from a German Jewish family and a successful lawyer active in Democratic Party politics. With the election of President Woodrow Wilson, he was appointed United States Ambassador to the Sublime Porte in 1913.

Ambassador Morgenthau's personal library is the sixth significant collection of Genocide-era and post-Genocide-era materials which, in the past two years, have been donated or made available for use by AGMA. AGMA has been granted access to the archives of the Near East Foundation and the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan, Armenia.

The Armenian Genocide Museum of America is an outgrowth of the Armenian Assembly of America and the Armenian National Institute (ANI), catalyzed by the initial pledge of Anoush Mathevosian toward building such a museum in Washington DC.