Diana Agabeg Apcar in a long gown, about 1915 (Photo by Farsari. Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives. Courtesy of Katherine Apcar Berberian)

Chhange Presents ‘The Stateless Diplomat’

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LINCROFT, N.J. — The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) will present the screening of the documentary film, “The Stateless Diplomat,” on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at Brookdale Community College for its Annual Armenian Genocide Remembrance Program.

“The Stateless Diplomat” explores the heroic life of Diana Apcar, an Armenian woman who lived in Japan and helped build an international business across Southeast Asia. Faced with the horrors of the Armenian Genocide, Apcar fought tirelessly to find sympathy and support for the victims of her ancestral home through books, letters, and her business connections. She served as the first Armenian Consul to Japan during the short-lived Republic of Armenia.

Mimi Malayan

The film will be introduced by Mimi Malayan, the producer of the film and the great-granddaughter of Diana Apcar. A discussion will follow. This program is open to the public and is free of charge. It will be held at the Warner Student Life Center at Brookdale Community College. This year’s program will be in memory of Arsene B. Haroutunian.

Since 1979, Chhange has been dedicated to its mission to educate about the Holocaust, genocides, and human rights issues and to promote the elimination of racism, antisemitism, and all forms of prejudice. Each year, Chhange connects with over 25,000 students, educators, and community members through innovative programming, the Annual Chhange Student Art Installation, and the Annual Colloquium.

For more than 30 years Chhange has presented outstanding programs in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide including such speakers as Taner Akçam, Chris Bohjalian, and Peter Balakian. Chhange has created an outstanding exhibit on the Armenian Genocide which is displayed at Brookdale Community College and has published the book Hundred-Year: Legacy of Courage which is a compilation of the histories of Armenian Genocide Survivors of the local community.

For more information and to register for the screening of “The Stateless Diplomat,” visit www.chhange.org. Advanced reservations are strongly suggested.

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