Who we are

Ov enk in Armenian means Who are we?

None of this could have happened without the efforts of the heroic diaspora, who was faced with tremendous difficulties in the host countries starting in the 1920s to connect with each other (no internet, the Armenian society had collapsed), find and collect photographs (which a large part was destroyed or lost), publish them (without the help of the host countries nor the Armenian Republic).

The very existence of such pictures was threatened many times, and this personal work and collective efforts of the Armenian survivors in the host countries to preserve these pictures with very modest means should never be taken for granted.

Many of these photographs, books, newspapers, postal cards were collected by the CRDA since 1976 to show them to the public. Starting from 2013, the Armenian Memory Institute (AMI) digitalized and integrated part of the CRDA archives.

This work alone represents thousands of hours of benevolent work made by patient and hard-working people. 92% of the pictures currently displayed on OVENK.COM come from the Armenian Memory Institute (AMI) collection and digitalization.

To simplify the use of the website, we are showing pictures in low resolution. Please note that quality of the displayed pictures may vary depending on the quality of the original source. If you are looking for higher resolution version of a specific picture, we will ask for a donation to help us pursue our work.

Pictures on OVENK.COM that come from the Armenian Memory Institute collection are tagged “AMI Collection”, whereas those from contributors are tagged with the name of these contributors.

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