Begnins, Switzerland, Memorial to Armenian Genocide Orphans

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Subject:Two plaques in the Swiss town of Begnins commemorate the orphans of the Armenian Genocide. The plaque in the center of town underneath a maple tree whose sapling was brought from Armenia marks the point of arrival of the Armenian orphans. The other plaque identifies one of the buildings utilized as an orphanage and school, and honors its founder, the Swiss pastor Antony Krafft-Bonnard. Called Foyer Arménien, ‘Armenian Hearth,’ it housed 142 very young Armenian orphans from 1921 to 1936. The building remains in use as an elementary school for local children. (view image)
Type of Memorial:Commemorative Plaque
Physical Setting:Urban
Tourist Amenities:No
Physical Condition:Good condition
Location:Begnins, Switzerland
Dedication Date:May 4, 1986

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