YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—The first oil pipeline, the first opera theatre, the first library and many other things in Baku were built by Armenians. The majority of businessmen, architects, doctors and photographers in Baku were Armenian. To chronicle these advances and contribution the Armenian Genocide Museum Institute launched a new Web site called baku.am.
The sections on the Web site include“History of Baku,” “Lithographic pictures,” “Baku in old postcards,” “Muslims in Baku” and “Armenians in Baku” among others.
The purpose of the site is to educate the public about the prosperous past and rich history of the Armenian community of Baku, which was effectively uprooted after Azeri forces drove out the Armenian population through forced deportations and pogroms in 1990.
The site provides basic information about the Armenian cultural, civic and business contributions to the history of Baku. For young Azerbaijanis it will become an alternate source of information.
Hayk Demoyan, Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum Institute, explained that the site’s main target is the Azeri youth, which has been raised and educated on revisionist history and xenophobia. Demoyan said the site provides an alternative look at Baku.
Demoyan insisted that the Web site is not intended to stir national passions, but rather, it is an avenue through which the past can be acknowledged and will serve as a bridge in promoting peaceful coexistence between two neighbor states.