1859 - 1950
Giacomo Gorrini was a diplomat and an intellectual, with several degrees to his name. He was also a university lecturer and the founder of the Diplomatic Archives at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1915, while in Turkey as Consul General of Italy in Trabzon, he witnessed the deportation and massacre of Armenians. His efforts to rescue the victims were interrupted because of the outbreak of World War I. Forced to return to Rome, he made every effort to denounce the genocide. Appointed ambassador of the first Republic of Armenia from 1918 to 1920, he supported with the highest possible committment the Armenian cause internationally. In 1940, at the age of 80, while the world was on the brink of catastrophe, he published a book of first-hand accounts of the Armenian question, calling on international justice to acknowledge the genocide and the rights of the Armenian people.
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