German theologian and Armenologist Prof. Hermann Goltz died after serious illness on December 9. He was 64.
For decades in Germany he worked toward the recognition and condemnation of the Genocide of the Armenians. In 1982, Goltz founded and led the Dr. Johannes Lepsius-Archiv (Armenological-Theological work).
In 1998 he founded and led the Mesrop Center for Armenian Studies at the Foundation Leucorea at Wittenberg. Since 2006, Goltz, together with a parliamentary group, worked toward the adoption of a resolution on the Armenian Genocide in the German Parliament or Bundestag.
Goltz researched, taught and published on theology, art and culture of the Armenian Church. Together with the Armenian scientist Armenuhi Drost-Abgarjan, he translated Sharaknotz, a central academic source for the comprehension of the Eastern Christian civilizations.
In addition to this work, he also provided research help to Eric Friedler, director of the award-winning documentary “Aghet: A Genocide.”
Among the many awards he received are: The Mesrop Medal of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia in Antelias, Lebanon; the Prince Daniel Medal of Moscow's Patriarch; the Sahak Mesrop Medal of the Catholicos of All Armenians (Echmiadzin) and an honorary doctorate from Yerevan State University.