Survivors: An Oral History Of The Armenian Genocide

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Between 1915 and 1923, over one million Armenians died, victims of a genocidal campaign that is still denied by the Turkish government. Thousands of other Armenians suffered torture, brutality, deportation. Yet their story has received scant attention. Through interviews with a hundred elderly Armenians, Donald and Lorna Miller give the "forgotten genocide" the hearing it deserves. Survivors raise important issues about genocide and about how people cope with traumatic experience. Much here is wrenchingly painful, yet it also speaks to the strength of the human spirit.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Combining a compelling oral history with a trenchant analysis of the first major genocide of the 20th century, this moving study focuses on the Turkish murder of more than one million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 in a systematic campaign of mass deportations, slaughter, forced labor and starvation. The Millers, a husband-and-wife team--he is a sociologist of religion at the University of Southern California, she is the daughter of survivors of the genocide--present formidable documentary evidence that this holocaust was the result of an ultranationalist Turkish government's deliberate plan to exterminate the Armenians (still denied by Turkish officials). Their interviews with 100 survivors of the genocide are organized to illustrate specific themes such as the imprisonment and torture of Armenian leaders, life in orphanages (which cradled a new generation of Armenians) and the psychological traumas that continue to afflict survivors in nightmares and waking moments. Photos. (Apr.)
Library Journal
The Armenian genocide of 1915 is one of the few systematic atrocities of the 20th century that has yet to be fully acknowledged. Committed in a remote corner of the world during World War I, it has been regularly denied by successive Turkish governments and never truly mourned by the world community. In this book, Donald Miller (religion, Univ. of Southern California) and Lorna Miller, whose parents survived the massacre, recall the event in a painfully moving and objective testament to all those who suffered and died. Their work is impressive in its scope and methodology; over 100 elderly survivors were interviewed. Balanced and objective throughout, the book attempts to deal succinctly with survivor reactions over time and offers poignant reflections on the birth of the new Armenian republic in the wake of the Soviet collapse. An excellent work; recommended for all libraries.-- Joseph W. Constance Jr., St. Anselm Coll. Lib., Manchester, N.H.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520219564
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/2/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 992,276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald E. Miller is Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California and the author of Reinventing American Protestantism: Christianity in the New Millennium (California, 1997). Lorna Touryan Miller is Director of the Office for Creative Connections at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California. Her parents survived the Armenian genocide.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2006

    No 2 sides to Genocide

    An excellent book, which further proves the already solidified fact that there are NO '2-sides' to Genocide. Genocide experts the world over have agreed on this fact, especially Deborah Lipstadt. This is a must read. Genocide denial will never win!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2004

    A deep look at the Armenian Genocide of 1915

    This book contains a deep and moving analysis of one hundred interviews to survivors of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. It explains systematically and with rigorous scientific detail the horrid experience of this nation at the beginning of the twentieth century. I believe this is an excellent book that anybody interested in the Middle East and contemporary history should read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Two sides of a medallion

    As with all things in history there are always two sides. I would recommend anyone who read this book or any other related to the Armenian losses (as I refuse to call it a genocide) to read related books regarding the loss of life on the Muslim communities terrorized by the same helpless peoples. No one can deny there were great losses on each side however to portray such a sensitive issue so one sided does not make it credible nor does it make it agreeable. It only makes it propoganda and that is something no real historian can tolerate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2003

    A book on history

    A book on history or lets say a scientific research needs ethics. One of the rules is 'objectivitism'. The authors interviewed only the Armenian survivers, but what about the Turkish? There were none? Would all lie about the things happened those times if they were interviewed? I find term 'history' a bit unrealistic as it has no objectivitism..'Story' may fit better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2003


    If you are of Armenian descent, as I am, and have no knowledge of the Armenian genocide, like I was, then this book will tell you, somewhat graphically, all about it. Only one word could describe this book- awesome. That's because the author discredits and credits the Turks during this whole ordeal.--------Peter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    Excellent !!

    What an excellent work! I bought it from the internet and was delighted to find a wonderful book. The authors sistematically interviewed more than 100 Armenians who survived the Genocide in Turkey (1915). The book is moving, well written, shocking, interesting.... a MUST for anybody who wishes to understand the history of the Armenian people.

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