The Knock at the Door: A Journey through the Darkness of the Armenian Genocide

The Knock at the Door: A Journey through the Darkness of the Armenian Genocide

by Margaret Ahnert
     
 

In 1915, Armenian Christians in Turkey were forced to convert to Islam, barred from speaking their language, and often driven out of their homes as the Turkish army embarked on a widespread campaign of intimidation and murder. In this riveting book, Margaret Ajemian Ahnert relates her mother Ester's terrifying experiences as a young woman during this period of

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In 1915, Armenian Christians in Turkey were forced to convert to Islam, barred from speaking their language, and often driven out of their homes as the Turkish army embarked on a widespread campaign of intimidation and murder. In this riveting book, Margaret Ajemian Ahnert relates her mother Ester's terrifying experiences as a young woman during this period of hatred and brutality. At age 15, Ester was separated from her family during a forced march away from her birth town of Amasia. Though she faced unspeakable horrors at the hands of many she met, and was forced into an abusive marriage against her will, she never lost her faith, quick wit, or ability to see the good in people. Eventually she escaped and emigrated to America. Ahnert's compelling account of her mother's suffering is framed by an intimate portrait of her relationship with her 98-year-old mother. Ester's inspiring stories, told lovingly by her daughter, will give you a window into the harrowing struggle of Armenians during a terrible period in human history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780825305122
Publisher:
Beaufort Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/24/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
744,891
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents


Prologue     xiii
A Paper Crown     1
Early Memories     13
The Bride has No Underwear On     31
Growing Up in Amasia     36
The Day My Father Died     59
Signs of Unrest     67
The Eternal Flame     80
The Knock at the Door     87
The Evil Eye     102
Boud-a-Getchere     109
Rockaway Beach     123
Life with Shamil     131
Eagle on a Perch     149
The Escape     157
Dinner with a Turk     178
Journey to America     186
Epilogue     198

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