Forced into Genocide: Memoirs of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Turkish Army

Forced into Genocide: Memoirs of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Turkish Army


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412865524
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 03/03/2017
Series: Genocide Studies Series
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Adrienne G. Alexanian is a 2010 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal, an educator, and the daughter of Yervant Alexanian. Sergio La Porta is Haig and Isabel Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies at California State University, Fresno. Israel W. Charny is executive director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem and past editor of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Genocide.

Table of Contents

Foreword Israel W. Charny

Introduction Sergio La Porta

Translator’s Preface Simon Beugekian

Memoirs of Yervant (Edward) Alexanian

Chapter 1: Childhood Early Life

Chapter 2: School Years

Chapter 3: Life in Sivas before Deportations

Chapter 4: Deportations and Genocide

Chapter 5: Life in the Army

Chapter 6: Istanbul

Chapter 7: America


Final Thoughts (1953)

Appendix A: Reflections of Yervant Alexanian

Appendix B: Letters of Yervant Alexanian

Appendix C: Documents of Yervant Alexanian (Facsimile with English Transcript/Translation)

Timeline of Yervant N. Alexanian

Select Bibliography and Further Reading

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An astounding, perceptive observation of the vagueries of human nature during time of catastrophic stress and upheaval - the Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the 20th century - told in extraordinary detail, but without rancor, by a young Armenian boy with a photographic memory who was conscripted into the Otoman Army at the age of 19. Yervant Alexanian describes in detail the life of his family and minority Armenians from 1895 through the 1915 Genocide in the city of Sivas, Turkey, including the deportations, his 3 1/2 years of service in the Ottoman Army - during which time he learns of the murder of 51 members of his family on the Death March, and his survival, due to his unique abilities, and eventual migration to the United States. Throughout this memoir, Yervant's photographic memory enables him to paint a vivid, detailed picture for the reader, providing the names of his classmates, teachers (and what subject each taught), relatives, shop owners that employed him and what each shop sold, government officials, fellow conscripts and officers. The book is replete with rare documents translated into English and photographs of the period and places mentioned and provides a birds eye first hand account of life in Sivas from 1895 - 1920. I was unable to put the book down and salute both the author and his daughter for this ground-breaking, one of a kind, information presented in such a riveting manner. Wanting more, I tried to find another book on this aspect of the Armenian Genocide, but was unable to, so I cherish Forced into Genocide all the more and will reread it. Karen Richardson