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

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Beaufort Books, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 209 pages
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In this riveting book, first-time author Margaret Ajemian Ahnert relates her mothers terrifying experiences as a young woman during the oft-overlooked Armenian genocide in Turkey at the beginning of the twentieth century. At age 15, Ahnerts mother was separated from her foster family during a forced march away from her birth town of Amasia. She narrowly avoided kidnapping, faced unspeakable horrors at the hands of soldiers, and was forcibly married to an abusive Turkish wagon-driver. Throughout her ordeal, she had faith and reminded herself that this, too, will pass, a mantra which enabled her to survive these nightmarish experiences. Eventually, she escaped captivity and was able to make her way to America. In this riveting book, first-time author Margaret Ajemian Ahnert relates her mothers terrifying experiences as a young woman during the oft-overlooked Armenian genocide in Turkey at the beginning of the twentieth century. At age 15, Ahnerts mother was separated from her foster family during a forced march away from her birth town of Amasia. She narrowly avoided kidnapping, faced unspeakable horrors at the hands of soldiers, and was forcibly married to an abusive Turkish wagon-driver. Throughout her ordeal, she had faith and reminded herself that this, too, will pass, a mantra which enabled her to survive these nightmarish experiences. Eventually, she escaped captivity and was able to make her way to America.

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The author chronicles discussions with her mother, a survivor of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Her mother recounts her childhood in Turkey before and during, and after the massacres of 1915. All the ... Read full review

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Read this, if you are at all intrigued by history, but the struggles people face and how they over come them. If you want to feel a passion about gross injustices in this world, and to learn about ... Read full review

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Margaret Ahnert was born in New York City in 1938. Growing up, she loved to hear her mother's stories about her own childhood during the Armenian genocide in Turkey. She has a BA from Goddard College, and an MA from Goucher College. She has pursued a variety of careers: producing television documentaries, co-owning a hotel in Pennsylvania, acting as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and teaching art appreciation in high schools and elementary schools.

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