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Season 2007 Episode 0630

Armenian Genocide: A Personal Story

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Armenian Genocide: A Personal Story
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Margaret Ahnert discusses The Knock at the Door: A Journey Through the Darkness of the Armenian Genocide.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. More than one million Armenians lost their lives in what came to be known as the first horrendous genocide of the twentieth century.Margaret Ajemian Ahnert provides a skillful retelling of her mother's traumatic battle to survive as a young girl coming of age in this period of brutality and hatred. At 15, Ahnert's mother was separated from her foster family during a forced march away from her birth town of Amasia, narrowly avoided kidnapping, faced unspeakable horrors at the hands of soldiers, and was forcibly married to an abusive Turkish wagon driver. From her room in an Armenian old age home in Queens, NY and with Margaret as her scribe, Ester recounts in vivid detail the years-long journey from her once-happy life in Amasia to the shores of America. In retelling her 98-year-old mother's story - the good times and the bad - Ahnert also plumbs the depths of their own relationship - Cody's Booksmoreless

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