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
foster family during a forced march away from
her birth town of Amasia. Though she faced
unspeakable horrors at the hands of many she met
on the road, 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 made her way
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.