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Four Years in the Mountains of Kurdistan: An Armenian Boy's Memoir of Survival

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Originally published in Armenian in 1972.

Armenian Aram Haigaz was only 15 when he lost his father, brothers, many relatives and neighbors, all killed or dead of starvation when enemy soldiers surrounded their village. He and his mother were put into a forced march and deportation of Armenians into the Turkish desert, part of the systematic destruction of the largely Christ
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Hardcover, 349 pages
Published January 21st 2015 by Maiden Lane Press (first published 1972)
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Louise
Jun 01, 2016 Louise rated it really liked it
Shelves: turkey, armenia

This narrative of a survivor of the Armenian genocide gives a close up portrait of life in rural areas under the control of the Ottoman Empire.

After their town was razed and survivors put on an endless march, the author’s mother told him to do whatever he needed to survive. He may have to renounce his Christian faith and be a (temporary) Muslim, but he should do whatever.

At age 15, Aram became a servant to a reasonably kind bey. He serves this family under two patriarchs. He learns about shepher
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Natalie
Sep 13, 2015 Natalie rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. An amazing memoir of an Armenian boy who survived the Armenian genocide.
Leroy Erickson
This book is based on the true story of a young boy who is able to survive the Armenian genocide by volunteering to become a servant of a Turkish family. In doing this, he is abandoning his mother and sisters who continue in the death march to the Syrian desert, but his mother insists that he do it so that he, at least, will be saved. He then spends four years living with that family as they move to multiple locations in the Kurdish mountains. The author provides views of how the Turks, ...more
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Apr 24, 2015 Miriam Downey rated it really liked it
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This year is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, when the Turks of the Ottoman Empire forcibly removed Armenian Christians from their villages. In all 1.5 million Armenians were killed.

Yesterday, for the first time, a German president acknowledged Germany's role in the 1915 genocide. Turkey, on the other hand protests any government that calls the killing a genocide. They say that Armenians died during fighting in a
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