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Fresno State - Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191)
5245 N Backer Ave, Fresno, California 93740
«Forced into Genocide: Memoirs of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Turkish Army» — A book reading by Adrienne G. Alexanian, Editor
Forced into Genocide is the riveting memoir of Yervant Edward Alexanian, an eye-witness to the massacre and dilocation of his family and countrymen in Ottoman Turkey during World War I. Incredibly, Alexanian experienced the Armenian Genocide as a conscript in the Turkish army. His memoir is a one-of-a-kind «insider's account,» documening the Genocide's astonishing cruelty — but also its rare, unexpected acts of humanity. No comparable account exists in the literature of the Armenian Genocide. This edition, translated from Alexanian's hand-written chronicle, includes rare documents and photos that the author preserved, translator's note, and other supportive matter.
Forced into Genocide will be available for purchase and signing at the book reading.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR and EDITOR
Born in Sivas, Turkey, Yervant Alexanian survived the Hamidian massacres as an infant to later fight for survival as a conscript in the Ottoman Turkish Army during the Armenian Genocide of 1915. He fled to America in 1920, where he spent his life advocating justice for his people.
Adrienne G. Alexanian, Yervant's daughter, has spent years preparing her father's manuscript for publication. She is an educator and a 2010 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
LOCATION and TIME
Please note this event begins at 7:30pm and takes place at the University Business Center, Room 191, Alice Peters Auditorium, 5245 N. Backer Avenue, Fresno State University.
AGBU Greater Fresno Area
Armenian Studies Program, Fresno State
Fresno State University College of Arts and Humanities
Department of Media Communications and Journalism
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research — NAASR