Even by WWII, the world had forgotten what happened to these people. Adolf Hitler supported his argument that the world would forget the extermination of a people by stating: "Who does now remember the Armenians?" Isn't that remark frightening?
Ravished Armenia is a first hand account of a young girl who lost all her family members in the genocide. The horrors she went through are so difficult to read about ... the inhumanity of the Moslem Kurds and Turks is utterly incomprehensible. But through it all, Aurora remains steadfast in her faith.
"I could not bring myself to deny Christ, after having remained faithful to Him for so long. I asked Him what I should do and His answer came, just as clear and direct as when I was about to use my knife outside the rocks of Diyarbekir. I seemed to see Father Rhoupen, the priest, and I even felt his hand on my shoulder again, just as when he said to me, 'Always trust in God and remain faithful unto Him.' I told the kalfa I could not forswear Jesus Christ."
This book shows us that history does repeat itself. The same thing is happening right now to Christians in the Middle East, and we must remember them. We must pray for them to remain safe and steadfast. Also, this book makes me want to learn more about Armenians, to remember them, and enlighten others on what happened.
As the Statue of Liberty was pointed out to me as we entered the harbor, I rejoiced not merely because I, myself, was safe at last, but because I had at last reached the country where I was to deliver the message that would bring help to my suffering people. Here I found good friend — kindly Americans who have made me as happy as ever I can be. And, best of all, they are not being kind merely to one unfortunate girl—they are sending help to those I left behind—to those who are still alive and lost in the sandy deserts. They have made it possible for me to tell in this, my book, what General Andranik said to me: "America is trusting to her friends — the people of the United States."
This book is definitely not for younger readers. Because of the content, I'd recommend it for young adults and adults. I read this on Kindle and the formatting was wacky and difficult to follow at times. Otherwise I would have given this 5 stars.
I'm curious ... have any of you heard or learned about the Armenian genocide?