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by Mae M. Derdarian

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ISBN: 1888156023
Author: Mae M. Derdarian
Language: English
Publisher: Atmus Press Publications (1997)
Pages: 286
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 502
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It is a moving portrayal of life and death, with no punches pulled. Usually it is difficult to engage students in a thoughtful, critical discussion of a trade book in a college course. This book was clearly the exception to the rule. There are many people on these boards who decry any story of the Armenian Genocide, calling it "fake" or "a piece of Armenian propaganda" and publishing the same canned responses over and over. I am not Armenian by birth or by blood.

The history of the Armenian Genocide has largely been lost. How has your life - or the life of your - been effected by the Armenian Genocide? Armenian Genocide Museum of America.

In Vergeen: A Survivor of the Armenian Genocide (1996), Mae Derdarian confronts Turkish revisionist denial of the genocide. Peter Balakian’s award-winning and highly influential Black Dog of Fate (1998) outlines a complex existential journey that commences in the comfortable suburbs of America, but gradually reveals a past history of increasing layers of violence and suffering of the Ottoman Armenian extended family. It resembles the descent into.

Vergeen: A Survivor of the Armenian Genocide is one of those stories. Just as the Diary of Ann Frank recalls the audacity of Hitler's campaign to annihilate Jews, Vergeen resurrects the Turks' senseless slaughter of its Armenian population. Genocide is the plague of the 20th century.

Vergeen: A Survivor of the Armenian Genocide, written by Mae M. Derdarian, is an. .The Armenian Genocide took place between the years 1915 and 1917. Derdarian, is an autobiography about a young girl, Vergeen Keshishian, and her hardships throughout the Armenian Genocide. During these years of immense horror, nearly . million Armenians were gruesomely killed. Few people are aware of the details of the Armenian Genocide, however many people are aware of Hitlers genocide that occurred just a generation later.

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CHAPTER 3: BLOOD FLOWS 1. For a complete recounting of the start of World War I with emphasis on Ottoman Empire participation, see David Fromkin, A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East (New York: Henry Holt and C. 2001). 2. Grigoris Balakian, Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915–1918, trans.

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О себе: I am a descendant

О себе: I am a descendant. My grandfather was 4 years old when the sad and tragic event of 1915 happened to the Armenians.

This is the gripping true story of a girl's indomitable will to survive the genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government against its Armenian subjects during World War I. Through a first-hand account of Vergeen's recollections, the brutalities endured by two million Armenians come to life and are mirrored a generation later by Hitler's attack on Jews.

Comments:

Joni_Dep
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It is always interesting to read how people can endure and survive the unthinkable. This is truly one of those stories. My uncle recommended to to me because he had heard that it was much like my grandmother's ordeal & that they were deported from the same area....however once I began reading Vergeen - other than being from the same area there are many differences in their stories. My grandmother did tell us about the many pregnant women whose bellies were slit open & how they would spear the babies... and about walking over dead bodies...starving and more but she also had different experiences. The only thing that made me feel bad about this book is that Vergeen never forgave God whereas my grandmother had increased her faith in God for the many miraculous things that happened along the way to her survival. So I like my grandmothers story better........

It touched my heart to see how Vergeen's husband handled the entire situation....what a wonderful soul. It also broke my heart to read about the tent of babies........
Zovaithug
Both my wife and I use Mae Derdarian's book in our college courses, she in her course on Women's Studies, and myself in a course on the Genocide. I am a published author and have published analyses of the genocide in professional academic journals. My wife and I are in personal contact with Derdarian and only can praise the book and its impact on our students.

Derdarian tells the story of her mother's friend, Vergeen, who survived rape, starvation, and mutilation at the hands of the Young Turk regime in the last years of the Ottoman Empire. Vergeen entrusted Derdarian with her autobiography, which Derdarian edited into this book. It is a moving portrayal of life and death, with no punches pulled.

Usually it is difficult to engage students in a thoughtful, critical discussion of a trade book in a college course. This book was clearly the exception to the rule. Students who were normally reticient in class spoke openly about the examples of torture and murder that are entwined in Vergeen's life. One student was so moved that he started his own correspondence with Derdarian. All of the students in our classes have told us, "Once I picked the book up, I could not put it down," and "This book is a testament to the human spirit." It is that powerfully written.

There are many people on these boards who decry any story of the Armenian Genocide, calling it "fake" or "a piece of Armenian propaganda" and publishing the same canned responses over and over. I am not Armenian by birth or by blood. I am trained in history and historical research as well as in communication and persuasion. I have done my own research into the genocide. And I can assert from an outsider's perspective that this book accurately tells the tale. It is not easy to read what happened. But by no means should you let apologists for the Republic of Turkey scare you away from making the best purchase of your life in buying this book for your own collection.

Read it. Be horrified by it. Tell friends and neighbors about it, as my students did. And never, never forget the lessons it teaches.
Samutilar
The book takes you through a painful journey of a Genocide survivor. What kept me reading on and staying positive while reading this book was the fact that Vergeen had lived to tell her story. Throughout the reading, I cried with her and felt her pain through every page of the book. The book also teaches one more about history of the world and what was going on in the Middle East in early 1900's. The Armenians were not the only ones subject to the harsh treatment from the Turks. Syria and Lebanon were also under the Ottoman Empire and those countries' citizens were also subject to mistreatment from Turks, just not as awful as what the Armenians experienced.
My hat is off to Mae Derderian for her desire and will to write this book and let the world know about one more survivor's account of what is the 1st horrific act of the 20th century.
JoJosho
This book was a quick read with a lasting impression. This is one womans account of her struggle to get through the times of 'the March' as I hear other people call it. This story has given me a deeper understanding of the Armenian culture and a new respect for it as well.

This book has also made me want to be more involved with what is going on Somalia. It's not right. It's so sad to me to know there are girls like Vergeen that may be experiencing this right now.

For the posts that say this is a made up story or call the genocide a myth, all the posts are so defensive & mad. The tone to those posts makes them not credible to me. Not to mention, why would anyone make up stories about genocide?
Fordg
Very interesting, well written account.
Modigas
While this story is a very difficult one (emotionally) to read, to say it is captivating is an understatement. Too few people have even heard of the Armenian genocide, much less heard a firsthand account.
Kelerius
The book arrived as I expected used, but it is like new. Thanks I just started to read and I suggest to anyone to read this book about the true life of an Armenian girl who survived the Armenian Genocide with the hand of the Turks.
I love stories about courage. Vergeen is inspiring, a book that will make you wonder how a young girl can endure the unspeakable horrors of the Armenian genocide and survive. Author Mae Derdarian knw Virginia Meghrouni (Vergeen) and made it her personal mission to write and publish this gripping memoir. Several book clubs in Michigan have chosen this as a selection, and the response is always the same: "I didn't know about this chapter of history." Vergeen was the daughter of a prosperous family in Turkey. No one anticipated that the Turks would adopt a policy of annihilation and exile for their Armenian population. Vergeen and her mother are sent on a death march which leads them to Syria and more persecution. Vergeen becomes the slave of a Beduoin; her life seems hopeless. This remarkable memoir belongs on your bookshelf next to The Diary of Ann Frank and Nien Cheng's Life and Death in Shanghai.

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