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

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  • Title: Four Years in the Mountains of Kurdistan: An Armenian Boy’s Memoir of Survival
  • Author: Aram Haigaz Iris Haigaz Chekenian
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  • Page: 157
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Four Years in the Mountains of Kurdistan: An Armenian Boy’s Memoir of Survival

    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 Christian Armenian population in 1915 by the OtArmenian 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 Christian Armenian population in 1915 by the Ottoman Empire His mother urged Aram to convert to Islam in order to survive, and on the fourth day of the march, a Turk agreed to take this young convert into his household Aram spent four long years living as a slave, servant and shepherd among Kurdish tribes, slowly gaining his captors trust He grew from a boy to a man in these years and his narrative offers readers a remarkable coming of age story as well as a valuable eyewitness to history Haigaz was able to escape to the United States in 1921.

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    1. Louise

      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 sheph [...]

    2. Alesa

      This is the fascinating memoir of an Armenian teenager who survived the genocide in Turkey in 1915. He was given as a slave to a Turkish official by his mother, to save his life. He describes life in the official's house, his relations with women in the harem, and life in general during the period.You might expect rage, bitterness or horror, given the topic. However, Haigaz gives us an insightful and compassionate insider's view into living conditions in the mountains of Kurdish Turkey during an [...]

    3. Frank Deschain

      In this book, Aram Haigaz tells his tale of survival during the Armenian genocides perpetuated by the Ottoman Turks. He survives by pretending to convert to Islam. His name is changed to Muselim and for four years he is a servant to Muslim captives. They essentially treat him as less than human, even after "converting." He eventually escapes when the Allied Forces win and he meets up with some Armenian relatives. I was looking to learn more about the genocides. It explains a little, but I'm stil [...]

    4. Miriam Downey

      Read my full review here: mimi-cyberlibrarian.c 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 civil war in which [...]

    5. 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, Armenian [...]

    6. Andrea

      A fascinating, well-written memoir of an Armenian boy who escaped a death march during the Armenian genocide and became a favored slave in a powerful Kurdish family in the highlands of rural Anatolia.

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