by David Kherdian
A True Story of Courage, Survival and Hope
A Newbery Honor Book
David Kherdian re-creates his mother's voice in telling the true story of a childhood interrupted by
one of the most devastating holocausts of our century. Veron Dumehjian Kherdian was born into a loving and prosperous family. Then in the year 1915,
the Turkish government began the systematic destruction of its Armenian population.
It has been said that those who will not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Consider this excerpt:
September 16, 1916 - To the government of Aleppo.
It was at first communicated to you that the government, by order of the Jemiet, had decided to destroy completely all the Armenians living in Turkey. . . . . . . An end must be put to their existence, however criminal the measures taken may be, and no regard must be paid to either age or sex nor to concientious scruples.
Minister of the Interior, TALAAT PASHA
August 22, 1939 - I have given orders to my Death Units to exterminate without mercy or pity men,
women, and children belonging to the Polish-speaking race. It is only in this manner that we can acquire the vital territory which we need. After all, who remembers today the extermination of the Armenians?
Age 13 and up