Mardiganian Aurora, Gates Henry Louis. -Ravished Armenia. The Story of Aurora Mardiganian_ The Christian Girl Who Lived Through the Great Massacres
What the girl replied was so well remembered by the Turks who heard her that they told of it afterward ward among themselves until it was known through all the district. She looked quietly into the face of the Turkish officer and said:
“My father is not dead. My mother is not dead. My brother and sisters, and my uncle and aunt and grandfather are not dead. It may be true you have killed them, but they live in Heaven. I shall live with them. I would not be worthy of them if I proved untrue to their God and mine. Nor could I live in Heaven with them if I should marry a man I do not love. God would not like that. Do with me what you wish.”
AN EMBLEMATIC account of the Armenian genocide, the international bestseller Ravished Armenia tells the incredible story of the 14-year-old Armenian girl Aurora Mardiganian in the chaos that gripped the Ottoman Empire in 1915.
At the price of four heroic escapes, Aurora managed to escape the columns of death: once by throwing herself off a cliff in the Euphrates, another by stabbing a soldier who attacked here…
In a war empire wreaked with chaos, where women were the target of all the abuses, the young Aurora managed to survive nearly two years. Then, commissioned by General Andranik, she joined New York to send relief and raise funds. Aurora has been nicknamed the St. Joane of Armenia.
Aurora Mardiganian is both "the innocence of Anne Frank and the realism of Primo Levi", carried by a significant force out of the ordinary. Aurora Mardiganian is one of the great witnesses of the history of humanity and Ravished Armenia belongs to the global collective unconscious.
In 2015, the Republic of Armenia chose to make Aurora the face of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity.
All profits from the sale of the book are donated to actions in benefit of Armenia and its diaspora