With a foreword by James Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University
A bribe, a lie, and an empty threat these were the tools Reverend Asa K. Jennings, a minister from upstate New York, used to rescue hundreds of thousands of helpless refugees following the 1922 burning and rape of Smyrna, the richest city of the Ottoman Empire, by the Turkish troops of Mustapha Kemal, known today as Ataturk.
Smyrna, September 1922 tells the harrowing and inspiring story of Jennings and a strong-willed naval officer, Lt. Commander Halsey Powell, who together orchestrated one of the century s greatest humanitarian missions. Drawing extensively from survivors stories, fresh primary sources, and years of research, Lou Ureneck paints an unforgettable portrait of the fire at Smyrna the symbolic end of five hundred years of Ottoman rule and the final act in a ten-year religious slaughter. His gripping narrative reveals forces that would define the rest of the century: virulent nationalism, trading oil for national principles, and conflict and misunderstanding between the Christian West and Moslem East.
Previously published as The Great Fire"e;