July 27, 2015

On The Monster’s Back: Heroism, Love, and Survival

by Stanley A. Weiss

On the Monster’s Back remembers how one Armenian survived genocide by Robert D. Lamson (CreateSpace, 328 pages) 

LONDON-The story has been told so often it is surprising that more people aren’t familiar with it, or that it doesn’t weigh more heavily upon us. Reputedly, when Hitler decided to go forward with the Holocaust, he was warned that history would not forget or forgive him. His response? “Who remembers the Armenians?”-

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide, regarded by the heirs of its victims to be the first attempt by a modern government to wipe out an entire racial, religious, or cultural group. In On The Monster’s Back: Heroism, Love and Survival, Robert D. Lamson reminds readers of the forced removal during World War I that took the lives of upwards of one million Armenians (Greek and Assyrian populations, also targeted, suffered in similar magnitudes) in what was first the Ottoman Empire and then Turkey. He tells the story of how one young man survived.

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