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FAU Lecture Addresses Armenian Genocide

            BOCA RATON, FL (December 11, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University will present author Margaret Ahnert with the lecture “The Knock at the Door: A Journey Through the Darkness of the Armenian Genocide,” on Wednesday, January 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Levine-Weinberger Jewish Life Center on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The lecture is free and open to the public.  

Ahnert’s book , The Knock at the Door, is a story about the Turkish-sponsored Armenian genocide as told through the eyes of Ahnert’s mother, Ester.  Ester, who was born in Armenia, was forced by the Turks to leave her home at the age of 15. She was then marched through the desert and later forced into an abusive marriage. Eventually, Ester escaped and made her way to America.

Ahnert was born in New York City.   She received an MFA from Goucher College and a BA from Goddard College, and is a graduate of the Barnes Foundation.   Anhert currently lives and writes in New York City and Ft. Lauderdale.

The lecture is presented by FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, and Alan L. Berger, Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Holocaust Studies and director of the Center for the Study of Values and Violence after Auschwitz.  No reservations are required for the lecture. Attendees should stop at the information booth on Glades Road for a one-day parking pass and directions. For further information, call 561-297-2979.

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