The great fire : one American's mission to rescue victims of the 20th century's first genocide /Material type: BookPublisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, Edition: First edition.Description: xvi, 488 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780062259882; 0062259881.Subject(s): Jennings, Asa Kent, 1877-1933 | Greco-Turkish War, 1921-1922 -- Refugees -- Turkey -- İzmir | İzmir (Turkey) -- History -- 20th century | Greeks -- Turkey -- History -- 20th century | Armenians -- Turkey -- History -- 20th century | Massacres -- Turkey -- İzmir
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
The harrowing story of a Methodist Minister and a principled American naval officer who helped rescue more than 250,000 refugees during the genocide of Armenian and Greek Christians--a tale of bravery, morality, and politics, published to coincide with the genocide's centennial.
The year was 1922: World War I had just come to a close, the Ottoman Empire was in decline, and Asa Jennings, a YMCA worker from upstate New York, had just arrived in the quiet coastal city of Smyrna to teach sports to boys. Several hundred miles to the east in Turkey's interior, tensions between Greeks and Turks had boiled over into deadly violence. Mustapha Kemal, now known as Ataturk, and his Muslim army soon advanced into Smyrna, a Christian city, where a half a million terrified Greek and Armenian refugees had fled in a desperate attempt to escape his troops. Turkish soldiers proceeded to burn the city and rape and kill countless Christian refugees. Unwilling to leave with the other American civilians and determined to get Armenians and Greeks out of the doomed city, Jennings worked tirelessly to feed and transport the thousands of people gathered at the city's Quay.
With the help of the brilliant naval officer and Kentucky gentleman Halsey Powell, and a handful of others, Jennings commandeered a fleet of unoccupied Greek ships and was able to evacuate a quarter million innocent people--an amazing humanitarian act that has been lost to history, until now. Before the horrible events in Turkey were complete, Jennings had helped rescue a million people.
By turns harrowing and inspiring, The Great Fire uses eyewitness accounts, documents, and survivor narratives to bring this episode--extraordinary for its brutality as well as its heroism--to life.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 451-466) and index.
End of an empire -- An innocent arrives -- The Great Offensive -- George Horton, poet-consul -- Garabed Hatcherian -- Admiral Bristol, American potentate -- Washington responds -- Jennings's suggestion -- Theodora -- An American destroyer arrives -- The view from Nif -- Back in Constantinople -- Captain Hepburn's dilemma -- Garabed Hatcherian -- Noureddin Pasha -- fire breaks out -- "All boats over" -- Morning after -- Garabed Hatcherian -- Oil, war, and the protection of minorities -- Bristol's resistance -- Halsey Powell -- Theodora -- Days of despair -- "We are celebrating Smyrna" -- Jennings and the Hand of God -- Garabed Hatcherian -- Washington feels pressure -- Jennings negotiates with a Prime Minister -- The evacuation begins -- The Rhodes letter resurfaces -- Revolution -- British assistance -- After Smyrna.
Relates the true story of Asa Jennings, a YMCA minister from upstate New York who arrived in Smyrna (now Izmir) in 1922 to teach sports to boys, but instead found himself working tirelessly to help rescue more than 250,000 refugees during the genocide of Armenian and Greek Christians.
Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- Cast of Characters (p. xiii)
- Note on the Text (p. xv)
- Maps (p. xvii)
- Prologue (p. 1)
- Part 1
- Chapter 1 End of an Empire (p. 9)
- Chapter 2 An Innocent Arrives (p. 18)
- Chapter 3 The Great Offensive (p. 29)
- Chapter 4 George Horton, Poet-Consul (p. 36)
- Chapter 5 Garabed Hatcherian (p. 45)
- Chapter 6 Admiral Bristol, American Potentate (p. 48)
- Chapter 7 Washington Responds (p. 60)
- Chapter 8 Jennings's Suggestion (p. 70)
- Chapter 9 Theodora (p. 92)
- Chapter 10 An American Destroyer Arrives (p. 95)
- Chapter 11 The View from Nif (p. 122)
- Chapter 12 Back in Constantinople (p. 128)
- Chapter 13 Captain Hepburn's Dilemma (p. 136)
- Chapter 14 Garabed Hatcherian (p. 168)
- Chapter 15 Nourcddin Pasha (p. 171)
- Part 2
- Chapter 16 Fire Breaks Out (p. 191)
- Chapter 17 "All Boats Over" (p. 216)
- Chapter 18 Morning After (p. 229)
- Chapter 19 Garabed Hatcherian (p. 237)
- Chapter 20 Oil, War, and the Protection of Minorities (p. 241)
- Chapter 21 Bristol's Resistance (p. 248)
- Part 3
- Chapter 22 Halsey Powell (p. 259)
- Chapter 23 Theodora (p. 286)
- Chapter 24 Days of Despair (p. 290)
- Chapter 25 "We Are Celebrating Smyrna" (p. 299)
- Chapter 26 Jennings and the Hand of God (p. 307)
- Chapter 27 Garabed Hatcherian (p. 319)
- Chapter 28 Washington Feels Pressure (p. 325)
- Chapter 29 Jennings Negotiates with a Prime Minister (p. 338)
- Chapter 30 The Evacuation Begins (p. 348)
- Chapter 31 The Rhodes Letter Resurfaces (p. 369)
- Chapter 32 Revolution (p. 375)
- Chapter 33 British Assistance (p. 378)
- Chapter 34 After Smyrna (p. 383)
- Afterword (p. 391)
- Acknowledgments (p. 395)
- Notes (p. 399)
- Selected Bibliography (p. 449)
- Index (p. 465)