Ajemian Ahnert to Speak at St. James

WATERTOWN, Mass.—On Mon., March 4, Margaret Ajemian Ahnert, an award-winning author, businesswoman, T.V. producer, and philanthropist, will speak at the St. James Armenian Church Men’s Club dinner meeting about her book The Knock at the Door, a journey through the darkness of the Armenian Genocide.

The Knock at the Door is an inspired beautifully written chronicle of one of the worst eras in human history,” writes Robert Morgenthau, a former district attorney for New York, and the grandson of Henry Morgenthau, Sr., the U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during World War I. “Had such books been written long ago, another holocaust, which followed 25 years later, might never have happened.”

Hugh L. Carey, a former governor of New York, writes, “In The Knock at the Door, Ester’s daughter has captured the haunting details of her mother’s compelling story. The author invites us into her family circle, offering a fascinating glimpse of the Armenian culture and its painful history. Through the work of the author, we come to know Ester’s wit, wisdom, and charm as they come to life on each page of this unforgettable story.

The Knock at the Door has been translated into eight different languages and was named “Best Historical Memoir of 2008” at the New York Book Festival, and one of the “Best Books of 2007” by USA Book News.

Ajemian Ahnert was born in New York City and has a bachelor’s degree from Goddard College, Vermont, a master’s of fine arts and literature from Goucher College, Baltimore, and is a graduate of the Barnes Foundation of Fine Arts, in Merion, Pa. She has lectured as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and taught art appreciation in elementary schools.

She has received numerous humanitarian awards, including the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor,” and in 2010 established the Margaret Ajemian Ahnert scholarship program, which supports female journalists in Armenia. She also holds a 100-ton master captain’s license and is an avid hunter and fisherwoman.

The social hour begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by a complete vosbov kheyma and imam bayeldi dinner at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 per person. The dinner meeting is held at the St. James Armenian Church, Charles Mosesian Cultural and Youth Center, Keljik Hall, 465 Mt. Auburn St. in Watertown. It is open to the public.

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