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Book details
  • SubGenre:Historical
  • Language:English
  • Pages:58
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543930184


by John Toukatly


An inspiring story of a mother's faith and strength to survive and save herself and her children from the Armenian Genocide. In the summer of 1915 Monsoura's husband is killed, but she escapes imminent death, flees from the town of Mardin, persists in relocating a kidnapped child and with the help of extended family over a seven year period, is finally able to sail from Beirut to the the safety of her family and faith community in Utica, New York.

In April 2017, shortly after the passing of my father's cousin Fred Farewege, the last of his immediate family, his niece Danyse Fusco arrived at my mother's home with an armful of family artifacts from the Farewege family Bible to assorted hand-written family genealogies reaching back into the mid-1800's. What emerged from all this documentation assembled over decades was the inspiring story of Monsoura Thomas, Danyse's great-grandmother and her heroic flight in the summer of 1915 with her four children from certain death in Mardin, a town in the Armenian region of the Ottoman Empire. Her persistence in surviving the Armenian Genocide and Diaspora leads to her arrival in Utica, New York in 1922 among family and within the community of St. Basil's Melkite Church. But this biography is also the story of the support from her extended family in times of need and of her unrelenting Catholic faith.
About the author
John "Jack" Toukatly. Born in Utica, NY in 1950. Jack is married to Kathleen Toukatly with 4 beautiful children (Kelly, Mara, John, Matthew) and resides in the Philadelphia suburbs. For the last decade, Jack has been researching the family heritage. With the collaboration and help of his growing Armenian family and friends network, he continues to detail and memorialize the significant journeys of preceding generations.
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