"Not Even My Name" is the unforgettable story of Sano
Halo'ssurvival of the death march at age 10 that annihilated her
family -- astold to her daughter, Thea -- and the poignant
mother-daughterpilgrimage to Turkey in search of Sano's home
seventy years after herexile. Sano, a Pontic Greek from a small
village near the Black Sea, also recounts the end of her ancient,
pastoral way of life in the PonticMountains.
The dreadful realization that something was amiss came little by
littleto Sano's village. Strangers began to inhabit the fields and
forests, always watching from a distance like birds of prey.
Turkish soldiersmade periodic raids to seize men for slave labor in
foul, lice-infestedcamps, where most died of disease, malnutrition,
and exposure. Then inthe spring of 1920, Turkish soldiers pounded
on doors with the butts oftheir rifles and shouted the proclamation
issued by General Kemal(Ataturk): "You are to leave this place. You
are to take with you onlywhat you can carry..." On their death
march, victims lay where they felland buzzards hung over their
heads. So ended the three-thousand-yearhistory of the Pontic Greeks
Stripped of everything she had ever held dear, even her name, at
agefifteen Sano was sold into marriage to a man who brought her to
America.He was three times her age. "Not Even My Name" follows
Sano'smarriage, the raising of her ten children, and her
transformation froman innocent girl who lived an ancient way of
life in a remote place to anurturing mother and determined woman in
twentieth-century New YorkCity.
Although Turkey actively suppresses the truth about the
slaughter ofalmost 3 million of its Christian minorities -- Greek,
Armenian,andAssyrian -- during and after World War I, and the exile
of millions ofothers, here is a rare, first-hand account of the
horrors of thatgenocide. But Sano's story is also one of triumph. A
brilliant andmesmerizing memoir written in haunting and eloquen
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