The Forgotten True Story of an American Rescue

In September 1922, the richest city of the Mediterranean was burned, and countless numbers of Christian refugees killed. The city was Smyrna, and the event was the final episode of the 20th Century’s first genocide — the slaughter of three million Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians of the Ottoman Empire.

The slaughter at Smyrna occurred as warships of the great powers stood by — the United States, Great Britain, France and Italy. The deaths of hundreds of thousands seemed inevitable until an American minister staged a bold rescue with the help of a courageous U.S.naval officer. Now, the forgotten story of one of the great humanitarian acts of history gets told.

the great fire

In 1922, the richest city of the Ottoman Empire was set ablaze. Hundreds of thousands of refugees begged to be rescued. Their prayers were answered by a small-town minister confronting the first genocide of the 20th century. His tools were a bribe, a threat and an unshakeable faith in God. As it turned out, God got some help — from the United States Navy. Author Lou Ureneck tells the exciting story in The Great Fire.

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