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MARGARET AJEMIAN AHNERT was born in New York City. She has a Master of Fine Arts and Literature from Goucher College, Baltimore and a BA from Goddard College, Vermont and is a graduate of the Barnes Foundation of Fine Arts, Merion, Pennsylvania. She has lectured as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and taught art appreciation through the Art Goes to School program in elementary schools. Ahnert holds a 100-ton master captain's license and is an avid hunter and fisherwoman.
As a businesswoman running her own business, Margaret produced T.V. documentaries in New York City. In the development of these projects Margaret traveled the world. As co-owner of the Fernwood Resort and Hotel, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, Margaret attended all board meetings and was instrumental in the daily decision making under the umbrella of a major resort with coast-to-coast sites.

AWARDS FOR HER BOOK "THE KNOCK AT THE DOOR":
USA BOOK NEWS "BEST BOOK OF 2007"
NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL "BEST HISTORICAL MEMOIR 2008"
ELLIS ISLAND MEDAL OF HONOR May 7, 2011
THE HONORABLE "MUSA DAGH BATTLE" MEDAL AUGUST 2008
MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PEN WOMEN

       Praise for THE KNOCK AT THE DOOR:

 "A frank and searing testimony."
                 —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Cover of The Knock At The Door by Margaret Ajemian Ahnert

"The Knock at the Door is an inspired, beautifully written chronicle of one of the worst eras in human history. Had such books been written long ago, another Holocaust, which followed twenty-five years later, might never have happened"

   —ROBERT MORGENTHAU, DISTRICT ATTORNEY FOR NEW YORK COUNTY, GRANDSON OF HENRY MORGENTHAU, SR., UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE DURING WORLD WAR I

"InThe 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."
               — GOVERNOR HUGH L. CAREY

May 6, 2009   THE LITTLE FLOWER CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES OF NEW YORK CITY awarded Margaret Ajemian Ahnert their " Distinguished Humanitarian Award" for her continued support of this charity.

JULY 2010   THE MARGARET AJEMIAN AHNERT FOUNDATION IN MEMEORY OF HER MOTHER ESTER AJEMIAN FUNDED FULL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FIVE JOURNALISM STUDENTS IN YEREVAN, ARMENIA. STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN EXCELLENT GRADES AND MUST AGREE TO WORK IN ARMENIA FOR THE SAME NUMBER OF YEARS THAT THEY ARE SUPPORTED BY THE SCHOLARSHIP.

JANUARY 2002    MARGARET AHNERT ESTABLISHED THE ROBERT AHNERT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION. THIS FOUNDATION FUNDS TOTAL TUITION FOR ALL NEEDY STUDENTS AT HOLY NAME CATHOLIC SCHOOL, BIMINI BAHAMAS

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Photo left to right: Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, author Margaret Ajemian Ahnert, former New York Governor Hugh L. Carey


ELLIS ISLAND MEDAL OF HONOR May 7, 2011