300,000 Greeks and 50,000 Armenians and Jews were abandoned by the Greek Army in Smyrna, Turkey, in 1922. The Turkish Army announced their plans to march these people to the interior of Turkey and their certain death. The US Consul General George Horton did nothing on behalf of these people while the Greek Army boarded ships to save their own lives. On September 13, 1922, the city burned to the ground. The US, UK and French navies ordered all their citizens to board warships and leave Smyrna. Jennings stayed behind to feed the masses and care for the women and children he was protecting in his houses. Then on September 20 Jennings went to Gazi M. Kemal and secured an agreement that allowed all refugees, except men of military age, to leave Smyrna This is a story that shows the importance of character, and for the first time non-confrontational leadership that was more effective than belligerence. This is the story of an extraordinary Christian, Asa K. Jennings.

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