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The newer settlements of Asia Minor

The newer settlements of Asia Minor My views on the Hellenism of Asia Minor have often sparked objections from critics who claim that the Greek populations that were expelled in 1922 had lived in the area since ancient times. I have tried to explain that there is evidence to back the presence of Pontic Greeks […]

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The Valiant Greek Jew Who Fought in Crimea, Asia Minor and Two World Wars

The Valiant Greek Jew Who Fought in Crimea, Asia Minor and Two World Wars Frizis Mordechai Romaniote Greek Jew. Credit: Public domain. Mordechai Frizis (Μαρδοχαίος Φριζής), who fought in the Crimea and in the doomed Asia Minor campaign as well as the two World Wars, was the first senior officer in the Greek Army to […]

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Asia Minor Catastrophe | Athens | To February 12

Asia Minor Catastrophe | Athens | To February 12 Marking the centennial of one of the most violent chapters in the history of Hellenism, the Benaki Museum (benaki.org) presents “Asia Minor Hellenism: Heyday – Catastrophe – Displacement – Rebirth,” an expansive exhibition organized in cooperation with the Center for Asia Minor Studies. The show at […]

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Memories of Pontus and Asia Minor Dominate Opening of AEK Athens Stadium

Memories of Pontus and Asia Minor Dominate Opening of AEK Athens Stadium The Pontian war dance Pyrrhichios was performed at the new stadium on Friday. Credit: Facebook/AEK F.C. Memories of Pontus and Asia Minor dominated the spectacular opening of the new football station of Greek soccer club AEK on Friday in Athens. More than 30,000 […]

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Reining in Erdogan

Reining in Erdogan On the centenary of a crime against humanity on the Mediterranean shores of Asia Minor, the statue of Turkish General Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on horseback facing and pointing West inscribed with the quotation “Armies, your first target is the Mediterranean Sea. Forward,” stands taller and prouder than ever on the shore of […]

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The chronicle of a national catastrophe

The chronicle of a national catastrophe On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Asia Minor Catastrophe, the Benaki Museum and the Center for Asia Minor Studies present a chronicle of the Greek presence there through an exhibition beginning on Thursday and titled ‘Asia Minor Hellenism: Heyday – Catastrophe – Displacement – Rebirth.’ More […]

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A national tragedy, an artist’s loss

A national tragedy, an artist’s loss “The loss of his work in Asia Minor is something he mourned deeply,” the curator of the Teloglion Fine Arts Foundation’s collection, Christina Tsangalia, tells Kathimerini, referring to a traumatizing chapter in the life and career of esteemed Greek artist Spyros Papaloukas (1892-57). Yet this personal tragedy, the loss […]

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Two injured in gas cylinder explosion in Volos

Two injured in gas cylinder explosion in Volos One person was seriously injured and another was treated for minor injuries after a cooking gas cylinder exploded at a steakhouse in Volos in central Greece on Monday morning. The incident occurred while the two were trying to change an empty gas cylinder with a filled one. […]

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Exhibition Marks Centenary of the 1922 Asia Minor Disaster

Exhibition Marks Centenary of the 1922 Asia Minor Disaster The destruction of Smyrna haunts Greece 100 years later. Public Domain Visitors to the 86th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) will have the opportunity to learn about one of the darkest moments in Greek history, the Asia Minor Disaster of 1922, in an exhibition that marks the […]

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Eurozone is already in a recession, UBS analysts say

Eurozone is already in a recession, UBS analysts say The eurozone is already in a minor recession because of the climbing energy prices, UBS analysts believe, estimating that, overall, eurozone economies will shrink 0.1% in the third quarter and an additional 0.2% in the fourth. They warn that forced consumption cutbacks could make the recession […]

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The Asia Minor Catastrophe

The Asia Minor Catastrophe As the 100th anniversary of the Asia Minor Catastrophe approaches in September, HALC Executive Director Endy Zemenides is joined by Professor Ismini Lamb, Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program at Georgetown University, to discuss these horrific events, the genocide of Greek Orthodox Christians in Turkey, and present-day attempts at accountability.  […]

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College Year in Athens celebrates 60 years

College Year in Athens celebrates 60 years Remembering the centenary of the Asia Minor Campaign, let us not only look at what we lost, but what the refugees offered to Greece. Each in their own way. Like the industrious Smyrniot Ismini Phylactopoulou, who crossed to Chios in a small boat to escape the flames engulfing […]

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Gate to Temple of Zeus Unearthed in Magnesia, Asia Minor

Gate to Temple of Zeus Unearthed in Magnesia, Asia Minor The ancient stadium, or hippodrome, in Magnesia in Asia Minor. A gate to a temple dedicated to Zeus has now been unearthed by Turkish archaeologists. Credit: Torsten62 /CC BY-SA 4.0 The ancient Greek city of Magnesia in Asia Minor, now part of Turkey’s Aydin province, was […]

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Police officer arrested for seducing minor

Police officer arrested for seducing minor A 53-year-old police officer was arrested Friday for committing sexual acts against a 14-year-old girl and attempting to attracting other minors for sexual reasons. According to the police, a criminal complaint was filed by a teen and her parents, according to which the officer, taking advantage of his side […]

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Unpublished photos of Asia Minor campaign on show

Unpublished photos of Asia Minor campaign on show Photographs of Greece’s military and naval operations in Asia Minor during the 1919-1922 campaign, many of which are being shown to the public for the first time, are being presented in an exhibition on the island of Spetses. The material has been selected from the archive of […]

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Elderly man hurled off by jet blast on Skiathos

Elderly man hurled off by jet blast on Skiathos A 79-year-old man suffered minor injuries on Sunday after being hit with a passenger airplane’s jet blast at a Greek island known for its close-up views of airplanes. The man was standing outside the fenced area of ​​Skiathos airport in the northwest Aegean around 1 p.m. when […]

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Sailing coach found guilty of sexually abusing minor, innocent of serial rape

Sailing coach found guilty of sexually abusing minor, innocent of serial rape A 39-year-old sailing coach was found unanimously guilty on Tuesday of sexually abusing a minor, his student, but was found innocent of her serial rape. The members of the court could not agree on the second charge, with four members voting against. The […]

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Athens British Embassy virtual event on Asia Minor Catastrophe available to view

Athens British Embassy virtual event on Asia Minor Catastrophe available to view The British Embassy in Athens virtual event marking the centennial of the Asia Minor Catastrophe, held on Tuesday, is available to watch back on YouTube, ekathimerini.com reports. Under the title “100 Years On Reflections on Asia Minor,” Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith, former British ambassador […]

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British Embassy virtual event on Asia Minor Catastrophe available to view

British Embassy virtual event on Asia Minor Catastrophe available to view The British Embassy in Athens virtual event marking the centennial of the Asia Minor Catastrophe, held on Tuesday, is available to watch back on YouTube. Under the title “100 Years On: Reflections on Asia Minor,” Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith, former British ambassador to Greece, spoke […]

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British Embassy hosting virtual event on Asia Minor Catastrophe [LIVE]

British Embassy hosting virtual event on Asia Minor Catastrophe [LIVE] The British Embassy in Athens will hold a virtual event marking the centennial of the Asia Minor Catastrophe on Tuesday at 7 p.m. under the title “100 Years On: Reflections on Asia Minor.” Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith, former British ambassador to Greece, will speak on David […]

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British Embassy to host virtual event on Asia Minor Catastrophe

British Embassy to host virtual event on Asia Minor Catastrophe The British Embassy in Athens will hold a virtual event marking the centennial of the Asia Minor Catastrophe on Tuesday at 7 p.m. under the title “100 Years On: Reflections on Asia Minor.” Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith, former British ambassador to Greece, will speak on David […]

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The Day Greeks of Smyrna Welcomed the Hellenic Fleet in Asia Minor

The Day Greeks of Smyrna Welcomed the Hellenic Fleet in Asia Minor Crowds gathered to welcome the Hellenic Fleet in Smyrna in May 1919. Public Domain On May 14, 1919, thousands of Greeks of Smyrna wore their best clothes and rushed to the city’s seafront to get a glimpse of the Hellenic navy. On that […]

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Asia Minor refugees remembered in Technopolis show

Asia Minor refugees remembered in Technopolis show An archive photo from the US Library of Congress’ National Red Cross Photograph Collection shows refugees from the 1922-24 Asia Minor Disaster at an unidentified location in downtown Athens soon after their arrival, as the country grappled with the influx of millions of ethnic Greeks from Turkey. The […]

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Kos: man arrested for rape and sexual exploitation of minor in Finland

Kos: man arrested for rape and sexual exploitation of minor in Finland Police on Kos have arrested a man on foot of a European arrest warrant concerning a prominent case of rape and sexual exploitation of a minor in Finland. The alleged offences took place in 2008 and 2009. The arrested individual is expected to […]

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Minor accused of stealing 100,000 euros from car trunk

Minor accused of stealing 100,000 euros from car trunk A 17-year-old man is being accused on Thursday of stealing 100,000 euros from a car trunk last year in Thessaloniki. The case was solved by police who pressed charges against the minor and three unidentified accomplices. The group are also being accused of stealing two cars […]

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Minor hospitalized for alcohol poisoning on Crete

Minor hospitalized for alcohol poisoning on Crete An underage girl was rushed to the University General Hospital of Heraklion on Crete on Sunday morning in a heavily inebriated state. The girl was admitted to the hospital’s emergency room to be treated after consuming a significant volume of alcohol. The girl was treated by hospital staff […]

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Former TV host released from jail on bail

Former TV host released from jail on bail A minor Greek television presenter who is accused of faking an armed attack on his own house was released from pre-trail detention on Tuesday afternoon, after spending almost five months in Athens’ high-security Korydallos prison. The release of Menios Fourthiotis was ordered by an investigative magistrate who […]

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Minor incidents at Athens protest against teacher evaluations

Minor incidents at Athens protest against teacher evaluations Police deployed water cannon and fired tear gas after demonstrators protesting the mandatory evaluation of teaching staff and schools attempted to block a main road in central Athens. About 3,000 people reportedly took part in the demonstration, which was organized by teachers’ unions and leftist groups. Police […]

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Smyrna Catastrophe: Genocide of Greeks in Asia Minor Remembered

Smyrna Catastrophe: Genocide of Greeks in Asia Minor Remembered Credit: Public Domain Today marks 99 years since the Catastrophe of Smyrna, the modern-day city of Izmir on the Turkish coast of the Aegean Sea, when Greeks were forced to flee the city due to a fire set by Turkish forces. It was a cataclysmic event […]

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The Destruction of Smyrna: When Hellenism was Brutally Erased from Asia Minor

The Destruction of Smyrna: When Hellenism was Brutally Erased from Asia Minor Overcrowded boats with refugees fleeing the fire. The photo was taken from the launch boat of a US warship. Credit: Public domain September 12, 1922 marks one of the darkest days of Hellenism, as Smyrna, one of the most prosperous and beautiful cities […]

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