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Recollections of Eastern Greeks

Audio excerpts from interviews, publications and communications on Greeks in Lebanon, Syria and Asia Minor/Turkey.

 

Recollections of Eastern Greeks

 

Considered by a majority of historians of Hellenism the worst collective trauma since the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the 1922 Asia Minor Disaster marks in a violent and spectacular way the journey of Eastern Greeks back to Helladic Greece. 

Historically speaking though, the journey back had already started at the beginning of World War I and lingered until the 1970's. 

Thus, Greeks left Istanbul in two phases (1955, 1964-1968), Egypt mainly in 1965-1970, the Palestinian territories after the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict and Lebanon at the outbreak of the 1975 Civil War. 

This research theme aims to explore the different ways Eastern Greeks perceive and assert their identities by collecting testimonies from descendants of Greek families who have lived or still live in the Middle East. 

 

Field research: Greeks from Beirut

Interviews — Audio excerpts

Marcelle Saleh Paoli. © Vouvoula Skoura

Marcelle Saleh Paoli. © Vouvoula Skoura

Salma Yanni Sarkis and Costi Papadopoulos. © Vouvoula Skoura

Salma Yanni Sarkis and Costi Papadopoulos. © Vouvoula Skoura

Rosemarie Shehfeh Tobagi. © Basma Zerouali

Rosemarie Shehfeh Tobagi. © Basma Zerouali

Hayat Wahab Arslan. © Basma Zerouali

Hayat Wahab Arslan. © Basma Zerouali


Eastern Greeks — Publications

 
 

Eastern Greeks — Communications

 
 

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