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It is a promotional trailer narrated by Bill Curtis of an upcoming documentary regarding the Great Catastrophe and Genocide of the Greeks of Anatolia. 

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Major International Conference on Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides held in Chicago May 11, 2013

Skokie, IL - The largest academic conference ever held focusing on the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides concluded on Saturday, May 11, after two days of presentations by over a dozen scholars from Armenia, Australia, England and across North America. Attended by over 120 participants each day, the conference was filled to capacity with an enthusiastic and inquisitive audience.

The conference, entitled The Ottoman Turkish Genocides of Anatolian Christians: A Common Case Study, was organized by the Armenian National Committee of Illinois, the Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center and the Assyrian Center for Genocide Studies, and was held at the prestigious Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educational Center in Skokie, IL, on May 10 and 11, 2013. The assessments of the conference, both by the presenters and the attendees, were overwhelmingly positive.

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Tribute to the Ypsilanti Family and their role in the Greek Revolution of 1821



The following article is from an event by the Pontian Greek Studies Committee, held on November 13, 2011, in Athens Greece to honor the Pontian Greek and Phanariot family of Ypsilanti. It provides important information on the history, accomplishments, and contributions of this great family to the Greek War of Independence of 1821. Picture above is a file licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.  This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.  



Translated by members of the Pontian Greek Society.

Day of Tribute to the Ypsilanti Family

The Pontian Studies Committee (PSC) held a successful presentation on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at the "House of Hellenic heirlooms in Pontus" building.  The presentation was a tribute to the "Ypsilanti family" who were a great Phanariot family of Constantinople, natives of Ypsila in Trebizond whose members distinguished themselves in politics and the military; most notably the brothers Alexander and Dimitrios Ypsilantis who played an important role in the Greek revolution of 1821.

In a brief address by the President of PSC Mr. Christos Galanidis stated:

“Welcome to today's event which is a tribute to the Ypsilantis, who were a great Pontian Greek family.

On January 31, 1828 he confessed, said the Lord ’s Prayer, the Nicene Creed, and crossed himself. Then he whispered, "I want to sleep." And he fell asleep, forever nestled in the arms of history. In the bosom of Greece. His soul traveled to the Pontic coasts and ascended to the “parcharia” or great plains. Then he made his way up high and from there found himself in the City of Constantine. As a little child on the streets of the Phanar, he sought the minimal hope in the ‘Megali Idea’ that had blown in the nation’s soul. And he then rested forever...

The Greeks of Vienna carried the body of the prince to the chapel of St. George. Around his face,  a wreath of laurel and roses decorated the black uniform of the sacred battalion’s dead."



The Asia Minor Catastrophe and the Ottoman Greek Genocide


Contact: G. Mavropoulos

DATE: January 19, 2013

Tel: 630-303-4361

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“The Asia Minor Catastrophe and the Ottoman Greek Genocide”

A New Book Edited by George Shirinian of the Zoryan Institute

The Asia Minor Catastrophe and the Ottoman Greek Genocide: Essays on Asia Minor, Pontos, and Eastern Thrace, 1913–1923 edited by George N. Shirinian, Executive Director of the Zoryan Institute, is a compilation of innovative papers given by distinguished scholars at two academic conferences organized by the Pontian Greek Society of Chicago, and is published by The Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center in Chicago.

“…our knowledge of the catastrophic events affecting millions of people caught up in the huge political and social transformation connected with the dissolution of the Ottoman empire and the rise of the Turkish Republic has not received the scholarly attention it deserves. Even the best studied of these tragic events, ‘The Armenian Genocide,’ has been deprived of a certain panoramic contextualization of a tragedy which touched profoundly the lives of several other religious and ethnic groups, such as the Greeks and Assyrians,” observed Theofanis G. Stavrou, Professor of History at the University of Minnesota.

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Featured Article - Smyrna Event - 2012
The Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center and the Pontian Greek Society Commemorates
the 90-year Destruction of Smyrna and the Uprooting the Hellenism from their Ancestral Lands

Speech presented by Greg Bedian, leading member of the Armenian community.
Speech by Ron Levittsky, retired Social Studies teacher
Speech by the key note speaker Dr. C. Hatzidimitriou, Associate Adjunct Professor at St. John's University

All Our Ships - Poem - Translated by Ellene Phufas

Please see coverage by the local Japanese news paper
The Chicago Shimpo and the Chicago's Greek Star

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