Expulsion of Greeks from Nicomedia in Asia Minor (Turkey) in early 1920s Photographer: Anastasios Stefanou Courtesy: War Museum of Greece
In the struggle between denial and silence, silence wins hands down. That is, silence wins out over denial if the genocide of a people is to be complete.
For almost 100 years, Pontic Greeks have mourned the loss of the 353,000 fathers, mothers, grandparents, children, friends and community members who were slaughtered outright, or who died agonizing deaths on long death marches to expulsion from 1916 to 1923. My mother was among them.
Of the 2.6 million Greeks of Ottoman Turkey in 1914, over 700,000 additional Thracian and Anatolian Greeks were slaughtered, bringing the total Greek deaths to over one million.
Although the Pontic Greeks had settled on the southern shores and in the mountains along the Black Sea since 875 B.C., and other Greeks had settled in Anatolia since 1200 B.C., over 2,000 years before the first Turkish tribes invaded, today it’s difficult to find anyone who has heard of the Pontians or Anatolian Greeks, as if they never existed?…
Note: Most Muslims living in Greece were ‘traded’ for the Greeks in Turkey but many people were killed in a none-too-gentle exchange.
Greece lost that part of its ancient country forever.
And idiots still insist that ‘diversity is our strength.’ History strongly suggests otherwise.