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British Testimony Concerning The Miracle of Our Lady in 1940

Supernatural Assistance (Michael Palairet, British Ambassador to Greece at the time of the war, in 1940) No. 306 From the British Embassy, Athens December 9, 1940. Dear Sir, In my letter No. 293 of 23 November, I mentioned the widely-held belief that the Greek Army enjoys the protection of Our Lady of Tinos and that its victories, which may, indeed, ... Read More »

MOIPOΛΟΙ (Lament) FOR THE FALLEN OF 1940

“Death commands respect,” Ismail Kadare, “The General of the Dead Army.’ When the sun rose that day, it could not be seen. All was hidden in the stultifying greyness that try as it might, could not hide the bulk of the mountain looming ominously, as it has done for eternity, over the small stone village perched precariously at its roots. ... Read More »

Anatomy of the “Septemvriana”: Constantinople 1955

Pogrom Constantinople Sept 1955 Desecrated Church

NEOS KOSMOS More than 5,300 properties, the vast majority of them Greek-owned, were badly damaged or destroyed that night. Among these were houses, businesses, churches, monasteries, schools. The Constantinople-Istanbul pogrom, also known as the Constantinople riots or September events, was organised mob attacks directed primarily at the city’s Greek minority on 6-7 September 1955. The events were triggered by the ... Read More »

Beyond Pontus

The principality of Theodoro 11 May 2015 Of the Empire of Trebizond or Trapezous, much has been written. As a multi-ethnic state situated in the Pontic region of the southern Black Sea, it was the terminus of the famed Silk Road and it was also the last Greek-speaking state to succumb to the Ottoman Empire. As a bridge between Europe ... Read More »

The Ethnic cleansing of Greeks from Gallipoli in 1915

There were 32,000 Greeks living on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. By 1919 there were none. Historian John Williams explains how the Turks sanctioned the genocide of thousands. The facts are that in a period which began after the last of the Balkan Wars and extended throughout the First World War almost half a million Greeks were among the upwards ... Read More »