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 »

The Greek crisis, 173 years earlier

DEAN KALYMNIOU It is common knowledge that the 1821 revolution secured Greece’s independence. What is generally not known, however, is that the independent state of Greece was set up for financial failure from its very outset. In 1824, a loan of £472,000 pounds was secured on the London Stock Exchange to finance the campaign for independence. This offering was oversubscribed ... Read More »

1204: The collapse of civilisation

Dean Kalimniou looks at the clash between Western Christians and their Byzantine brothers, and explores the impact of the Crusaders on the Byzantine Empire  “They had taken up the Cross and sworn on it … they would pass over the lands of the Christians without shedding blood…Instead of defending [Christ’s] tomb, they …outraged the faithful who are members of Him. They ... Read More »

Waiting for the clouds

20 May 2015 Dean Kalimniou A Pontian friend relates a remarkable story whereby she once employed the assistance of a Turkish hairdresser in suburban north-west Melbourne for the purpose of taming her unruly tresses. Peering through the mirror, my friend noticed that her hairdresser had, pinned to her undershirt, a familiar triangular piece of cloth. “Do you know what that ... 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 »

Pontian history is Australian history

An excerpt from a speech made by historian Dr Panayiotis Diamadis 5 Jun 2014 Panayiotis Diamadis The evidence from Australian sources is overwhelming: the fates of the indigenous Hellenic, Armenian and Assyrian peoples of Anatolia and eastern Thrace constitute a pre-determined plan aimed at their extermination. This plan, which resulted in the deaths of millions, developed and implemented by the ... Read More »

Anzac Parade

The whole Gallipoli campaign was fought in an area where 35,000 Greek people were forcibly removed from their homes and many were killed 4 May 2015 “Australian soldiers, sailors and pilots saw columns of Armenian, Assyrian and Greek women and children being forced along the countryside in death marches. They saw their pitiful, bedraggled state. The homes, churches, monasteries and ... Read More »

Recognising genocide

Genocide is the responsibility of the entire world – Ann Clwyd Dean Kalimniou – 22 May 2013 A few weeks ago, an article penned by John Williams appeared in Quadrant entitled, “The Ethnic Cleansing of Greeks from Gallipoli, April 1915.” This marks a rare moment where a mainstream publication has attempted to draw attention to an aspect of the Gallipoli ... Read More »