Introduction to the research theme Recollections of Eastern Greeks - audio excerpts from interviews published in The Beirut Quartet: Marcelle Saleh Paoli, Salma Yanni Sarkis, Costi Papadopoulos, Rosemarie Shehfeh Tobagi and Hayat Wahab Arslan - Basma Zerouali's publications and communications on Eastern Greeks: Greeks in Lebanon, Syria and Asia Minor/Turkey (Smyrna/Izmir).
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.
"the beirut quartet": interviews - audio excerpts
Banner image: Yanni Papadopoulos family archives.