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Pontian Genocide

Greeks Remember Genocide of Their Ancestors in Pontus

Every year on May 19 Pontic Greeks commemorate one of the darkest pages in Hellenic history, as the date will forever be connected to the genocide of their ancestors at the hands of the Turks. The Pontic Genocide cost 353,000...

Greek Man Wants to Honor the Memory of Pontians in Arctic Adventure

Adventurer Christos Vasileiadis is a Greek man who not only loves taking on challenges in the snow. He is a man with deep respect for his ancestors' history. Vasileiadis' mission is to take part in the Fjällräven International Polar Expedition...

Greek PM from Pontian Genocide Conference: ''Greece Has Always Overcome the Storms of History''

The Pontian Genocide was a tragic chapter in the history of modern Greece, and the lessons it holds must prevent its repetition anywhere in the world, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Friday, during his opening remarks of the...

Greek President Calls on the World to Recognize Pontian Genocide

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Thursday joined thousands of Pontian Greeks who gathered at the church of Panagia Soumela at Mt. Vermion in northern Greece to celebrate the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. Pavlopoulos attended a memorial service in memory...

Greece Blasts Turkey's Claim that Pontian Genocide is "Imaginary"

Turkey dismissed calls for the recognition of the Pontian Genocide on Tuesday, saying that Greek politicians and groups raise "imaginary claims targeting our history." The Turkish Foreign Ministry in Ankara issued a statement for the May 19 anniversary of the day...

Pontian Greeks Honor Genocide Victims in Athens Ceremony (video)

Hundreds of people gathered in Athens' Syntagma Square on Saturday to honor the hundreds of thousands of Greeks died or displaced from their homes by the Turks in early 20th century at the annual commemoration of the Pontian Genocide. Pontian...

Mayor of Thessaloniki Lynched by Mob at Pontian Genocide Ceremony (video)

A mob, believed they were right-wing extremists, attacked and injured the mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris, during a ceremony to commemorate the Pontian genocide on Saturday. The 75-year-old mayor was punched and kicked as he fell to the ground by several...

May 19: Remembering the Pontic-Greek Genocide 1913-1922

On Feb. 24, 1994, the Greek parliament voted unanimously in favor of recognizing the Pontian Genocide and instituted May 19 as a Remembrance Day. The history of the Pontic Greeks goes as far back as Ancient Greece. After the fall of...

Greek Presidential Guard Faints during Pontian Genocide Ceremony (video)

A man of the Greek Presidential Guard wearing Pontian traditional attire fainted during the ceremony to commemorate the Pontian Genocide (May 19) on Friday. The incident occurred at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, in front of the Greek Parliament...

Pontian Greek Remembrance Day in Düsseldorf

By Aspasia Zontanou In 1994, the Greek parliament declared that the Pontian Greek Genocide (1914-1923) be remembered every year on May 19. This last Sunday, in Düsseldorf Germany, the Perish of Greek Orthodox Church of Agios Andreas held such a...