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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 Yiayia Honored for Learning Pontic Greek Dialect at 92

Maria Sotiriadou, a 92-year old Greek woman living in Thessaloniki, will soon be honored by the University of Macedonia for her dedication to learning the Pontic Greek dialect through a series of classes offered by the University. Born in June...

Thousands Gather for Greek Pontic Celebration in Thessaloniki (video)

More than 2,500 dancers participated in a celebration of Greek Pontic culture held on Saturday in Thessaloniki. The event was organized by the Panpontian Federation of Greece to honor the hundreds of thousands of victims of the Pontian genocide. Thousands of...

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...

Historic Soumela Monastery in Pontus Reopens

The historic Panagia Soumela Monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary and located in Trabzon in the Black Sea is to reopen its doors to the public on May 25, 2019 after more than three years of restoration work. The religious...

Pontic Greeks in Thessaloniki Commemorate 100 Years Since Genocide

Hundreds of Pontic Greeks gathered in central Thessaloniki on Wednesday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide perpetrated by the Turks upon their ancestors. The crowd formed a human chain with the letter “G”, for Genocide, and later formed the...

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...