Justice for genocide should have no expiry date

After World War II, the Germans gave us their new term for reparation payments to be made to Holocaust survivors — wiedergutmachung. At first, the English translation, making good again, sounded profound and exotic — until I realised that dead husbands, wives, parents, children and the half-alive survivors can’t be restored in the way the term suggests.

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The gravestone of the dreams of the Skopjans that they are Macedonians, descendants of Alexander the Great, is made of two books and a documentary.

The renaming of the Yugoslavian area of Vardaska to Macedonia by Tito and Stalin in August 1944, led today’ s inhabitants of FYROM into fantasising that they are the Macedonians and, particularly, that they are the descendants of Alexander the Great. The way Hitler, in order to establish the Nazi regime, kept declaring that the Germans belonged to the Arian race, the same way Tito, in order to take control of the Aegean and support the expansionist plans of the Soviet Union, renamed Vardaska to Macedonia, aiming at the extraction of Macedonia from Greece.

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13Sept.1922 : The Burning of Smyrna and the Destruction of Eastern Christianity

The Great Fire of Smyrna was a fire that destroyed much of the port city of Smyrna in September 1922. Eye-witness reports state that the fire began on 13 September 1922 and lasted for several days. It occurred four days after the Turkish forces under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Pasha («Ataturk») regained control of the city on 9 September 1922. The Burning of Smyrna marked the last chapter in the destruction and Genocide of Anatolian Greeks and of Eastern Christianity in Asia Minor.

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“The night of Istanbul massacres” 55 years later

On September 6 and 7 in 1955 in the Turkish cities Istanbul and Izmir were organized the massacres of the Greek population, which later turned into Armenian as well. The tragic events of those days are known as «Night of Istanbul massacres» or «Night of national extermination in Constantinople.”

The massacres of the Christian population have been carried out by the Turkish authorities in response to the demand of the Cypriot Greeks to recognize their independence and to connect it with Greece.

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Welcome or Not, Orthodoxy Is Back in Russia’s Public Schools

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Sergei Kivrin for The New York Times

KOLOMNA, Russia — One of the most discordant debates in Russian society is playing out in public schools like those in this city not far from Moscow, where the other day a teacher named Irina Donshina set aside her textbooks, strode before her second graders and, as if speaking from a pulpit, posed a simple question:

“Whom should we learn to do good from?”

“From God!” the children said.

“Right!” Ms. Donshina said. “Because people he created crucified him. But did he accuse them or curse them or hate them? Of course not! He continued loving and feeling pity for them, though he could have eliminated all of us and the whole world in a fraction of a second.”

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Ιερα Μονή Ζωγράφου – The Holy Monastery of Zographou

Η Ιερά Μονή Ζωγράφου. Εξωτερική άποψη. Holy Monastery of Zographou. External view.

Η Ιερά Μονή Ζωγράφου. Εξωτερική άποψη. Holy Monastery of Zographou. External view.

Ιδρύθηκε λίγο πριν το 980, προφανώς από κάποιο αγιογράφο ονομαζόμενο Γεώργιο. Από τα βυζαντινά χρόνια ήδη άρχισε να δημιουργείται η παράδοση να μονάζουν στη Ζωγράφου βούλγαροι μοναχοί, αλλά πάντα η Μονή ήταν επανδρωμένη με μοναχούς πολλών εθνοτήτων μόλις το 1845 επικράτησε η συνήθεια να χρησιμοποιείται μόνον η βουλγαρική γλώσσα στις ακολουθίες, ενώ μέχρι τότε χρησιμοποιούνταν ισότιμα και η ελληνική. Το Καθολικό τιμάται στον άγιο Γεώργιο και είναι κτίσμα του 1801, με τοιχογραφίες του 1817. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Orthodox Church

The Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky in Sofia, Bulgaria.

One of the three branches of world Christianity and the major Christian Church in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the Orthodox Christian Church, also sometimes called the Eastern Church, or the Greek Orthodox, or Orthodox Catholic Church, claims to have preserved the original and apostolic Christian faith. Figures for its worldwide membership range from 100 to 200 million, depending on the method of accounting.

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