In Memory Of The Millions of Victims Of The Orthodox Christian Holocaust

Compiled by Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Boise, Idaho
U.S.A.

History Of Asia Minor: 1894-1923

During 1894-1923 the Ottoman Empire conducted a policy of Genocide of the Christian population living within its extensive territory. The Sultan, Abdul Hamid, first put forth an official governmental policy of genocide against the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire in 1894.

Systematic massacres took place in 1894-1896 when Abdul savagely killed 300,000 Armenians throughout the provinces. Massacres recurred, and in 1909 government troops killed, in the towns of Adana alone, over 20,000 Christian Armenians.

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Assyrian, Greek, Armenian Genocide Anniversary Commemorated Publicly in Turkey

(AINA) — Just few years ago only a handful of people in Istanbul rallied publicly on April 24 to remember thegenocide perpetrated during the Ottoman reign against Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks. This year’s commemorations took place in five other cities, Ankara, Bodrum, Izmir, Bursa, and Diyarbakir. At Izmir, Assyrian victims were commemorated, too. These protests are highly courageous considering the machinery of denial still at work in official Turkey. An increasing number of Turkish intellectuals refuse to accept the denial policy of their government.

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Bulgarian Orthodox Church canonized the Orthodox Christian Martyrs of Batak and Novo Selo (With Pictures)

Today the 3rd of April in the Patrierchal Cathedral Saint Alexander Nevski in Sofia, the Bulgarian Church has officially canonized the martyrs from Batak and Novo Selo.

The Holy Liturgy in Saint Alexander Nevski that’s been held in the st. Alexander Nevski (Largest Cathedral Church in Bulgaria) has been led by the his All Holiness the Patriarch of Bulgaria Maxim. Read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Karpasia – Shutting down of the local Churches

The [Turkish military] occupation authorities have enforced an absolute prohibition of any vespers (evening prayers) taking place in any Church in [Turkish-occupied] Rizokarpason, according to an announcement given by the Coordinative Committee of Karpasia [a local Cyprus NGO].

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House of Representatives Passes Resolution Calling for End to Religious Artifact Destruction in Cyprus

The U.S. House of Representatives has adopted a resolution that calls for the protection of religious sites in Turkish-occupied regions of Cyprus. The bipartisan resolution was adopted unanimously last week.

The resolution is in response to the looting, damage, and violence that has continued to occur in The Republic of Cyprus as it celebrates its 50th anniversary of Independence. While the nation celebrates the independence it won fifty years ago, nearly a third of the Greek island is still under Turkish military occupation, and has been for more than 35 years.

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The whole truth about Vatopedi

An issue of national importance which has been capturing the attention of the whole country for decades as well as the various Greek ministries and the Greek national security authorities, has become a matter of internal political squabbling, of investigative committees and of unrestrained chit-chat because of ‘additional external factors’. The consequences of such furor will possibly be felt by the entire nation for years to come. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

St. Chrysostom Metropolitan of Smyrna the New Ethno-Hieromartyr, and those with him

«To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.»

(Revelation 2:8-11;http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+2&version=NIV)

The ethnomartyr Chrysostom Kalafatis was born in Triglia of Propontidas in 1867. He was the Metropolitan of Smyrna from 1910 until 1922.

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55 years pass since İstanbul pogrom

Today marks the 55th anniversary of the Sept. 6-7 İstanbul pogrom, when many houses and places of business belonging to non-Muslims in İstanbul were destroyed after a newspaper headline reported that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s home in Greece had been bombed by Greek militants.

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The Hieromartyr Archbishop (of Cyprus) Kyprianos [part a]

Let me extend my sincere gratitude towards the Gymnastic Centre of Strovolos, ‘Keravnos’ and all of you here today, for giving me the honor to be here. It is an especially moving day today, the 9th of July, since Nicosia and its surrounding areas have been acknowledged as the place where the martyrs of faith and country have shed their blood during the Ottoman rule. The region of Strovolos, where the hieromartyr Kyprianos was born, has been especially blessed and honored with his martyrdom as well as the monastery of Mahairas, where Kyprianos is regarded as its true child. read  more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Dear Ms Jennifer Lopez, 800 Greek Cypriot women were raped by the Turks in 1974…

It is with dismay and shock that the people of Cyprus and especially the Greek Cypriot women in the Republic of Cyprus and elsewhere in the world, heard the news that you intend to attend the inauguration of a hotel in the occupied by Turkey part of our native country and celebrate your birthday there.

Our country was barbarically invaded in July 1974 by Turkey . Turkey ruthlessly murdered well over 5,000 in the process, mostly unarmed civilians, women, men, children and old people, uprooted by the use of force 200,000 Greek Cypriots making them refugees in their own country, imported well over 160,000 Turkish Anatolian settlers to fill in the vacuum left with the persecution of the 200,000 Greek Cypriots, 1,619 are still missing presumed murdered, and ever since TURKEY  holds on to the 37% of the island with the might of her 43,000 strong Turkish army. In our occupied area we have well over 500 Christian churches and cemeteries that have been desecrated by the Turks and turned into stables, toilets, mosques, coffee shops and night clubs ( I hope you are not also planning to be entertained in one of them!).

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Half Million Greeks Were Massacred In Ottoman Turkey

The first wave of repression against Greeks in the Ottoman Empire  began along with the genocide of Armenians and Assyrians at the  outbreak of World War II.

Mass deportations and killings of Greeks stated in 1916. Turkish  authorities did not even conceal that the violent massacres of the Greek population were plotted under the same scenario as was the Armenian Genocide.

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Armenian and Greek American activists of New York City, outraged over McMahon’s efforts to profit from vote against Genocide resolution

NEW YORK— The Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA) picketed Congressman Michael McMahon’s (D-NY-13) March 27th Turkish fundraiser in New York. Activists and community members of local Greek-American groups are outraged that McMahon accepts Turkish blood money. The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) has issued a press release and a grassroots you tube video covering this action. The ANCA has participated in the Greek-Cypriot July 20th demonstrations outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington DC to mark the criminal Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Armenian ANCA activists have also been very active in Pontian Greek Genocide recognition, joining several lectures with George Mavropoulos of the Pontian Greek Society in Chicago on genocide recognition, including a joint event in San Diego at the National Council for the Social Studies in Dec. 07 on the «Forgotten Genocides.»

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Some miracles performed by the right hand of Saint John the Baptist (Holy Monastery of Saint Dionysios, Holy Mount Athos)

Just as we are referring to the wonders performed by Saint John, The Baptist, in the present times, we are not departing from our purpose if we also refer to some miracles performed in the past, which have so far been unknown to most of our brothers, through which it is brilliantly manifested how he protects and helps the monastery and its monks…

We will omit the totally unexpected and paradoxical appearance of this protection by the Saint, because its detailed description is read during the joint feast on the day of its commemoration, the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

Let’s talk about some events which took place in the island of Poros, and refer to the dangers which those who were at sea have avoided from the day of their departure. In order to avoid talking about these things ourselves, let’s us present the account given by the Abbot Stephanos, who refers to the reasons for this sea voyage and to some historical facts. (These accounts are found in Code 627 of the monastery, 1733-1833).

He writes: “Kassandra has fallen, everyone have been taken captives by the agarinous(Turks) who have even been threatening to capture Ayio Oros. When the monks saw the Turks advancing, they picked up their holy relics and left towards romeiko. I also left among them, with my holy relics. Taking those of the monks who wanted to leave, we deserted the monastery on the 23 of February 1821.  read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Annual Academic Conference on the Asia Minor Catastrophe

The Hellenic League of America, HLA is proud to announce this year’s annual Academic Conference on the Asia Minor Catastrophe, hosted by the Pontian Greek Society of Chicago, on Saturday November 7th, 2009. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Pan-Pontian Federation of USA & Canada, the Hellenic Link-Midwest and the Federation of Hellenic American Organizations ‘Enosis’, will focus on the experiences of Ottoman Hellenes living in Asia Minor, Pontos, and Eastern Thrace during the Hellenic Genocide. A follow-up to last year’s Conference, which addressed several important issues dealing with the struggle for recognition of our Genocide. For more information concerning this year’s conference please visit the Pontian Greek Society of Chicago’s web site [http://ww.pontiangreeks.org]

Conference registration documents and program and the letter from the Pan-Pontian Federation USA , can also be downloaded from the HLA homepage, please see URL link at the very top above for online copy of this press release. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

What happened on 6-7 September 1955? (With photographic documents)

Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople inside the ruins of the destroyed Orthodox church of Saint Constantine, Istanbul.

Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople inside the ruins of the destroyed Orthodox church of Saint Constantine, Istanbul.

Supporting the views of Democratic Party, Istanbul Express Newspaper was owned by Mithat Perin, editorial director of that time was Gökşin Sipahioğlu. «Our father Atatürk’s house has been bombed» made the headline of the newspaper’s second issue. On 6 September 1955 290,000 issues were printed, exceeding the usual newspaper circulation of 20,000 papers by far. Members of the Cyprus Turkish Association started to distribute the issue all over Istanbul to agitate the people.

Due to reports from eyewitnesses, the riot started from a place in Pangaltı, nowadays the location of Ramada Hotel owned by a Greek citizen. In 1955 this was the place of popular localities such as the ‘Haylayf’ pastry shop. The riot started with attacking Haylayf pastry shop at 7.00 pm. From here the attacks spread all over Istanbul and all over the country.

Years later journalist Fatih Güllapoğlu interviewed retired general Sabri Yirmibeşoğlu about the Istanbul Riots. Yirmibeşoğlu described the attacks by saying «It was an excellent special warfare operation and it reached its goal.» In those days the Greek authorities announced that the bombings in Thessaloniki were a provocation organized by the Turkish state. Oktay Engin, scholarship student at the Thessaloniki Faculty of Law and agent of the National Intelligence Agency (MİT), and Hasan Uçar, tipstaff of the consulate in Thessaloniki, were arrested in regards with this event. After some time in detention Engin and Uçar were released because of the immunity of consular officials. Later on, Engin was appointed to important tasks in MİT, progressed quickly through the different administrative levels of the state and was promoted to the Governorship of Nevşehir in 1992.

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Kosovo and Ongoing De-Christianization

Kosovo is Serbia

By Lee Jay Walker

Tokyo Correspondent

The ongoing de-Christianization of Kosovo continues and unlike the past frenzy of the anti-Serbian mass media in the West, we mainly have a deadly silence about the reality of Kosovo and the continuing Albanianization of this land. However, how is it “just” and “moral” to persecute minorities and to alienate them from mainstream society; and then to illegally recognize this land without the full consensus of the international community? Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE BATTLE OF KOSOVO 1389 AND ITS CULTURAL EFFECT ON THE SERBIAN PEOPLE

 

Kosovo battle (1389) painted by Adam Stefanovic , 1870-1871

Kosovo battle (1389) painted by Adam Stefanovic , 1870-1871

by Mark Gottfried (1972)

The Serbian culture endured through five centuries of Turkish occupation, although the Turks offered security and prosperity, for conversion to Turkish life styles. This Serbian culture was retarded for five centuries, after the Serbian defeat on the plain of Kosovo.

From a culture that led Europe and the Balkans during the Medieval period, the Serbian culture degenerated and stagnated, to the point that when it regained its freedom it had centuries to recover. The Turkish victory at Kosovo, was not as much political as it was cultural. «Turkish historians lay more stress on the Battle of Maritza eighteen years before, which they call Serb Sindin (Serbian defeat).» The military destiny of Serbia was sealed at Maritza. Contemporary chroniclers, without the benefit of hindsight, felt that Kosovo was only one of a series of bloody engagements, leading to the collapse of the Serbian kingdom. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

CELEBRATE HELLENIC REVOLUTION MARCH 25th 1821-2009

Νέα Υόρκη...

Νέα Υόρκη...

NEW YORK-The Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA) is pleased to report that Hellenic Revolution day was celebrated early this year in a get together in Brooklyn, New York together with the Phil-Hellenes of Nuovo Patria Meridionale (New Southern Homeland), along with the growing Hellenic League of America HLA. The celebration of Hellenic Revolution was a historic happening , made public through face book with the call by Hellenic League of America HLA Leader Ioannis Fidanakis to «join us as we start celebrating Hellenic Independence Day alittle early this year. Rather then waiting until the official date of March 25th, we’ve decided to follow in the foot steps of those revolutionaries that just couldn’t wait to taste freedom and began the war of liberation with the seige of Kalamata on March 21 1821.» The report on the HLA celebration in Brooklyn last Saturday , written by Giovanni di Napoli, is quoted below, following a statement by CANA leader Nikolaos Taneris and HLA Leader Ioannis Fidanakis. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »