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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 April 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 APRIL 2016 5 NEWS Discussing the politics of forgetting A lecture at the GOCMV will look at the relationship between New Zealand and Greece from 1941-1945 As part of the GOCMV's Greek History and Culture Seminar series, Dr Martyn Brown will give an insightful presentation on the 'Politics of Forgetting - the New Zealand/Greek Relationship: 1941-1945'. Historical accounts from this period, along with public commemoration in New Zealand, cultivate the notion of a ‘special relationship’ between the Pacific and Mediterranean nations. Dominating memories are also stories of shared sacrifice and resisting the German invader in early 1941, along with aid given by civilians to New Zealand soldiers escaping or evading capture. But of course, there's always more to the story. In his seminar, lecturer and research fellow Dr Brown will look at why the reality of this period was much more complex and filled with contentious politics; at its worst, Greeks and New Zealanders even killed one another. By bringing these realities to the surface and examining the ‘hidden’ history, he will shed light on New Zealand and controversies involving both the Greeks and Britain. How did New Zealand's government and military leadership navigate a path through the quagmire of Greek-related politics? The situation became publicly acute when sections of New Zealand society began taking sides in Greek-related politics. Dr Brown has been researching the Greek-New Zealand wartime connection for 12 years and includes interviews and archives research in New Zealand, Australia, England, Greece, Germany and the United States. He is an Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland, and a lecturer in Information Systems at the University of Southern Queensland. The seminar will take place on Thursday 21 April at 7.00 pm at the Greek Centre (mezzanine, 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC). Attendance is free of charge. For more information, visit www.greekcommunity.com.au/seminars or call (03) 9662 2722. Castaways of chaos Ukrainian migration to Australia and its impact on the Hunter region and other ethnic communities Greek Australian historian Vasilis Vasilas recently participated in a discussion panel at the Newcastle Writers Festival, focusing on the impact of Ukrainian migration in New South Wales. Along with Dr Wolodymyr Mortyka, Dr Sonia Mycak and Alex Burns, Mr Vasilas shared his own experiences with the Ukrainian community, as well as other different migrant communities in the Hunter region. Dr Sonia Mycak looked at the poetic works of Helen Boris and how her personal experiences shaped her inspiration and work, while Dr Wolodymyr Mortyka examined the impact of Ukrainian migration within the wider area. In his talk, Vasilas used the personal narratives and photographic material from his various books, Across Lands and Oceans ... to Freedom (Vols 1 and 2), and In Search of Hope and Home, in order to capture the circumstances and experiences that forced Ukrainians and Estonians to become displaced during the Second World War. He also drew upon personal narratives and photographs from his forthcoming books on the Greek war veterans of World War II and the Korean War and the journey of Hungarians of Jewish background to Australia. "Through people's personal narratives, we get a better understanding of historical events. After all, history occurs as a result of the human experience," the historian said, announcing that he has already begun collecting material for a second volume of Ukrainian stories. Sydney to commemorate Battle of Crete Canberra marks Greece campaign anniversary Following on from commemorations in Melbourne, this weekend Sydney will follow suit, paying tribute to those who served in the Battle of Crete and Greek Campaign. A wreath-laying ceremony is due to take place today, Saturday 16 April, at 2.00 pm at The Cenotaph in Sydney's Martin Place. Attending the ceremony and laying the first wreath of the day will be the governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd). There are expected to be some 100 wreath-layers, including a number of official representatives of the NSW and Australian parliaments, Consulates General, Australian military officers, students and families of surviving Anzacs of the Centenary that served in Greece. Due to the significance of the 75th anniversary, seven members of the Greek Presidential Guard will make their way Down Under from Greece to participate, including the The Greek community in the national capital turned out in force on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of the WWII Greece campaign and the Battle of Crete. PHOTO: MIKE SWEET. Chief of Staff of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, Lieutenant General Konstantinos Gkatzogiannis as guest of honour. The day's proceedings will conclude with a ball, which has been held annually for nearly 50 years. Taking place in Liverpool, attending on the night will be the Consul General of Greece to Sydney Dr Stavros Kyrimis, representatives from the Australian armed forces and Greek community organisations. On Sunday 17 April a memorial service will take place at 9.30 am at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in Redfern to further commemorate the anniversary. For more information, visit www.cretannsw.com.au Proxenos: Greece’s new online certification database A project that will enable expats in Australia to request and receive official certificates from the country’s consular offices without delays Greece's Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias and Interior Minister Panos Kouroublis have announced the launch of an initiative, titled Proxenos, that will allow Greeks living abroad to apply for official certificates and documents from the country's consular services online. Proxenos, which stands for the Greek word for consul, has started operating in pilot mode at the Greek Consulate in Dusseldorf, offering Greeks worldwide the opportunity to get hold of birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as other official documentation from their nearest consulate, accessing central public records databases. Dusseldorf's feedback during the first week's trial will help improve the service before it is expanded to other countries. Foreign Minister Nikos Kot- zias also announced plans to digitise the ministry's history archive and to update its translation service, cutting time spent searching for paperwork and additional expenses for the state as well as citizens. "This is a jump in the quality of services offered by Greece's consular services throughout the world, facilitating the lives of Greek expatriates," Kotzias said during a joint press conference last Friday. "Greeks will be able to receive certificates of birth and marital status online, thus cutting time spent searching for such paperwork in Greece and saving money for the state." Interior Minister Panos Kouroublis also said that the ministry will complete a program of 15 more database connections during the year. "This connection with the database is the second achieved by the interior ministry, with the first one connecting with a database of the education ministry. "This program will bring the diaspora closer to Greece, by showing the country cares and sends them a message of hope and optimism," Kouroublis concluded.
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