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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 May 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 MAY 2019 21 OPINION YOUR WORDS. YOUR VOICE. Here’s what our readers on Facebook thought Geelong school erects plaque to commemorate Ataturk (Article on page 24) ARCHIVE PHOTO/ CRETE GAZETTE Victoria honours the Battle of Crete fallen in a series of commemorative events Battle of Crete commemorations began early this month in Sydney and Crete, Greece with Victoria joining in last week. Hundreds of veterans, members of Cretan Clubs are gathering around the city to remember the price of freedom paid by the Cretan people and their Allied bothers during the 1941 campaign. Here is a list of commemorative events set to take place this week: Thursday 23 May At 6.50pm: Greek Military Officials Vice Admiral Paxivanakis and Lieutenant Colonel Christos Anastasiadis arrive in Melbourne from Canberra aboard flight Virgin VA 278. Friday 24 May 9.00am: Greek officials meet with Greek military officers at Parliament House and members of the Greece - Victoria friendship committee. 11.00am: Commemoration service and wreath-laying ceremony at the the Whittlesea War Memorial Statue, on Laurel Street. An olive tree planting ceremony will follow before the revelation of the honorary plaque at the Epping RSL War Memorial garden. Following the ceremony, Mayor Laurie Cox whose father was a war prisoner on Crete, will host a luncheon. 3.00pm: Press conference with Vice Admiral Paxivanakis at the Melbourne Greek Consulate. 7.30pm: Dinner in honour of the Greek Military envoys held by the Greek Consul in Australia, Dimitrios Michalopoulos. Saturday 25 May 10.00am: Tour to the Shrine of Remembrance with Shirley Devery, author of 'For God, King and Country' and daughter of Thomas Devery who fought in Greece and Crete in 1941. The Greek officers will then visit the commemorative and permanent exhibitions. 12.30pm: Luncheon in hon- our of the envoys and the Malevizi Municipality held by the Victorian RSL. 7.00pm: To commemorate the 78th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete, the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria in partnership with the Pancretan Association of Melbourne are co-hosting a Cretan Glendi featuring Dimitris Spyridakis and his band from Crete. The event is proudly catered by Sardellis Catering Concepts and will be held at 7pm on the 25 May at the Cretan Brotherhood Hall (148 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East). To book tickets call Jim 0411 224 532, Michael 0408 855 109 or John 0413 440 033. Sunday 26 May 10.00am: Liturgy in memory of the fallen of the Battle of Crete at the St Efstathios Greek Orthodox church by Bishop of Derbis Ezekiel. 11.00am: Parade and wreath-laying ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance attended by Greek and Aus- tralian military officials, politicians and wider community representatives. 12.30pm: Visit to the Cretan Olive 1.00pm: Short commemorative ceremony and wreath laying at the Greek Australian Battle of Crete monument 2.00pm: Official luncheon in honour of Battle of Crete survivors attended by church and state officials, members of local government, diplomats and military officials as well as members of the Cretan Brotherhood and the Pancretan Association. Monday 27 May 9.30am: Greek military envoys to visit Oakleigh Grammar. 12.00pm: Customary meeting with Greek Orthodox Bishops Iakovos of Militoupolis and Ezekiel of Dervis. 10.30pm: Mr Paxivanakis and Mr Anastasiadis to depart from Melbourne to Athens. 100 years since the Pontian Genocide It has been 100 years since the Genocide of the Greeks of Pontus, and the Greek community of Australia continues to remember the bloodshed and pain suffered by the Christian populations of the region. A number of events have been set up by the coordinating committee of the Pontian Society of Melbourne. 11am, 18 May Wreath laying at the Hellenic memorial Foundation at Birdwood Avenue and Gov- ernment drive. 10am, 19 May A memorial service is to be held at the holy Cathedral of Saint Efstathios at 22 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne. 3pm, 19 May Speech by Dr Panagiotis Diamantis at the hall of the Pontian Community at 345 Victoria Street, Brunswick. Professor Diamantis is the coordinator of Genocide Studies at the University of Technology in Sydney. He teaches history at Saint Ignatius College, Riverview and is also at the Institute for Research of Genocide in Sydney. 9.30-12.30pm, 26 May Take the Kokoda Challenge and make the journey of 1000 steps. The event pays respect to the courage of the fallen, the resilience of the living and the camaraderie that binds us all in the face of adversity. All proceeds raised go directly towards The Murdock Children's Research In- stitute. The group meets at the Kokoda Memorial Archway (next to the 1000 Steps Carpark at the Dandenong Ranges National Park). Appropriate footwear is required. Contact Penny Tsombanopoulos on 0409850109 to register and tickets at $10. 25 August Blood donation at Collins Street Donor Centre at Level 1, 367 Collins Street, Melbourne. For more info, call Peter Stefanidis at 0401672124. Penny Nicolis Totally agree, should be removed, would they put a memorial in front of our schools for Hitler and honour him? Maybe they should inscribe what Erdogan recently said (about the grandchildren of Anzacs)... PS My grandparents were there as young children and witnessed the genocide, and were lucky they survived; injured but survived. Nick Rodintsis Well said! And that was just Smyrna in detail! Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians in many parts of Turkey were mass murdered under Attaturk. We shouldn’t hate the current generation of Turks for these crimes, however this history must be faced by Turkey as a nation. Axilleas Petridis Neos Kosmos are you and the school aware that Erdogan has removed this from Anzac Cove? The Turkish Islamist push may be to blame for removal of Atatürk inscription at Anzac Cove. Con Koromilas The mother is sadly out of step with the rest of Australia! Or is Australia is out of step with reality.What did Erdogan recently say about the Anzacs? Con Vaitsas, you’re sending two messages, Australia needs to move on but the Greeks and Armenians have a point. James Dandalhs I agree with the sentiment of Con Vaitsas, however it was not a forced expulsion from Asia Minor in 1923. The number of people murdered by Ataturk in Smyrna 1922 was in the order of 160,000 people as documented by Majorie Houspian in her book ‘Smyrna 1922’. As for the forced expulsions from the Smyrna quay and the port of Cesme, the estimates are in the order of 750,000. The lives of these people were only saved by the efforts of a Methodist minister Asa Jennings. We should also remember the Greek government and its army abandoned the Christian population of Smyrna in 1922. We should also remember the men and boys sent on death marches to the interior of Asia Minor following the Asia Minor disaster. As for the population exchange which was agreed between Greece and turkey and ratified in the treaty of Lausanne in 1923, approximately 1.5 million Christians were exchanged for 500,000 Muslims in Greece. The exchange was based on religion only. The Christian population of Constantinople, Imbros and Tenedos were excluded as was the Muslim population in western Thrace. Also there were many Greeks who remained but changed their religion and there were also many Greeks who escaped to the Soviet Union. Let us also not forget the children that were taken and raised as Turks. As Greeks we must never forget this dark time in our history and ensure the genocide of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians is never forgotten. As for the memorials of Ataturk, we must take the lead and point out the support that the Greek population in Lemnos and eastern Thrace offered to the Anzacs and commemorate our involvement in a positive way. Bringing the Evzones out from Greece is one such example how we can reveal the efforts of the Greek support during the Gallipoli campaign. It is also important that we tell our friends that the Armenian genocide commenced on the day prior to the Gallipoli landings and the this was a deliberate ploy by the Turks. Write your comments on our social media pages and see them publicized here...
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