Join us for EMBCA’s "The Martyred City: The Smyrna Catastrophe (September, 1922). Remembrance of the Christian / Hellenic Genocide" Zoom Webinar on Sunday September 6, at 2 P.M. EST (11 A.M. PST, 9 P.M. Athens EEST) in Association with AHEPA’s Hellenic Cultural Commission. Presenters will include, among others, EMBCA’s President and Chairman of AHEPA’s Hellenic Cultural Commission Lou Katsos ; Professor Ismini Lamb the Director of The Modern Greek Program in the Department of Classics at Georgetown University; and Peter Stavrianidis, PHD Educator/Community Leader in Hellenic Genocide Issues.
The Smyrna Catastrophe (in the Hellenic – Καταστροφή της Σμύρνης) refers to the deliberately set fire four days after Turkish forces entered and captured the port city of cosmopolitan Smyrna in Asia Minor and which completely destroyed its Hellenic and Armenian quarters. The fire was started September 13 and extinguished September 22 in 1922. Turkish troops per eyewitnesses systematically cordoned off the Quay to contain the Hellenes and Armenians within their fire zone quarters and prevented them from fleeing. The estimated Hellenic and Armenian deaths resulting from the fire range up to 100,000, and approximately up to 400,000 Hellenic and Armenian refugees in the city from other parts of Asia Minor to escape the Turkish Troops and irregulars cramming its waterfront and quays to escape from the horrific flames. Women were raped and tens of thousands of Hellenic and Armenian men were subsequently deported into the interior of Anatolia, where many died in harsh and brutal conditions. After the Smyrna Catastrophe the Hellenic city founded 3,000 years before , a jewel of the Eastern Mediterranean, ceased to have Hellenic residents.
UPCOMING EVENTS August 30 - “2,500th Year Anniversary of The Battle of Thermopylae and Salamis” Panel Discussion Zoom Webinar
September 6 - “The Martyred City: The Smyrna Catastrophe (September, 1922). Remembrance of the Christian / Hellenic Genocide” Zoom Webinar
September 13 - ”Warrior Arts of the Hellenes : From Ancient Times to the Modern Era” Panel Discussion
September 27 - “Dual Citizen Initiative on the 200th Anniversary of the Hellenic Revolution” Panel Discussion Zoom Webinar