The Great Catastrophe Documentary

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Raised by 64 people in 24 months
Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center  BLOOMINGDALE, IL
Greeks migrated to Asia Minor and the Black Sea in the 8th century BC— as revealed in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts. The flourishing Greek communities developed a great civilization whose impact in science, philosophy and the arts is visible in Western civilization today. Within a single decade— from 1913 to 1923— this civilization was  wiped out by an orchestrated genocidal campaign carried out by two consecutive Turkish regimes. Of the 2 million Greek people living in the multi-ethnic Ottoman empire in 1910 (20% of the total of 10 million people in the empire at that time), only a few thousand survive today, and they are subject to racism and discrimination.

As we commemorate the centennial of the Armenian genocide in 2015, it is important to also remember the crimes against the Greeks. The three large Christian communities of the Ottoman empire— Greeks, Armenians, and Assyrians—were all victims of genocide, subjected to systematic extermination policies that involved terror, deportations, death marches, and massacres.

These were the first genocides of the 20th century. Turkey, to this day, denies that that the genocides against the Armenians, the Greeks, and the Assyrians ever happened. Because the perpetrators were never brought to justice and the facts were forgotten, a second large-scale genocide was carried out in the 20th century— the Holocaust. The genocide against the Christians of the Ottoman Empire was well known to the Nazi regime, who carried out a very similar campaign of terror.

The Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center and The Pan-Pontian Federation of U.S.A-Canada is seeking your support for the production of a documentary to bring to light the historical events of the forgotten Greek genocide. We owe it to the memory of those who perished. We owe it to future generations, so that such events will not happen again. We owe it to the Christian communities of the Middle East that are subject to genocide today.

Help us reveal the facts. Help us honor the lives lost and their memory.

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$7,365 of $20k goal

Raised by 64 people in 24 months
Created April 27, 2015
Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center  
Kathy Karamanlidis Tassis
21 days ago

Must support!

Bettina Rousos
3 months ago

Thank you for excellent work on this very painful part of history. They will not be forgotten.

Emmanuel Ermidis
4 months ago

Thank you for allowing us to help.By helping others in this life we are only helping our self's.

4 months ago


mitchell schuman
4 months ago

"Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

16 months ago

We encourage everyone to donate to this very worthy effort.

Petros Hatjopoulos
18 months ago

Godspeed. Thank you for your great work.

Ellene Phufas-Jousma
22 months ago

Great work! Never forget!

George Tsilfidis
22 months ago

It is our duty to honor our ancestors by creating this documentary.

John E Davis
22 months ago

There is a moral obligation to those who perished that they should "never forgotten."

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