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HELLENIC CULTURAL COMMISSION

Panelists Examine History, Recognition of Hellenic Genocide
The National AHEPA Hellenic Cultural Commission and EMBCA
presented The Hellenic Genocide 1894-1923, an AHEPA
Seraphim Canoutas Lecture on September 15, in the Hellenic
Room at The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Paul. They held
the event, which was free to the public, in association with the
AHEPA family of Hempstead, N.Y. and the AHEPA family of
Empire District 6.
The event featured: District 6 Governor and EMBCA Founder
and President Louis Katsos, who presented on "I Smyrni mana
kaigetai/Mother Smyrna is burning;" Dr. Peter Stavrianidis, an
Ahepan and Archon of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle,
who presented on "Asia Minor - A Journey of Glory, Tradition
and Genocide;" and Sons of Pericles Supreme President Paul
Pavlakos, who presented on "Ensuring Never Again - How you
can get involved in Hellenic Genocide Recognition Efforts."
Brother Katsos, who chairs the AHEPA Hellenic Cultural
Commission and helped to establish the Canoutas Lecture
Series, also served as moderator.
The panel discussion offered insights into the history of the
Hellenic Genocide and important information concerning the
recognition effort spearheaded by the Sons of Pericles.
Chapter 170 President Anastasios Stampolis provided
greetings and introduced Katsos who spoke about the Smyrna
Catastrophe. Katsos pointed out that the Ottomans of that era
referred to the city as Infidel Smyrna due to the numerous
Hellenes and the large non-Muslim population.
Katsos introduced Dr. Stavrianidis, who is a past president of
the Pan-Pontian Federation of U.S. & Canada and was instrumental in the unanimous passage of a 2006 resolution urging Turkey
to respect the rights and religious freedoms of the Ecumenical
Patriarchate in the New Jersey State Legislature. He gave a brief
history of the Greeks in Asia Minor. He also provided an overview of key historical events, including: the founding in 330 AD
of New Rome, Constantinople, the Great Schism in 1054, the
sack of Constantinople in 1204, the fall of Constantinople in
1453, the fall of Trebizond in 1461, and the start of the Greek
War of Independence in 1821. Dr. Stavrianidis noted the arrival
of the Greek Army in Smyrna on May 15, 1919, the 1920 Treaty
of Sevres, and the 1923 population exchange between Greece
and Turkey, a condition of the Treaty of Lausanne.
Furthermore, Dr. Stavrianidis stated Hellenes have a moral
responsibility and an obligation to the 700,000 Hellenes who
lost their lives in the systematic ethnic cleansing, which fits the

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UN definition of Genocide, to seek recognition of the Hellenic
Genocide. He added that history is doomed to repeat itself if the
social, historical, and political significance of the Genocide is
not acknowledged. Stavrianidis, whose roots are from Pontus,
also noted that refugees from Asia Minor were not wanted in
Greece because of the fear they would vote for Venizelos and
subsequently were not treated very well in Greece. Slides highlighted the presentation with images of the atrocities committed, maps, and newspaper clippings, including a proclamation
from King Constantine I against Asia Minor Greeks leaving Asia
Minor.
In his presentation, Pavlakos, a Tax Associate for
International Tax Services at KPMG, noted the Hellenic
Genocide recognition effort is a serious undertaking because
the repercussions of the Genocide continue to affect the world
we live in today. Being concise and consistent is the key to
increasing awareness of the Hellenic Genocide and encouraged
all those present to contact their representatives on the state and
federal level to help achieve the goal of recognition.
Pavlakos has been active in awareness and recognition
efforts since 2017 by writing articles, presenting lectures, and
working to draft resolutions in U.S. Congress and several state
legislatures with many relating to Hellenic Genocide issues.

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