The Historical Archive of Refugee Hellenism of the Municipality of Kalamaria in collaboration with the Department of Culture of the Municipality and under the auspices of the Holy Metropolis of Nea Krini and Kalamaria held an event of remembrance and honor for the 100th anniversary of the Genocide of the Greeks of Pontos on December 2, 2019 at the Municipal Theatre Melina Merkouri. At this event:
b. Screening of the documentary “The Band” by the same journalist which won two awards at the 21st Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival in March 2019.
c. Performance of honour to the most prolific and famous and outside Greece Emeritus Professor of History of the University of Western Greece of Macedonia and member of the Board of Directors of HARH Konstantinos Fotiades.
The book “Witnesses … 100 years later” contains testimonies of first-generation refugees, most of whom refer to the “white death” marches and labor battalions. The book includes interviews with Survivors of Genocide. These interviews were taken during the 40 years of Mr. Aslanidis’s journalistic career by first-generation refugees. Others were published in newspapers and magazines, others were heard on radio stations and others were aired on television. The book was written by the Emeritus Professor of the PDM, Mr. Kon-nos Fotiades.
The documentary “The Band” refers to the true story of the Genocide and concerns the mass murders of the Greeks of Pontus by the butcher Topal Osman. It is based on the book written by Giannis Papadopoulos who was born in 1898 in Kerasounda and died in 1985 in Kavala. He was a musician, a member of the Kerasounda Philharmonic Orchestra which consisted of 13 Greeks and 3 Turks. This orchestra was violently “recruited” by Topal Osman to follow his tours and its members played Turkish marches while the chets (i.e. thieves) slaughtered, raped and robbed the Greeks. In the end, the bloodthirsty Topal Osman commanded all the members of the orchestra to be slaughtered. The only one who miraculously survived was Giannis Papadopoulos. He managed to come to Greece and settle with his family in Kavala. But he never played music again.
The documentary was created on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Genocide of the Greeks of Pontos and is dedicated to the memory of the 353,000 victims.
BIO OF EMERITUS DIRECTOR KONSTANTINOS FOTIADES
Konstantinos Fotiades was born in Ano Zervochori, Naoussa, in 1948 from refugee parents. In 1966 he finished the Private High School of I. Kagelidis in the village of Angelochori. The academic year 1966-67 passed on a scholarship to the Faculty of Philosophy of AUTh At the University of Tübingen he studied history for a total of ten semesters (Ancient Greek, Modern European and Balkan), for eight consecutive semesters of Empirical and Contemporary Folklore, next to the distinguished Professor and founder of the Bausinger department and for a semester political sciences. In December 1989 he was elected to the Faculty of Philosophy of AUTh as a lecturer in the History of Eastern Hellenism from the 15th century onwards. In 1993, he was elected Rep. Professor of History of New Hellenism in the Department of Primary Education of the Florina Pedagogical School and in 1997 was elected Professor of History of New Hellenism.
Today he is Emeritus Professor of Modern History in the Department of Primary Education of the University of Western Athens. Macedonia. He was Dean of the Florina Pedagogical School, the Organizing Committee of the First World Council of Abroad Hellenism, the Centre for Pontian Studies, the Pontian Studies Committee, the Scientific Committee of the Centre for the Study and Development of The Greek Black Sea Culture and the Scientific Committee of the “Iason” programme of AUTh for the dissemination of the Greek language and culture in the countries of the former Soviet Union. He has authored a large number of articles and books on Pontian and Asia Minor Hellenism, while organizing exhibitions and events on these issues throughout Greece and in many European countries. His top work was the 14th “Genocide of the Greeks of Pontos”, a publication of the Greek Parliament, the product of his long research in numerous archives in Greece and abroad. He has been awarded 12 honors. He is for many years a member of the Board of Directors of HARH and chairman of its Scientific Committee.