This year marks 100 years since the destruction of Smyrna and the Asia Minor tragedy, which is one of the darkest parts of our history. Hundreds of thousands of refugees from the historical regions of Asia Minor, Greeks and Armenians, fled to hospitable Greece to escape Turkey’s inhumane tactics during the implementation of its pan-Turkish vision. In 1922, approximately 90,000 Armenians fled to Greece, forming communities throughout the Greek territory.
In Greece, they were warmly welcomed by the Greek brothers, including the inhabitants of Syros. The local community of Syros, from the first moment, showed sensitivity and a welcoming attitude, making sure to help heal the wounds of the uprooted Armenians.
Entitled “The Armenian Genocide and the Settlement of Armenian Refugees in Greece” an interesting historical photo exhibition is being held, with rare anecdotal photographs from the Genocide, but also the arrival and settlement of Armenian refugees in Greece between the wars and later, as well as special reference to the Near East Relief Orphanage in Syros, which hosted over 2000 children, in the first years of the Asia Minor disaster.
The event is held in collaboration with the Municipality of Syros-Hermoupoli and the Armenian National Committee of Greece and is sponsored by S.A. Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia in Greece Mr. Tigran Mkrtsian.
G. & E. Vati Art Gallery – Miaouli Square – Ermoupoli
Date: Saturday 24 September 2022 to Friday 30 September
The opening of the exhibition will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 19.00. (Greetings of official bodies and artistic program)
Opening hours: 10:30 – 14:00 & 17:30 – 20:30
Co-organizer: Municipality of Syros Ermoupoli