[MGSA-L] Greek far-right party teaches history to kids

Aristide Caratzas acaratzas at gmail.com
Sun Mar 3 02:19:58 PST 2013

To correct the distortion of the "historical record:"

Whether or not Mrs. Repousi quoted Clogg is not the point, and I think the "hyperborean (sic?) academic" knows this. A historian's integrity dictates that (s)he go to the original source. It took a couple of days to find Mrs. Repousi's book —  Istoria ST Demotikou: Sta Neotera aki Synchrona Chronia— hence this delayed response.

The chapter titled "Asia Minor: Campaign and Catastrophe," on page 100 devotes a total of four paragraphs to the subject; the last paragraph reads [translation mine],

"One year later, the Turkish forces, led by Kemal, attacked and forced the Greek troops to retreat towards the coast. On August 27, 1922 the Turkish army entered Smyrna. Thousands of Greeks crowded into the port trying to board ships to leave for Greece."

Below the last paragraph is a map of northwestern Asia Minor and a "Glossary," which includes fours terms. The last is "Kemal Ataturk," who is described as the "leader of the liberation struggle (sic) of the Turks and later the president of the Turkish Republic."

There is nothing about the presence of Greek populations in Asia Minor, either in terms of time (thousands of years) or extent (probably a couple of million). Indeed there is nothing about the fact that the Greeks (and the other Christians such as the Armenians and the Assyrians) were the targets and victims of a planned campaign of extermination,  these plans having been drawn up and executed successfully by the Committee of Union and Progress, and later completed under Kemal Ataturk; this was the substance of his "liberation struggle," at least according to the foremost Greek Turcologist Neoklis Sarris. These "akatonomasta" historical facts (to borrow a term from Mr. Anastassiadis) constitute for serious scholars the first genocide of the twentieth century. 

One cannot wholly blame Mrs. Repousi, as the subject of the genocide of the Greeks of Asia Minor has been neglected by the Greeks themselves, probably deliberately. Certain mentalities have dominated: for the conservatives, not to dwell on subjects that may offend the Turks, while the leftists consider "nationalist" any critique on predatory Turkish nationalism . . . Mrs. Repousi's own words provide one level of explanation: when discussing her aforementioned comment on Kemal she stated, "There are also truths of other people. There is their truth" [presumably that of the Kemalists]. (quoted by In.gr, June 9, 2007 -  http://news.in.gr/greece/article/?aid=808446). 

One wonders if Mrs. Repousi and her friends are equally ready to be understanding of the "truths of other people," if the name of the people and their leader were different, say instead of "Greeks," "Jews," and instead of Mussolini's friend "Kemal Ataturk," it was "Adolf Hitler." (Interestingly this understanding attitude when it comes to hideous crimes such as genocide, holds for those aligned with both extremes of the political spectrum, fascists and leftists). 

Finally, as for Mrs. Repousi's education and interests; she is kind enough to post these — see the links below. While she states that she has a "Doctorat" in history from Paris I, Sorbonne, it is clear that her experience and interests, which are certainly fashionable, are tangential to the subjects she covers in her schoolbook. Then again, this may explain why she ignores the question of the Christian genocide of Asia Minor. . .

Aristide Caratzas

On Mar 1, 2013, at 6:13 PM, Tassos Anastassiadis wrote:

> Just for the historical record.
> The "akatanomasti" lady did not invent "her version" (sic) when writing of  the "crowded Smyrna quay" (sic). She was quoting what is written in p. 94 (1992, second edition 2002) of Richard Clogg's Concise history of Greece ( Cambridge UP), image 31 (with the famous photo). And I quote the caption:
> "Refugees crowded on the waterfront at Smyrna on 13 September 1922…"
> Now it's interesting that no fuzz had been made either in 1992 or 2002 about this book (or I have missed something). Why? We were probably too occupied with the "akatanomasti" republic at the time or the "akatanomastes" identity cards or some other "akatanomasti" conspiracy against our magnificent nation.
> Tristes tropiques!
> Tassos Anastassiadis
> " tangential" (hyperborean) academic
> Le 1 mars 2013 à 05:14, Aristide Caratzas a écrit :
>> We would like to thank June Samaras for posting the Turkish Hürriyet Daily News article on the educational activities of the Golden Dawn party in Greece.
>> I would like to note the heavy-handed irony in this, when "progressive" Greek-speaking individuals, with tangential academic degrees have left a gap in the secondary education cycle, some of which is being filled by this marginal right wing group. 
>> One example of many is the lady, who with degrees in French Literature and one that passes as "historiography," effectively denied the genocide of the Greeks and other Christians of Asia Minor. In her version of the sixth-grade "history" text, the Greeks "crowded the Smyrna quay," whether to  go on vacation, it was after all August-September 1922, or to escape extermination in not clarified . . . Thankfully, and for the record, this version of "history" ultimately was  rejected.
>> One final note on Hürriyet: it is presently an informative, relatively objective publication. There was a time however, around July-August 1974, as the invasion and ethnic cleansing in Cyprus were unfolding, when Hürriyet ran on its front page a poem which gloated about killing Greeks . . .
>> Aristide Caratzas
>> On Feb 28, 2013, at 10:24 PM, June Samaras wrote:
>>> Greek far-right party teaches history to kids
>>> ATHENS, Greece - The Associated Press
>>> http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/greek-far-right-party-teaches-history-to-kids.aspx?pageID=238&nID=42031&NewsCatID=351
>>> Leader of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party Nikolaos Mihaloliakos
>>> delivers a speech during a gathering in Athens February 2, 2013.
>>> REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
>>> Greece’s extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party has defended its
>>> decision to give Greek history lessons to primary school children at
>>> one of its offices.
>>> The government and mainstream parties have condemned the practice by
>>> Golden Dawn, which rejects the neo-Nazi label but is fond of Nazi
>>> literature and references. It also has often been accused of attacks
>>> on immigrants.
>>> The lessons began last week with children whose parents accepted an
>>> invitation at a party office in a small town near Athens. But the
>>> party said in a statement Wednesday that it will continue "national
>>> awakening" courses for its "little friends."
>>> The education ministry said no party has the right to "manipulate"
>>> children. The main opposition radical leftist Syriza party accused
>>> Golden Dawn of "brainwashing little tots with Nazi propaganda."
>>> February/28/2013
>>> -- 
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