Katsikas, Stefanos skatsika at illinois.edu
Thu Apr 10 20:52:42 PDT 2014

Dear members of the list,

I am forwarding a message which was passed on me by Professor Maria Todorova (Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). I thought that some of you might be interested in visiting the electronic site that follows and sign the voting appeal to UNESCO.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

All the best,
Stephanos Katsikas
From: Gr Cul Protection
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 4:07 AM
To: Todorova, Maria N

Dear Professor Todorova,
 in my capacity as a Greek  citizen , i would like to thank you for the  great
contribution to the history of Eastern and Southeastern  Europe highly estimated to my country and wordwide.
I  am archaeologist and i am  writing to you on the following issue;
The economic turmoil is having a devastating effect on the country's rich cultural heritage. The Ministry's of Culture budget has been cut by 50% over the past 3 years. Greece has 210 archaeological museums, 250 organized archaeological sites and 19.000 designated monuments and sites.
As a result, a large number of cultural employees have been dismissed. The State authorities can't implement any more projects concerning the effective protection, conservation, and presentation of monuments and sites. Research and excavations are being abandoned. Museums are closed or shut down entire halls because of shortage of guards. Clandestine excavations, pillage and illicit trafficking of cultural property increased by 25% the past 3 years.
A group of Greeks who hardly struggle for the protection of our cultural heritage have created the site www.greekcultureprotection.com<http://www.greekcultureprotection.com/>comprising a voting appeal to UNESCO to take appropriate measures for the protection of cultural heritage of countries, as Greece, in economic crisis.
Nobel of literature prizes(Ms.Nadine Gordiner,Mr.Dario Fo,Mr.Gunder Grass),Mr.Mario Vitti(famous Italian Hellenist).the film-maker Mr.Costas Gavras,,the author Mr. Vassilis  Vassilikos,Mr.Jack Lang(ex-French Minister  of culture,President   of the Arab  World  Institute)Mr.Antonio  Lobo  Antunes(Portuguese author),many distinguised   Academicians  and professors  of Universities  from many countries(Prof.Sergei  Karpov,Prof Panagiota Atzaka,.Prof.Slobodan Curcic,Prof.Donald Mastronarde, Prof.Herrin  Judith,Prof. Maria Mavroudi ,Prof.Alain Schnapp,Prof.Salvatore Cosentino,Prof.Guido Vannini  ,Prof.,D.Michailides,Prof.Chr.Schminck-Gustavus,Prof.David Holton,Prof.Paul.Cartledge,Prof.Juan –Antonio  Alvarez-Pedrosa)to name a few   have already adopted  the appeal.
It would be a great honor for us if you  could support the above mentioned appeal
Thanking you in advance,please accept ,Madam,the assurances of our highest consideration .
 On behalf of  the initiative committee
Helen Methodiou,
Ex-counsellor at the Greek delegation to unesco
TEL+00309228878, +00306937103434
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