[MGSA-L] Documentary on Istanbul’s Largest Greek Cemetery

June Samaras june.samaras at gmail.com
Mon Nov 24 20:25:22 PST 2014

Documentary on Istanbul’s Largest Greek Cemetery

by Ioanna Zikakou - Nov 21, 2014

A documentary on Şİşlİ Greek Orthodox Cemetery, the largest Greek Orthodox
cemetery in Istanbul, will be screened for the first time at Lütfi Kırdar
International Convention and Congress Center on Friday, November

The event is organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in collaboration
with Beyoğlu Greek Society. The documentary, entitled “Those who Depart
this World, Die Only when Forgotten” (“Bu Dünyadan Göçenler, Yalnız
Unutulduklarında Ölürler”), is directed by Angeliki Aristomenopoulou,
written by Nikos Mihailidis and narrated by Sia Kosioni, while the music
was composed by Mimis Plessas.

Many Greek and Turkish historians, such as Vlasis Agtzidis, Dimitris
Frangopoulos, Elena Papageorgiou, Professor Ayhan Aktar of Bilgi
University, as well as Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, appear in the

Şİşlİ Greek Orthodox Cemetery is the resting place of many Greek
scientists, artists, traders, bankers and members of prestigious Greek

In recent years, the Ecumenical Patriarchate in collaboration with Beyoğlu
Greek Society Foundation have been conducting a restoration project in 40
Greek cemeteries that stand out for their historical value. In an attempt
to remove all traces of the September 1955 events, when Istanbul’s Greek
minority was attacked, many Greek and Turkish stonemasons have worked in
the cemeteries in order to repair damages and restore the graves to their
original glory.

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June Samaras
2020 Old Station Rd
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Tel : 905-542-1877
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