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Literary Review: Books on Genocide and the Smyrna Catastrophe

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BOOKS ON GENOCIDE AND THE SMYRNA CATASTROPHE
by Eleni Sakellis
Published in The National Herald - October 5, 2019
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I am excited that The National Herald has given Hellenic Genealogy Geek the right to reprint articles that may be of interest to our group. 
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During the month of September, events were held commemorating the Smyrna Catastrophe of 1922 and many scholars who gave presentations referred to various sources and books on the topic. For those who missed the presentations but would still like to learn more about the event that so dramatically affected the course of history not only in Greece, but worldwide, the following books are a good place to start. 
Professor Ismini Lamb, Director of the Modern Greek Program in the Department of Classics at Georgetown University is currently working on a book about George Horton, the American diplomat best known for writing The Blight of Asia, which detailed Turkey’s atrocities against its…

John the Greek in the Wild West

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JOHN THE GREEK IN THE WILD WEST
by John Sitilides
Published in The National Herald - October 26, 2019
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I am excited that The National Herald has given Hellenic Genealogy Geek the right to reprint articles that may be of interest to our group. 
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Earlier this year, my koumbaro and dear friend Angelo K. Tsakopoulos drove me to Duke’s Diner in Olivehurst, CA, about 35 miles north of the state capital region of Sacramento where Angelo has achieved so much in shaping over the past half century. We stopped for a 6:30 AM breakfast en route to a tour of Angelo’s growing complex of walnut orchards in one of the most beautiful farm regions in the country. 
We sat down for an eye-popping breakfast of eggs, corned beef hash, grits and fresh-baked biscuits seeping with thick, creamy gravy. But even more enticing than the sumptuous meal before us was the story that was shared by the restaurant’s proprietor, Mary Jane Griego. It turns out she is …